Disgust Has Helped Formed Our Morality

Pig-PenIt’s a controversial opinion but sure is interesting. Keep this in mind next time you encounter someone “hygienically challenged” … Jessica Marshall writes in Discovery News:

More controversially, some argue that effects of disgust are even more far-reaching, influencing how societies operate and possibly forming the evolutionary foundations of morality.

“If I go around leaving poo in your front lawn or spitting in your cups or making nasty smells in public transport or if I go to church in my pajamas, I’m threatening you with my bodily fluids,” Curtis said. “These are manners, but they’re also the precursor of moral behavior. That’s at least one of the ways that morality could have evolved in society: simple rules about not getting other people sick with your emanations.”

Studies have even shown a connection between physical disgust and moral disgust, Curtis said. “If you sit people in a room with bad smells, they punish more severely,” she said. “Your sense of disgust for people’s bad behavior is tied together with your organic system.”

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  • NaturalSelection

    “More controversially, some argue that effects of disgust are even more far-reaching, influencing how societies operate and possibly forming the evolutionary foundations of morality.” This definitely makes me think of that brutally homophobic “eat the poo-poo” pastor from Uganda. I wonder what the actual statistics are for heterosexuals who engage in anal-related sex (intercourse, rimming, fingering, toys, etc) versus homosexual? (I am at work right now and that is one Google search I will NOT be running until I get home, LOL :) I would imagine the numbers must be significantly higher amongst heterosexuals, though, if only because there are significantly more of them. Regardless of which hole you prefer…in the end, it is just another pink, stinky hole to be taken advantage of. They both need to be properly cleaned and maintained, so what’s the big deal? Douche regularly and enjoy responsibly :)

  • NaturalSelection

    “More controversially, some argue that effects of disgust are even more far-reaching, influencing how societies operate and possibly forming the evolutionary foundations of morality.” This definitely makes me think of that brutally homophobic “eat the poo-poo” pastor from Uganda. I wonder what the actual statistics are for heterosexuals who engage in anal-related sex (intercourse, rimming, fingering, toys, etc) versus homosexual? (I am at work right now and that is one Google search I will NOT be running until I get home, LOL :) I would imagine the numbers must be significantly higher amongst heterosexuals, though, if only because there are significantly more of them. Regardless of which hole you prefer…in the end, it is just another pink, stinky hole to be taken advantage of. They both need to be properly cleaned and maintained, so what’s the big deal? Douche regularly and enjoy responsibly :)

  • Nyxynox

    To go along with the above notion… the actual meaning of the word “slut” is an unkempt woman not someone who sleeps around.

  • Nyxynox

    To go along with the above notion… the actual meaning of the word “slut” is an unkempt woman not someone who sleeps around.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/JohnMeetsFKennedy JMFK

    Same thing with noise. Noise is aggression, it is violence against others.
    Noisy people, loud people, don’t care about others, they’re selfish, they put their interests first.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/JohnMeetsFKennedy JMFK

    Same thing with noise. Noise is aggression, it is violence against others.
    Noisy people, loud people, don’t care about others, they’re selfish, they put their interests first.

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