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Oliver Scott Curry
Research Director Research Affiliate/Associate Evolution,cooperation, morality & politics. All tweets are hypotheses
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Oliver Scott Curry 10h
I’m on at 1h 22m
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Oliver Scott Curry 16h
Replying to @BealBree
I don't really understand your argument here. Is it just as valid to define a banana as a round orange fruit, as it is to define it as a curved yellow fruit? (Besides, I'm not 'defining' anything, I'm explaining.)
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Oliver Scott Curry 16h
Replying to @BealBree
How is morality used to justify genocide?? What's the argument? Can you give me an example?
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Oliver Scott Curry 17h
Replying to @BealBree
I don't think I'm conflating anything. I'm offering an explanation of the phenomena we call moral (and immoral).
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Oliver Scott Curry 18h
Replying to @Oliver_S_Curry
And finally, the question of ‘duties to self’ is interesting, but on closer inspection they may turn out to be cooperative — ie they are signals, and/or about making yourself a useful member of society.
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Oliver Scott Curry 18h
Replying to @Oliver_S_Curry
Yes, cooperating groups will often come into conflict. Nonzerosum conflict between groups provides an opportunity for further cooperation — blessed are the peacemakers. (Zerosum competition is morally neutral — all’s fair in love and war.) Why is this is a problem for the theory?
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Oliver Scott Curry 18h
Replying to @Oliver_S_Curry
Turning to your examples... adopting local cooperative norms (norm-following) is moral. Using language to facilitate cooperation (eg promising, stirring oratory) is moral. (Uncooperative language, eg lying, is immoral.) Cooperation is always profitable.
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Oliver Scott Curry 18h
Thanks Bree. Well, the argument is that all morals are cooperative, not necessarily that all cooperation (or cooperation promoting things) are (recognised as) moral. (Pens are used to sign contracts – is it a problem that pens are not usually considered moral?)
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Oliver Scott Curry 18h
The New Note Orchestra were fantastic. Thoroughly enjoyed their totally original style of music. Definitely go to see them if you get a chance.
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Steve Stewart-Williams 21h
Kin selection theory is one of the great theories in the history of science, explaining a trend found right throughout the living world: the tendency to favor kin over non-kin. This is found not only in animals, but in plants, bacteria – and even viruses.
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Oliver Scott Curry 13 Mar 18
1/ Do you need God to be good? Some thoughts on morality and religion, prompted by debates like this:
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Voice of Islam Radio Nov 18
Where do morals and ethical codes stem from? Tune in tomorrow, 7-9 AM as we discuss some anthropological cross-cultural studies comparing moral values around the world and the Islamic teachings of tolerance and respect to attain peace.
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Oliver Scott Curry Nov 19
Replying to @VoiceOfIslamUK
Thanks for inviting me to contribute to this debate. For more information on the 60-society study I discussed, see here:
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乇乂ㄒ尺卂 ㄒ卄丨匚匚 Nov 18
Sup? If you're a moral psychologist (broadly construed) Geoff Goodwin and I would like to sponsor your postdoc fellowship at Penn. Deadline Jan 3. Email or DM me for details
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Oliver Scott Curry Nov 18
Replying to @Oliver_S_Curry
See also: Meta-analysis "found evidence for a small amplification effect of disgust (d = 0.11)…However, there is also some suggestion of publication bias in this literature, and when this is accounted for, the effect disappears entirely (d = -0.01)."
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Oliver Scott Curry Nov 18
Replying to @Oliver_S_Curry
Main point: Research on how to get people to care about the environment is almost entirely focussed on one type of cooperation (reciprocity) at the expense of all the others. Making use of all the types could lead to a broader range of more effective environmental interventions.
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Oliver Scott Curry Nov 18
Pleased to announce that our new paper on 'cooperative conservation' has finally been published
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Oliver Scott Curry Nov 18
Neanderthals Survived in Ice Age Europe Thanks to Effective Healthcare
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Oliver Scott Curry Nov 18
“The overall pattern provides little to no support for the theory that physical disgust via taste perception harshens judgments ofmoral wrongness.”
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Michael McCullough Nov 17
Greetings one & all. I need to find empirical papers & meta-analyses that evaluate mean differences in experimental-economic game behavior (e.g., cooperation, punishment, trust) across many countries at once (not simple 2-country comparisons). Can you help? Plz retweet & TIA.
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