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Just Babies

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Paul Bloom

Although we learn many moral behaviors in childhood, babies already possess qualities essential for moral development. Even though we're hardwired to make moral judgments, what's considered ethical and what isn't differs worldwide and seems to change over time. Explore new possibilities. Next time you unquestioningly follow a cultural norm, rather than thinking, “That’s just how we do things," reframe your thinking as "It's just the way our tribe does things." Thus, you will become more accepting of the moral values of other societies and foster cross-cultural understanding. Meet people outside your immediate circle of friends. Consider spending time with people outside your usual social circle occasionally. You might become more tolerant and open to others when you learn how they view the world.

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As well as exploring how feelings influence our moral judgments, Just Babies examines the role family and kinship play in our morals and society's impact in fostering morality. Additionally, the book illustrates what happens when we do not have the emotions we need to act morally.

Book summary

Although we learn many moral behaviors in childhood, babies already possess qualities essential for moral development. Even though we're hardwired to make moral judgments, what's considered ethical and what isn't differs worldwide and seems to change over time. Explore new possibilities. Next time you unquestioningly follow a cultural norm, rather than thinking, “That’s just how we do things," reframe your thinking as "It's just the way our tribe does things." Thus, you will become more accepting of the moral values of other societies and foster cross-cultural understanding. Meet people outside your immediate circle of friends. Consider spending time with people outside your usual social circle occasionally. You might become more tolerant and open to others when you learn how they view the world.

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There seems to be some innate element of moral judgment.

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The pain of others affects even infants and young children.

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Children prefer sharing resources equally.

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Moral judgments require compassion, but compassion alone does not make us moral.

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As we become more concerned with purity and disgust, our moral judgments become harsher.

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