Where do our moral principles come from? From religion? From philosophy? From judicial institutions? Regardless of their culture, all human beings sense that it is wrong to hurt others and that it is right to offer them help.
Marc Hauser, Psychobiologist at Harvard University and author of the book ‘Moral Minds‘ explains to Eduard Punset that the principal sources of our moral judgement do not come from the church or other institutions. Emotions such as vengeance, compassion and love are forms of behaviour that have helped humans survive in communities for many thousands of years. Morality is even a tool that is biologically inherited to consolidate a society. From a multidisciplinary perspective, which includes neurobiology, psychology, anthropology and linguistics, Hauser defends the existence of a set of universal moral principles that govern our decisions and judgements when it comes to distinguishing between good and bad.
A children’s game with a set of simple rules, developed by Quim de Marimon, Psychologist and Director of Praxistudy, demonstrates the fundamental moral principles that Hauser studies. Óscar Vilaroya, Neuroscientist at the UAB, explains how the game developed by Marimon reflects behavioural conduct seen in all humans.