Location: Melbourne FL, USA - Pine and Palmetto Flatland, Sandy and Acidic
posted 6 years ago
At the Infant Cognition Center of Yale University, since the early 1990's a series of tests were conducted to evaluate a theory that infants have a predisposition to moral patterns of behavior. Due to the limited ability of testing, a statistical approach is used to identify any biases in the behavior of infants. During the years of the study, it was observed that upwards of 80 percent of infants showed preferential treatment towards helpful characters. Originally I had a very mild inclination to post this in the "intentional community / city repair / ecovillage" because of the studies close association with culture and community. The study only scratches at the theory of genetics defining a person's moral compass and though it does not describe to what degree, it does statistically prove that we are born with a certain predisposition. Ultimately, because of the notion that genetics has a role this lead me to reflect on principles of animal husbandry which also opens additional controversy by increasing speculation on the possibility of inherited predispositions from negative patterns of behavior found in parents (e.i. selfishness, criminality or other risk behaviors).
Those who hammer their swords into plows will plow for those who don't!