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60 Minutes and Moral Reasoning in Infants

Do infants understand right and wrong?  60 Minutes recently did a fascinating piece on Yale researchers who think the answer is yes.  Click here to view a compelling 15-minute piece that features puppets, Cheerios, and the specter of bigotry in babies!TEACHING SUGGESTION: Have students view this piece as part of a conversation about human nature.  How does this connect to what Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau and other social contract theorists say about the State of Nature?  You might also ask whether it is ethical to use babies in studies like this–introducing them to a type of ethical question that scientific researchers confront every day.

Jan 18, 2013

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