How Your Morality is Connected to Your Brain

Are your personal politics genetic? This could be how your moral compass is formed. 🧠

Her biological approach has made her a controversial figure among philosophers

Could our individual morality be hard-wired? According to Neuro-philosopher Patricia Churchland we need to look at the brain to understand where our moral values comes from. According to Churchland, our moral values are rooted in a behavior common to all mammals the caring for offspring. And a key part of the story is brain chemicals. Oxytocin and the other peptide, vasopressin, are known to be very important in regulating social behavior in mammals and in birds. They are important for generating attachments and maintaining attachments first to offspring but to parents, to siblings, to friends, to mates and so on.

“There are many regions of the brain that contribute to virtually everything we do, to all of the decisions we make, to all of the behaviors we engage in, even to perception. We know that for social and moral decisions that frontal structures, these guys up here above the eyes, that those structures are very important, but so are the very ancient structures that provide motivation structures and in what's called the brain stem and in the basal ganglia. So there isn't a morality center, it isn't like you know you can ping it often and suddenly somebody would just be immoral, it's very complicated but then, everything about the brain is very complicated,” Patricia Churchland tells Brut.

Just like brain science, genetics could also be the key to understanding moral decision-making. Studies even show that biology can determine political views, as in, whether someone is liberal or conservative. Yet, according to Churchland, genetics is not everything. Her biological approach has made her a controversial figure among philosophers. Disrupting the Western philosophical tradition, her views are reshaping the way we think about our moral absolutes.


10/13/2019 11:58 AMupdated: 10/17/2019 1:05 PM


  • Al G.
    11/04/2019 05:06

    Are you control of your self ? Are you making choices to rob rap and pillage. Thems are your choices are they not. DNA dozent deside to kill your whole family . Doze it? We have a thing called free will that's in or DNA as well . So please explain your free will is that not your choice. Are you still confused on that fact that's also written in your DNA . Are you still confused? So I will say again free will is our product of our DNA. So if you still confused look closer . The facts my lost friend is in your DNA look closer please. No "excuses" please . Theres no way out for what you've done wrong !!! DNA has no excuses. Your a miracle to begin with deal with that ? IN THE NAME OF SCIENCE!!!

  • Logan F.
    10/29/2019 10:34

    My grandfather was a Nazi soldier.

  • Kashif M.
    10/28/2019 23:51

    I meet with many people in my life majority on facebook in different situations specially that time. When people stop and stay due to manage for next level thrmself. I did manay experiments to Mr. President in their conditions of mind during learning time. He has healthy personality and abilities deal in all flow of situations. There people stop for manage inter for in next level. So differences of religions or belief must disagree and attached with inner souls wherefrom anyone from belong. As some call me doing flattering, some call respact, Very much voices delivered from participants. I get the first time this chance naturally in my life and crossed the many sharing, opinions and ideas. I respect them all. But these were living in limits that ensure of their extra free time activities or people not utalize their that energy which inside of people. These kind of mind or sense approach contribute in unstablity in communities. The think is horrible is this. These people are demandable for support any unstable situation. I get learn something during study. The reaction of people was continued as those are in their activities of limits. Because family and political merging was first and last experiment of participants who give me very much healthy and valuable some understanding with support of different siprictual sources of connections. This is difficult path mostly not walk on this way. I step back to these many time.

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    10/20/2019 00:05


  • Khaleel J.
    10/18/2019 14:54

    Economy determines everything these days..

  • Sayan N.
    10/18/2019 10:14

    Asher Alexis

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    10/17/2019 04:31


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    10/15/2019 08:45


  • Solmira A.
    10/14/2019 16:45

    Just showing off ma badge

  • Qui L.
    10/14/2019 16:01

    Just showing off my badge

  • Matthew C.
    10/14/2019 16:00

    Well, that sounds like an argument for eugenics.

  • Ramon M.
    10/14/2019 15:52


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  • Daniela C.
    10/14/2019 06:32


  • Shaista A.
    10/14/2019 01:52

    Brain power it is! 🧠

  • Nith B.
    10/13/2019 22:53


  • Tomo
    10/13/2019 20:35

    something virtually inside our brain

  • Ű§ŰŻÙŠŰš Űč.
    10/13/2019 17:25

    That's awesome

  • Tim L.
    10/13/2019 15:01

    trump has one region, trumpism. 40% of Americans are in that category.

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