Originally Posted by NoahJ
Well, I did not say it came prepopulated with default values. It definitely takes cues from those that raise you as to what is right or wrong. However there is an innate desire to do right versus wrong and as such, you are created with a conscience.
I wonder if this is true though? The conditioning can be contextual and inherited from millennia of religious teaching.
Many 'primitive' tribes such as the IK for example seem to not only have no conscience as we would describe it but actually follow social codes we would find bordering on immoral.
Children by age three are at least sometimes permanently expelled from the household and form groups called age-bands consisting of those within the same age group.
The 'Junior Group' consists of children from the ages of three to eight and the 'Senior Group' consists of those between eight and thirteen. No adults look after the children, who teach each other the basics of survival.
In any case, that is not what I was referring to though....I mean that 'right' and 'wrong' are culturally defined and so conscience, where it exists, MUST be a product of this and neither moral concepts nor any conscience can be related to any absolute.