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The Origins of Good and Evil

Book - 2013
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A leading cognitive scientist argues that a human sense of morality is genetically innate, drawing on years of original research at Yale to challenge psychological beliefs and explain how morality is a limited behavior that is subject to a natural hatred of different groups and a species-unique capacity for reason.
Publisher: New York : Crown, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307886842
Characteristics: 273 p. ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Origins of good and evil


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Nov 22, 2018

a breezy read, full of fascinating details about the development of our morality

JCLChrisK Aug 19, 2015

A highly readable, engaging, and intriguing look at philosophical, biological, and psychological issues of morality. Bloom begins from his work with infants and children as a cognitive scientist, sharing what studies have shown is an innate sense of right and wrong that we are all born with and how it (potentially) develops into adult morality. He reviews what other thinkers have theorized, describes research into the field, and shares his own conclusions with conversational, everyday language. The chapter titles indicate his areas of consideration: The Moral Life of Babies; Empathy and Compassion; Fairness, Status, and Punishment; Others; Bodies; Family Matters; and How to Be Good. I wish he would have synthesized his thoughts in the different areas into a clearer whole, but he certainly offers much food for thought.

Jan 06, 2015

This is a good book, it teaches us about human nature, I dont want to spoil the the final conclusion of the book, so is human nature good or bad, you have to read the book to find out the conclusion.

What I can take away from this book is to teach my child "The Golden Rule" when it comes to being a good and responsible human being.


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