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Moral Minds: How Nature Designed Our Universal Sense of Right and Wrong

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2006

    His Conclusion Lacks Valid Support

    Yes, it is true that even without training, humans have an innate sense of right and wrong. And I agree that this sense of right and wrong is something with which we are born and it is then shaped by nurturing. But to conclude that--because this sense is in our genes and not a direct result of nurturing--it must be the result of evolution is absurd. The most widely circulated book of all time clearly states that people everywhere in the world, whether they received what is known as the Mosaic Law (10 Commandments, etc.) or not, 'do By Nature the things in the law'--know murdering, stealing, etcetera are wrong--because they have a conscience written in their hearts. (Romans 2:14, 15) This is in agreement with the idea of an inborn sense of right and wrong in humans. It took a lawyer two verses to clearly explain something that Dr. Hauser attempts to explain using over 400 pages. Dr. Hauser is grasping at straws. Why do scientists take something so simple and turn it into something so complicated, just to avoid acknowledging a Creator? Because His existence defies their ability to explain, prove, and quantify? That, too, is absurd. Before scientists could measure brain activity, did they deny that people think, feel, and dream? If any among them did, what do we think of those scientists now?

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  • Posted August 21, 2010

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    Before you read this author, reseach his recent past. There might be important problems with his work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2006

    A Revolution in Understanding Human Nature

    'Moral Minds' creates a new paradigm for the central Western discipline of moral philosophy but it is more. It is an intellectual revolution in the concept of human beings. Hauser claims that all human beings possess the same inborn moral faculty that generates our basic moral decisions and actions. The faculty's dictates are innate and beyond critical conscious reach. Hauser's findings and thesis have major implications for the reigning philosophical ideology in American academia--postmodernism. His work decisively shatters postmodern theory of human beings. It delivers the coup de grâce in postmodernism's most sensitive spot--the moral understanding of humankind. In a word, Hauser demolishes the fundamental claims of postmodernism, such as claims that there is no universal human nature and that all human characteristics are social constructions. I have written a fuller appreciation of 'Moral Minds' on my Typepad blog, 'Bag of Worms Yet Words' to which I refer the reader. 'Moral Minds' will be -- and should be -- celebrated and read widely as the long-awaited start of the intellectual revolution in Western thought against the postmodern philosophy that has dragged on since its popular emergence in the 1940s.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2006


    Hauser presents a revolutionary framework for thinking about the sources of our moral judgment by making the case that morality works in some of the same ways as language. it is revolutionary because it forces us to think about our instinctive moral responses, as opposed to our rational reconstructions. it will be a manifesto for the sciences for years to come.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2006

    well written and insightful

    this is a remarkably well written book given the difficulty of the material. Hauser manages to explain complicated issues with great clarity. the implications of the ideas are extremely important if not worrying. the basic idea is that we have evolved a moral instinct that enables us to rapidly, albeit unconsciously, decide what is right or wrong. in some cases, these decisions may well be blocked off from cultural influences, including religion. thus, instead of parents teaching children about morality, they have the general principles in mind from the beginning and then culture fills in the details. these ideas are very exciting and fascinating to contemplate, and the book reads like a mystery novel.

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    Posted October 12, 2010

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