Will Wilkinson has had a few posts worth reading about the human moral sense and “the evolution of ethics.” He’s right that acculturation, not our hard-wired responses, sustains good social order. Little-l liberals like Will and religious conservatives like myself can agree on this, if nothing else:
The norms that undergird the peaceful liberal order of impersonal, extended, massively positive-sum exchange are the result of generations of often self-conscious resistance to the “factory defaults.”
One might say the same about the norms that undergird the peaceful Christian order, if one were feeling generous, no? I’m surprised that this is controversial enough to attract hostile blog comments. Has evo psych scientism really colonized our thought so thoroughly that Will needs to marshal arguments against it? Does Huxley’s Titan really have so many fans among us Dwarves?