18 December 2009
Moral Thought Studies and Morality Without Religion
This Situationist post has a three part video of Mark Hauser talking about studies of moral psychology that demonstrate the current insights about the universality of unconscious moral thoughts. The "Rational" moral thought versus "Emotional" moral thought debate is shown to be wrong on both counts because unconscious moral thought processes precede and crucially shape both emotion and rational justification. Culture (potentially in the form of religion) influences the emotions felt and the actions that will be taken, but much of the moral framing of how we understand the nature of the situation occurs unconsciously.