On Morality and Environments

According to Mark Hauser of Harvard, human brains have a separate morality module. We learn, however different morality packages in different environments. Individualism and confrontation are the appropriate responses to a stable environment, he says, while collectivism and conformity to an unstable one. Well, he seems to be thinking of the instability in terms of resource-poverty, where we all pull together to survive. I wonder whether he has considered another kind of unstable environment, one in which preaching of individualism and confrontation has led to a society based on maximum short-term extraction? Or would he consider that a stable one, in that the rich stay rich and the poor starve in an entirely predictable manner?

Posted on October 25, 2009 at 18:54 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink
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