Skip to comments.Do Babies Have a Moral Compass? Debate Heats Up
Posted on 08/16/2012 8:23:53 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
An experiment five years ago suggested that babies are equipped with an innate moral compass, which drives them to choose good individuals over the bad in a wooden puppet show. But new research casts doubt on those findings, demonstrating that a baby's apparent preference for what's right might just reflect a fondness for bouncy things.
The researchers who conducted the original study stand by their results and interpretations, pointing to some discrepancies in the new study.
In the original study, conducted by Yale researchers in 2007, groups of 6-month-olds and 10-month-olds watched a puppet show with neutral wooden figures, where one figure, the climber, was trying to get up a hill. In one scenario, one of the other figures, called the helper, assisted the climber up the hill. In the other scenario, a third figure, called the hinderer, pushed the climber down.
Babies were then presented with the helper and hinderer figures so they could pick which one they preferred, and 14 out of 16 babies in the older group (10 months old) and all 12 of the 6-month-olds picked the helper. The study, which was published in the journal Nature, seemed to imply that infants could be good judges of character. [
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Well that explains democrats... at some point their moral compass was replaced with a fondness for bouncy things.
Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.
Attack on original sin. . . man is innately good vs man is innately sinful as the Bible teaches. Just try to raise a child from a baby and give them everything they want, when they want it. Do that and you will discover what a vile little POS they can become left to their own devices.
Babies only dream of angels, liberals only dream of their deaths.
for babies, selfishness works and it means they get the milk they need to survive..
we must be taught to be good.. i
Cute little heartwarming idea ... but no, they don’t. Anybody that’s ever raised a kid can tell you that
They have to be taught right-and-wrong. They recognize good and bad emotions ... smile vs. scowl, etc. But, they do not know right from wrong ... and, when they learn, they don’t instinctively pick right.
Does somebody ACTUALLY PAY people to do this crap? Must be "GUBMINT" funded. Tragic.
“Do Babies Have a Moral Compass? “
Well.... I’m pretty sure that babies think that killing babies before they are born, is wrong. If they could vote, I am sure they would vote against abortion.
Where my money?
IDIOTS. They are babies. On what would their moral compass be based on as they have no personal experiences....
When my grand aunt was born she had a natural scowl look on her face. As she grew her photos still show that scowl.
When I was a baby my parents said I was terrified of my aunt. I got over it as I grew older but I always remember that mad look on her face.
When I was a child in school I had a knack for pointing out the bullies on the school bus just by their looks.
On my first day at a new school one boy got on the bus and his looks terrified me. Yes, his whole family were natural born troublemakers on the bus and in school. His younger brother is doing life in prison now.
——IDIOTS. They are babies. On what would their moral compass be based on as they have no personal experiences....——
I think your premise is faulty....that morality is only born of personal experiance....humans including babies are born with a conscience...
I base that on the fact that many cultures across the world going back to when men first appeared have set up laws and rules which universally are similar....
People inherently know the basics of what is right or wrong....until corrupted by their upbringing or life experiences...
I don’t know many adults who are good judges of character, much less than an infant! Proof....ELECTIONS
What a wonderful pic!
False debate. That babies would gravitate towards the “nice” person says nothing about a moral compass.
I think you could make the argument that even “bad” adults will gravitate towards those perceived as helpers - rather than “hinderers”.
(the good-girl-seeks-bad-boy syndrome notwithstanding)
It might be interpreted differently:babies are not fond of any disruption of flow. Helping the climber keeps the flow (of climbing), pushing down is a disruption.
Thank you. I do need to do a little photoshop on it to remove the dust specks etc.
I recently sent that picture to my daughter who is now grown with half grown kids of her own.
When Mother was dying at age 86 she felt so bad she did not even want her sisters to visit and those sisters were very close. Actually she didn’t want to see anyone but she made an exception for that granddaughter. She had 12 grandchildren but Lesley was the only one she agreed to see. Lesley loved her Grabdna so much that it really hurt her to see Mother so ill.
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