In this lesson students explore the causes of our moral intuitions with the help of a sorting activity and reflection questions.
Moral taste buds
In this lesson students explore the causes and functions of, as well as ways to flexibly relate to our moral intuitions by engaging the analogy to our taste buds.
- Teaching material type Analogy mapping, Full lesson plan, Tinbergen's questions
- Subject Areas Biology, Ethics, Social Studies, Social-Emotional Learning
- Learning Goals Evaluation Competency, Evolutionary Thinking, Intercultural Competence, Self-Regulation Competency
- Suitable Grade Levels 9-12
- Concepts Development of behavior, Function of behavior, Identity, Mismatch, Moral cognition, Phylogeny, Psychological flexibility
- Content Anchors Ancient Ancestors, Our Mind
Author: Susan Hanisch
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- The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion is a 2012 social psychology book by Jonathan Haidt, in which the author describes human morality as it relates to politics and religion. In the first section, Haidt demonstrates that people’s beliefs are driven primarily by intuition, with reason operating mostly to justify beliefs that are intuitively obvious. In the second section, he lays out his theory that the human brain is organized to respond to several distinct types of moral violations, much like a tongue is organized to respond to different sorts of foods. In the last section, Haidt proposes that humans have an innate capacity to sometimes be “groupish” rather than “selfish”. (Source: Wikipedia)