Last night on CBS 60 Minutes one segment covered the research being conducted by a husband and wife couple at Yale University involving preverbal infants. Most of the test subjects were 3 to 6 months old. The study was trying to determine if any evidence existed that human beings at these young ages had any cognitive abilities regarding issues of morality. Surprisingly the results were that, indeed, even preverbal babies demonstrated choices involving right and wrong, good and bad, reward or punish. It was amazing to watch these small babys observe a situation and then make a moral choice based on what they just saw. The results were surprising as the infants statistically were in agreement. It seems to some extent we are actually wired genetically to make moral decisions. Morality in other words is not necessarily a totally learned concept. 

But theists say without God and his GOOD BOOK we would not know right from wrong. This study seems to fly in the face of religion being the only foundation for morality. 

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Comment by Jonathan Ruff on November 19, 2012 at 10:16pm

I'm not surprised at all, been saying this for years. Other apes show the same types of behavior and they have no "good book" to go by. It's good to see a proper study done with infants to push the point home though.

Comment by Ed on November 20, 2012 at 9:40am

"Other Apes" , Jonathan? The theists would go into evolutionary convulsions hearing that one....lol

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