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Why monkeys and humans are wired for fairness

Moral and ethical decision making (PI Practice M2) is rooted in a fundamental understanding of fairness. In this video (13 minutes), primatologist Sarah Brosnan finds that human beings’ notion of fairness is “wired in” biologically. As she explains toward the end of this video, what she observed in microcosm in her work with Capuchin monkeys she sees at work in society at large and as essential to the success of our species.


   13 minutes

   By: Sarah Brosnan, TEDx

   Educator-prep | Lifelong learners

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