Bias 5: Moral Dilemma

  Mathematically, both situations are identical. You save 5 lives compared to 1; however, the second case directly involves our responsibility. WE kill the fat man to save the others. The latter situation is thus highly emotional and most people prefer to do nothing. Contrary to the first situation, pushing the fat man involves our ventromedial…

What is the Role of Emotions in Moral Judgement?

  A long Cartesian tradition tends to present emotions as deterring us from morality, pure fruit of our rationality. Other philosophical streams have contrarily put emotions at the basis of morality. This everlasting debate has recently been the object of neuroscientific studies. They have shown that the prefrontral ventromedian cortex plays a crucial role in…