The neuroscience of morality

How your brain makes moral judgments

Imagine a CEO wants to profit from a venture that, by the way, involves emitting pollution toxic to the environment, but she doesn’t care because the goal is profit. Is the CEO intentionally harming the environment? What if, instead, the CEO is pushing a project that happens to help the environment — is the benefit any more or less intentional than the harm in the other scenario? How do you morally judge each of these situations? Science is still trying to work out how exactly we reason through moral problems such as these, and how we judge others on the morality of their actions, said Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, professor of practical ethics at Duke University. Researchers interested in the neuroscience of morality are investigating which brain networks are involved in such decisions, and what might account for people’s individual differences in judgments. ….[READ]

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