Thesis and Outline: How Free-Will and Inborn Neurological Hardwiring Influence Morality

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Thesis: I believe that individual free-will and the neurological hardwiring in which we are born with both significantly influence the development of our mature human morality due to a variety of factors including: the sequence of brain development in the human species particularly concerning emotion, the difference of how each person is raised and educated, which leads to disparities in our interpretations of right and wrong, our ability to evaluate or make complex decisions, and our conscious choice of behavior to ultimately determine consequences, and lastly, because morality cannot exist if based solely on human nature, but must also involve our own self-determination. Although some may contend, the integration of both components …show more content…
Compassion & Empathy
1. Compassion = emotion we feel when others are in need
a. Motivates our response to help
2. Empathy = ability to feel the emotions of others
III. Brain development
A. Humans develop in the same order of events (from fertilization to birth throughout development)
1. Emotions are an innate part of human nature
2. Empathy emerges before age 2
a. Too young to understand right vs. wrong, no true “free will” yet
b. Can still feel desire to help another in need
c. Proves a biological factor drives this feeling
IV. Upbringing/Education—views on right vs. wrong
A. “The Golden Rule”
1. Treat others how you want to be treated
B. Myriad of interpretations
C. Punishment—parents play pivotal role
1. Actions that cause it
2. Types of retribution
3. Severity
V. Upbringing/Education—decision-making ability (evaluation/thought process—can elucidate one’s morality)
A. Ability to recognize concerning situations
B. Develop strategy to overcome issue
1. Fully recognize implications
a. Who/what is responsible for actions involved
2. Weigh consequences—use alternatives to predict outcomes
a. Alternatives based on morals (combo of instinct, ethics, feasible courses of action, logical outcomes, and personal values)
b. Creates disparities in individual morals
3. Decide best course of action
a. Produce efficacious solution
C. Learning from experiences
1. Prevention of similar

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