Life Chimp Morality
posted by March 20 at 12:06 PMon
This summation of Franz de Waal’s thoughts on the derivation of human morality is nice for two reasons.
1) It provides a plausible explanation for why we think cannibalism is worse than eating meat, or abortion is worse than stepping on beetles—that is, that the distinction is not rational, but emotional. Morality is whatever best preserves group harmony.
and 2) It shows that cucumbers are objectively less delicious than grapes. Thank you, capuchin monkeys.