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1

Can there be a biological route to Morality?

Yes. 

Reciprocity and Fairness

Empathy and Compassion

 

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Reptiles

Never exhibit cooperative behavior.

No survival advantage.

3

What About Humans/Mamals?

We need to communicate/cooperate in order to eat the things we like. 

We evolved to live in social environments.  It would be very difficult for us to live on our own,

4

Humans and needs

We actually need more than food and shelter

Our brains demand complex societies

Our children more care than perhaps any other animal

It really does take a village to do much of anything as a human

5

How do these villages develop?

-Empathy

-Reciprocity

-Fairness

6

Punchline

We are born with the capacity to be moral, but it has to be fleshed out.

Good morals = ƒ(Good environment + error)

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