Researchers Help Explain Why We Favor a Black and White Approach to Morality
April 7, 2016
(Science Daily) – Would you kill one innocent person to save five? Choose your answer wisely: your popularity may depend on it. New research from Oxford and Cornell Universities shows people gauge others’ trustworthiness based on their moral judgments. The findings can help explain why snap judgements about morality tend to be based on a set of absolute moral rules (such as “don’t kill innocent people”), even if we might make different decisions when given more time.