Psychologists have long believed that we begin life as amoral animals.
After all, isn’t it the role of society to transform babies from little psychopaths into civilized beings? Paul Bloom argues that humans are in fact hardwired with a sense of morality. Join him for a fascinating discussion as he reveals that babies and toddlers can judge the goodness and badness of others’ actions; and that they feel guilt, shame, pride and righteous anger.
Paul Bloom will be selling and signing copies of his book Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil following the event.
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Paul Bloom is the Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor of Psychology at Yale University, and the author of Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil. His 2011 TED Global talk on the origins of pleasure has been viewed more than 1 million times.
This lecture is endowed in memory of Albert Hardy Newman.
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