Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Human evolution and "moral thinking" - the view from biology

WHENCE morality? That is a question which has troubled philosophers since their subject was invented. Two and a half millennia of debate have, however, failed to produce a satisfactory answer. So now it is time for someone else to have a go. And at a panel discussion at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting, a group of biologists did just that.

Further to this, this, this and this, more evidence: If there was hope, it lay in the proles.

4 Comments:

Blogger kurt said...

Richard Dawkins makes a very similar case in his latest book, and it makes sense to me, whatever that's worth. I suspect he might have been at this conference.

2:49 PM  
Blogger The Plump said...

They are a bit late getting round to it

4:25 AM  
Blogger Transmontanus said...

Keen eye, Gadgie.

I highly recommend Sloan Wilson & Sober's "Unto Others - the Evolution and Psychology of Unselfish Behaviour."

7:09 AM  
Blogger The Plump said...

Ordered it now Terry - will be interested to read it.

4:36 AM  

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