Reality about Human Morality: Substantiating Research
Updated January 2019

 Statement #1

Morality is an evolved repertoire of cognitive and emotional mechanisms with distinct biological underpinnings, as modified by experience acquired throughout the human lifespan.

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Prof. Peter Singer suggested adding at the end of sentence “…and by our capacity to reason and reflect on that experience.”

 Statement #2

Morality is not the exclusive domain of Homo sapiens; there is significant cross-species evidence in the scientific literature that animals exhibit "pre-morality" or basic moral behaviors (i.e. those patterns of behavior that parallel central elements of human moral behavior).

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 Statement #3

Morality is a "human universal" (i.e., exists across all cultures worldwide), a part of human nature acquired during evolution.

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 Statement #4

Young children and infants demonstrate some aspects of moral cognition and behavior (which precede specific learning experiences and worldview development).

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