The Faith Middleton Show
10:05 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Are Babies Born As Moral Persons?

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From Faith Middleton: Yale's Paul Bloom is an expert on research showing infants do, in fact, act with moral purpose, if given the opportunity.

Babies, says Bloom and his colleagues, show empathy, compassion, and have a clear understanding of what is and is not fair.

In his book, Just Babies, Bloom explores the origins of good and evil; cruises through sometimes stunning research using babies; and explains why, despite innate morality, we are also capable of shattering cruelty.

Bloom's hopeful book is an important step in understanding how humans can learn to co-exist peacefully with differences.

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GUEST:

  • Paul Bloom is a Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science at Yale University and author of Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil.

MUSIC:

  • “Gne Gne,” Montefiori Cocktail
  • “Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing,” Chris Isaak
  • “Talking Bout My Baby,” Fatboy Slim
  • “Hey Baby,” No Doubt

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