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Moral Judgment Fails Without Feelings


March 21, 2007

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Consider the following scenario: someone you know has AIDS and plans to infect others, some of whom will die. Your only options are to let it happen or to kill the person. Do you pull the trigger? Most people waver or say they could not, even if they agree that in theory they should. But according to a new study, subjects with damage to a part of the frontal lobe make a less personal calculation. Full Story

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