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Evil vs Good Babies

Post by Nath21 » Mon, 10 May 2010 12:28 pm

LONDON: Babies are able to tell good from evil from the age of six months, a study has suggested.

Researchers from the Infant Cognition Centre at Yale University in the US asked infants of various ages to choose between characters that they had seen behaving well or badly, and found they overwhelmingly favoured the ''good'' characters.

The research contradicts the belief promoted by psychologists such as Sigmund Freud that babies are born ''amoral animals'' and acquire a sense of right and wrong through conditioning.

In one experiment, babies aged between six months and a year watched an animated film in which a ball with eyes tries to climb a hill while a square tries to help push it up and a triangle tries to force it back down.

At the end of the film, scientists tested which shape the babies favoured by measuring how long they spent looking at a picture of each one. In 80 per cent of cases, the babies chose the helpful character over the unhelpful one.

Paul Bloom, the psychologist who heads the study team, said: ''Some sense of good and evil seems to be bred in the bone.''

I love these experiments its good to see the key issues in the world getting resolved. Does this mean 20% of babies are inherently evil, just choose the wrong shapes to hang out with. I mean traingles, who likes triangles? Egyptians maybe but triangles have been out of favour for a few thousand years. Then again maybe the baby thought the ball and the square were evil bullies ganging up on the triangle to knock it off its home on top of the hill.

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Post by februus » Thu, 13 May 2010 5:08 pm

and why are circles so lazy?

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