SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- An occasion linking "thankfulness" with "giving" tends to highlight a human inclination to share with others.
Doesn't sharing one's bounty with fellow humans, especially those less fortunate, seem like "a good thing" to do?
Science has made considerable progress in investigating humans' moral sentiments, and now there is an infographic and a new web portal to shed light on what researchers have found out so far about how human morality has come about. (www.the-brights.net/morality)
The Brights' Net, a nonprofit organization dedicated to "illuminating and elevating the naturalistic worldview," has produced the infographic and its companion web materials to enlighten the mass public on the naturalistic origins of human morality.
This fresh online material offers easy public access to straightforward and scientifically substantiated information pointing out what is inherent in human moral sentiments and common ethical patterns. Sharing our abundance? In a nutshell, the evidence is "in" that human morality doesn't come from God or other supernatural sources. It is part of us.
Expressing gratitude? We have our own humanity to thank!
Currently, the infographic is available at the new web portal in a dozen languages (English, Spanish, French, German, Brazilian Portuguese, European Portuguese, Dutch, Italian, Russian, Bahasa Indonesia, Czech, and Esperanto). The Brights' Net has plans to translate content into even more languages (e.g., Hebrew, Arabic, Turkish).
Dr. Mynga Futrell, Executive Director, explained the need for disseminating such information: "Persons who have a worldview free of supernatural elements are continuously up against the notion that they are somehow lacking in morality. We sought to simply and factually address these misunderstandings about human morality with candid and credible information."
"The view that morality is a system of rules imposed by God or gods has long been disavowed in academia; yet it is the prevailing view in many societies today," according to Jason Halpern, who constructed the web portal.
The four main statements depicted on the infographic and the 97 scientific studies on morality that serve as evidence for them were compiled by a team of volunteers from The Brights and then peer-reviewed for authentication by biologists, psychologists, social scientists, and philosophers who study morality. The web portal, www.the-brights.net/morality, provides additional lay explanations of the statements and links to recommended readings on the subject.
The Brights' Net and the aforementioned panel of scientists note that, according to the empirical evidence, humans are naturally inclined towards both moral and immoral behavior.
"The Brights offer us a smart and sophisticated, yet still highly accessible, window into the evolutionary roots of human morality. Everyone should read this [infographic] and then send it on to ten friends," stated Jessica Pierce, Ph.D., a bioethicist from the University of Colorado.
For more information about the "Reality about Morality" Project, visit the web portal and infographic at www.the-brights.net/morality.
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SOURCE The Brights' Net