According to the conclusions of a new study, it would appear that, more often than not, people make moral decisions based not on logic, but on intuition. The discovery was made by experts at Stanford University, led by Matthew Feinberg, PhD.
Details of the new investigation are published in the latest issue of the journal Psychological Science.
Basically, the research demonstrates that our decisions are not always as well thought-out as we might like to think.
In other words, each individual's moral compass (the feelings of right or wrong we have in relation to a certain subject) is an emotional, not logical, response, PsychCentral
“In this way, we are both slave and master, with the capacity to be controlled by, but also shape, our emotion-laden judgmental processes,” the team says, explaining that logical arguments oftentimes vie for supremacy in informing moral decision, going up against emotions. Not really a fair battle, is it?