Charles Clanton Rogers

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6 thoughts on “The Playground Theory of Morality

  1. bbnewsab says:

    Speaking of the Day of Atonement, I just found that the word scapegoat, mentioned by you; KK, the other day in another blogpost, is deeply linked to Yom Kippur.

    The high priest was to deal with the two goats. One would represent the Lord and the other, often called the “scapegoat,” would represent something else. He cast lots to determine which each would represent (Leviticus 16:8).

    More details about the scapegoat are revealed in the following verses. In Leviticus 16:10 we can read: “But the goat on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat shall be presented alive before the Lord, to make atonement upon it, and to let it go as the scapegoat into the wilderness.”

    In other words, the so-called scapegoat was not to be killed as the goat for the Lord was. Instead the high priest, the leader of the sacrifice ritual, was to “lay both hands on the head of the live goat and confess over it all the wickedness and rebellion of the Israelites – that is, all their sins – and put them on the goat’s head.

    After having done that the priest sent the goat away into the wilderness. And since the goat now carried all the sins of the Jewish people, an atonement had occurred.

    Yeah! It should always be that simple to get rid of one’s sins. Just give them to a scapegoat. Just wondering how the poor scapegoat felt (yes, animals, too, have emotions and feelings!). And just pondering the question how many human scapegoats there are around the world, feeling bad and unhappy for being just everyone’s cuspidor.

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    1. bbnewsab says:

      Here is KK’s blog post, inwhich he mentions the word “scapegoat”: .

      A quote from that post:

      We use Tyndale’s words today: “scapegoat,”“let there be light,” “the powers that be,” “my brother’s keeper,” “filthy lucre,” “fight the good fight,” “sick unto death,” “flowing with milk and honey,” “the apple of his eye,” “a man after his own heart,” “the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak,” “signs of the times,” “ye of little faith,” “eat, drink and be merry,” “broken-hearted,”“clear-eyed.” And hundreds more: “fisherman,”“landlady,”“sea-shore,”“stumbling-block,”“taskmaster,”“two-edged,”“viper,”“zealous” and even “Jehovah” and “Passover” come into English through Tyndale.

      That blog post can be used as an introduction to how the Bible has influenced the English language throughout the centuries.

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  2. bbnewsab says:

    How does the neural correlate to human morality look like? Here’s a very interesting article focusing that topic: .

    In the prefrontal cortex (PFC) of the human brain there are some areas that other mammals seem to lack.

    Just an example: If X beats up Y, both humans and (most) mammals would react strongly.

    But if X is watching Y beating up Z, then most mammals seem to think “That’s none of my businesses, I have nothing to do with it, so don’t interact with the fighters, just go away”.

    Not so among humans. The dorsolateral PFC of the human brain contains neurons and neural circuits that cause us to consider punishing the (bullying) aggressor.

    I find such articles fascinating to read and ponder. How about you, dear KK?

    And how about you, dear readers of this blog?

    (The comment fields below the blog posts are free to use. So why not write down a comment – or two?)


    1. clanton1934 says:

      I’m reading “A primates Memoirs” by Robert Sapolsky. He lived with baboons & primitive humans – these things ar displayed “unvarnished”

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  3. bbnewsab says:

    KK, you must write a blog post about this book as soon as you have finished it. I want to know more about this topic. Both of us seem to be admirers of professor Robert Sapolsky.

    BTW, have you listened to this TED lecture/talk: ?

    About a somewhat “bizarre” animal a.k.a. Homo sapiens. 😀

    BTW, I just realized I forgot to welcome you to yet another day to be filled with knowledge and insight of humankind’s past, present and future life.

    So I say it now: Have a very nice, and hopefully sunny, day, my bridge building friend in the US.

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    1. clanton1934 says:

      To paraphrase Robert Frost’s mending walls” Bridges, not fences, make good neighbors!, PV

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