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The 7th Avenue Project: Cognitive Scientist Paul Bloom on the Foundations of Morality

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Robert Pollie spoke with Paul Bloom about the precocious moral awareness of young infants and the ingenious experiments used to demonstrate it. Now Paul has synthesized those findings in a far-reaching exploration of our ethical capacities and limitations.

Topics covered in this interview include:

* Are we born with a sense of right and wrong?

* Gut feelings vs. rational deliberation as a basis for ethical behavior

* Adam Smith’s The Theory of Moral Sentiments and why it still rocks

* The roots of racism

* Mafia morality

* Modern sitcoms and moral uplift

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