Thursday, October 14, 2010

Robert Wright & Frans de Waal: The Evolution of Morality

Good stuff - I am a fan of Wright's perspective on the evolution of the idea of God, and what that shows about our conceptualization of morality. I'm an even bigger fan of de Waal's work with empathy and how it works to provide social cohesion.

I can't share the video here, so follow the link below to watch the video.
Robert Wright and primatologist Frans de Waal discuss whether or not we need God to explain moral behavior, or if phenomena like empathy can arise from natural selection, as well as the roles religion and community play in structuring and implementing the principles by which societies function.

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