Right or Left?

This article by Steven Pinker is fantastic!


The science of the moral sense also alerts us to ways in which our psychological makeup can get in the way of our arriving at the most defensible moral conclusions. The moral sense, we are learning, is as vulnerable to illusions as the other senses. It is apt to confuse morality per se with purity, status and conformity. It tends to reframe practical problems as moral crusades and thus see their solution in punitive aggression. It imposes taboos that make certain ideas indiscussible. And it has the nasty habit of always putting the self on the side of the angels.

A lot of issues are going to be debated in this election year and it has been an interesting exercise to frame the arguments using the spheres that Pinker describes.

1 comment:

Ashutosh said...

Great article. Pinker is marvelous indeed. Once when asked to say in one line how the brain worked, he remarked, "Brain cells fire in patterns". Remarkably accurate and succint.