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  • Humans are good

    Fundamentally speaking, are humans good or bad? It's a question that has repeatedly been asked throughout humanity. For thousands of years, philosophers have debated whether we have a basically good nature that is corrupted by society, or a basically bad nature that is kept in check by society. Psychology has uncovered some evidence which might give the old debate a twist.
    One way of asking about our most fundamental characteristics is to look at babies. Babies' minds are a wonderful showcase for human nature. Babies are humans with the absolute minimum of cultural influence – they don't have many friends, have never been to school and haven't read any books. They can't even control their own bowels, let alone speak the language, so their minds are as close to innocent as a human mind can get.
    The only problem is that the lack of language makes it tricky to gauge their opinions. Normally we ask people to take part in experiments, giving them instructions or asking them to answer questions, both of which require language. Babies may be cuter to work with, but they are not known for their obedience. What's a curious psychologist to do?
    Fortunately, you don't necessarily have to speak to reveal your opinions. Babies will reach for things they want or like, and they will tend to look longer at things that surprise them. Ingenious experiments carried out at Yale University in the US used these measures to look at babies' minds. Their results suggest that even the youngest humans have a sense of right and wrong, and, furthermore, an instinct to prefer good over evil.
    How could the experiments tell this? Imagine you are a baby. Since you have a short attention span, the experiment will be shorter and loads more fun than most psychology experiments. It was basically a kind of puppet show; the stage a scene featuring a bright green hill, and the puppets were cut-out shapes with stick on wobbly eyes; a triangle, a square and a circle, each in their own bright colours. What happened next was a short play, as one of the shapes tried to climb the hill, struggling up and falling back down again. Next, the other two shapes got involved, with either one helping the climber up the hill, by pushing up from behind, or the other hindering the climber, by pushing back from above.
    Already something amazing, psychologically, is going on here. All humans are able to interpret the events in the play in terms of the story I’ve described. The puppets are just shapes. They don't make human sounds or display human emotions. They just move about, and yet everyone reads these movements as purposeful, and revealing of their characters. You can argue that this “mind reading”, even in infants, shows that it is part of our human nature to believe in other minds.

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  • Some people may think people are evil but they lieeeeeeeee

    People are good. Get it through your thick heads. So just because we have made mistakes we categorize that as evil? No! We learned from our mistakes though, that's the key thing! If we didn't then we would be evil. Not just because we made mistakes. So kids that accidentally mess something up are evil, bad?! No. Not everyone is evil

  • Some people may think people are evil but they lieeeeeeeee

    People are good. Get it through your thick heads. So just because we have made mistakes we categorize that as evil? No! We learned from our mistakes though, that's the key thing! If we didn't then we would be evil. Not just because we made mistakes. So kids that accidentally mess something up are evil, bad?! No. Not everyone is evil

  • I believe that people are basically good.

    I think people are basically good because even if they are a serial killer, arsonist, burglar, whatever. They will watch over their family. Most of the time they will take care of them. If you say, well if they are good they shouldn't even be doing that, then I agree. But the thing is, people will learn from their mistakes. Or if they have a mental disease then they cannot see the world like we do. PTSD. ADHD. ADD. Any mental, disorder

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  • Some people may think people are evil but they lieeeeeeeee

    People are good. Get it through your thick heads. So just because we have made mistakes we categorize that as evil? No! We learned from our mistakes though, that's the key thing! If we didn't then we would be evil. Not just because we made mistakes. So kids that accidentally mess something up are evil, bad?! No. Not everyone is evil

  • There are bad people out there

    I believe there are good people in the world, but there are many more bad or evil people. Most think of themselves first. Look at history; slavery, the holocaust, mass murders. Look at how we treat each other when doing simple every day things, like driving. Look at how people treat their children, or animals. It's a crazy and sad world!!

  • I think that human nature is basically bad.



    I think that human nature is basically bad. Think about it. If we could trust people to do the right
    thing, why would we need so many laws and police officers? There is something innate in human beings
    that make us commit evil acts against one another. It has always been this way.


  • Human nature is neutra.

    I believe human nature is neither good nor evil. Humans tend to learn or develop a taste for things over time. If a child witness's their parents become violent toward on another. A good hypothesis to say is that child will more than like grow to be just as abusive as their parents.


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