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The Science Behind Making Moral Decisions

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The Science Behind Making Moral Decisions

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The Science Behind Making Moral Decisions

The Science Behind Making Moral Decisions

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Morality Check

Questions of morality once belonged to religious leaders, philosophers and ethicists. Now scientists are getting in on the act. As Allan Coukell of member station WBUR explains, they're trying to figure out how we make moral decisions. They use tests such as "the trolley problem," which asks if you would hit a switch to save five lives at the certain cost of one?