Can One Chemical Be the Basis of All Morality? it’s hard to hurt people you feel empathy for

A Techwise Conversation with Paul Zak, author of The Moral Molecule…


The substance is oxytocin, and my guest is Paul Zak. He’s a professor of economics, management, and psychology—a combination we’ll be asking him about in a bit—at Claremont Graduate University, and he’s the author of a book being published this month by Penguin, entitled The Moral Molecule: The Source of Love and Prosperity….


So we have this sort of yin and yang of morality right inside our own beings. We have oxytocin that makes us care about other people, makes us feel empathy—it’s hard to hurt people you feel empathy for—and then we have testosterone, which lets us enforce the rules.


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