The Complex Science Behind Our Morality

We get a lot of lessons about ethics and morality when we’re young, and for the most part, they still apply to us long after we move on from elementary school. But there’s more to morality than what we learned in the Gerber and Elmo years. Fiery Cushman, a psychologist at Harvard University, studies the complex science behind our morals, and his research has revealed some counterintuitive ideas about why we do — and don’t do — the right thing. Here are three findings about morality you didn’t learn in kindergarten.

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