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"Everything has a moral, if only you can find it" - L.C.
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Research » Reciprocity an important component of prosocial behavior

Research » Reciprocity an important component of prosocial behavior | Moral Development | Scoop.it

"While exchanging favors with others, humans tend to think in terms of tit-for-tat, an assumption easily extended to other animals. As a result, reciprocity is often viewed as a cognitive feat requiring memory, perhaps even calculation."

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Research » Frans de Waal: Moral Behavior in Animals

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"TED Talks Empathy, cooperation, fairness and reciprocity -- caring about the well-being of others seems like a very human trait."

 

In animals we have the opportunity to analyze a system of morality free from doctrine.  Observation and research seem to be demonstrating that qualities such as empathy and fairness are not uniquely human.  While humans and other species do have their distinct differences, how can we honor the dignity of species besides our own?

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Mariana Soffer's comment, June 16, 2012 10:46 AM
cool, love this