Unformatted text preview: according to their own merits vs. people should be treated universally well) seem to often be so abstract, one-sided and plainly nonsensical/trivial (e.g., “people” are formed at conception vs. “people” are formed sometime during the second trimester) that the idea that we somehow come up with these ideas out of the blue and then base our strong moral emotions from them is ridiculous. It does make much more sense that subtle social and biological cues (e.g., perceived disapproval from others, a gut feeling) makes one first feel and then justify why a behavior should or should not be performed. I found the disconnect between these basic emotions and reasoning ability in psychopaths the most fascinating, because it exemplified how a lack of initial moral affect can make people seemingly lose their humanity and, in essence, become monsters. When I go back to my church group later tonight, I’m definitely going to bring up this article and its many implications....
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- Winter '07
- Psychology, Feeling, particularly universal morality