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Animal Morality Research Suggests We All Have Complex Emotions

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As young children, most of us are taught right from wrong. Growing up, we were encouraged to say "please" and "thank you," and to play fairly. As we age and mature, we develop our own intrinsic moral codes. But are humans the only species to know right from wrong? Do other animals have a personal sense of morality?

To get a better understanding of animal morality, I spoke with author, evolutionary biologist, ethologist, and occasional HuffPost blogger Dr. Marc Bekoff. He explained that we have all developed certain moral systems, but understanding how they manifest behaviorally is tricky.

Watch the video above and click the link below to learn more--and don't forget to leave your thoughts in the comments at the bottom of the page. Come on, talk nerdy to me!


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