New Study Shows Morality is a Brain Function – Time to Start Sinning ;)

  • December 24, 2013

We humans generally believe that there is a higher moral order of truth that exists in “the unseen world.” This is codified in our cultural ideas about invisible-moral-police represented by karma, the devil, god, sin, and The Pope. We humans generally believe that there is a higher moral order of truth that exists in “the unseen

world.” This is codified in our cultural ideas about invisible-moral-police represented by karma, the devil, god, sin, and The Pope.

All of these archaic notions orbit around the underlying principal that there are immutable truths that exist in absolute forms, monitored by an ill tempered invisible man – demanding of punishment and retribution for simply living life.

A new study is turning the tables on our notion of absolute morality. Researchers discovered that, by applying a magnetic field to the area of a persons brain that is responsible for making moral judgements, they can alter a person’s moral compass.

In other words, researchers have found that our brain is directly involved in our perceptions of right and wrong. As difficult a pill as it may be to swallow, moral perception is a brain function.

In our culture, sex is a heavily moralized topic. However, what we have yet to fully grasp is that our feelings about sex are determined by our cultural inheritance, and our ancient, superstitious, religious beliefs. What this study hints at is that our morality about sex is also part of our brain function.

Our sex beliefs, and how we actually feel about our beautiful bodies, are held not in the hands of god, but in the synapses of our brain. What this means is that no matter what your sexual desires are – to have them and to feel them – is normal.

This study is reassuring to me because I believe in human potential. I trust that knowledge is power, and someday our arcane ideas of the body will be transformed into an up-to-date understanding that sex is not a moral issue – sex is a fact, that goes hand in hand with living life.

Sexual desire is normal. Sex is normal.

To have or not to have sex is not the relevant question. The question is how do we expand our ideas of pleasure, and set sex free from the ancient weeds of morality.