Book looks at origins of morality through studies of babies

10/28/2013 | New Scientist

Babies can tell good from bad, suggesting that morality is innate, according to a book by psychology professor Paul Bloom of Yale University. In "Just Babies: The origins of good and evil," Bloom, citing his own experiments as well as other studies, details how babies as young as 3 months old can tell the good guys from the bad during a puppet show and how, when they are just a little older, the babies gravitate toward the good guys and punish bad behavior. The basis of Bloom's book is that the roots of morality are evolutionary and that humans are not born as blank slates.

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