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    Morality Test

    I recently listened to a podcast about moral foundations theory, which breaks morality down into the areas posted in the list below. How much value you place on each foundation and how many foundations you value predicts things about your personality and political leanings.

    I found this quiz to test my moral foundations, and thought the questions and results were really thought provoking:

    https://www.idrlabs.com/morality/6/test.php


    Feel free to take and discuss your results - I'll post more thoughts about the questions/results later on, but I don't want to spoil them.


    Explanation of Moral Foundations:


    Care: This foundation pertains to our mammalian need to care for our young and to form bonds of attachment to others. It underlies the virtues of kindness and nurturance and is tied to emotions such as protectiveness and compassion.


    Fairness: This foundation pertains to our ability to maintain cooperative and mutually beneficial relationships. It underlies the virtues of honesty, justice, and dependability. It is tied to emotions such as gratitude, anger, and guilt.

    Loyalty: This foundation is derived from our species' long history of living as tribes and clans, enabling us to form cohesive communities. It underlies the virtues of patriotism, bravery, and self-sacrifice on behalf of the group.


    Authority: This foundation was shaped by humanity's long history of bonding together in hierarchical social interactions. It underlies the virtues of respect for tradition and deference to legitimate authority.


    Purity: This foundation pertains to our species' need to avoid disease and parasites. It underlies the phenomenon of cultural taboos and fuels the commitment to live in a manner that abstains from indulgence in sensory desires.


    Liberty: This foundation is related to the individual's need to be his own master and to avoid the dominant social mores imposed by the group. It underlies the virtues of independence and autonomy. It is tied to emotions such as self-sufficiency and defiance.
    Last edited by Youfreeme; 09-02-2021, 04:09 AM.

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    test results

    i'm pretty surprised actually. i've always considered myself borderline libertarian, but apparently i don't give a fuck about liberty.

    i don't fully trust these results though, it's been a weird couple of days and i'm probably not answering like i normally would anyway.

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        Took the test but i failed. Guess i didn't study. Next time i'll just copy off neon's screen.
        Last edited by Tropical Breeze; 09-02-2021, 07:31 AM.

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        • Meliai
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          Aw come on, play along ; ) we wanna see your results!

        • Tropical Breeze
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          Meliai I'll see if i can take the test when i can. Lately, I've been so busy doing absolutely nothing with my life. It ain't easy being me.

        • Jessica
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          lol

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        • Vanilla Gorilla
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          Spaceman Cares more than you, by what looks like about 10%

        • SpaceMan
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          ha

        • Jessica
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          Vanilla Gorilla I think SpaceMan is a truly caring guy, who probably goes out of his way for people who need his help all the time. No sarcasm.

        #7
        Originally posted by Undies View Post
        test results

        i'm pretty surprised actually. i've always considered myself borderline libertarian, but apparently i don't give a fuck about liberty.

        i don't fully trust these results though, it's been a weird couple of days and i'm probably not answering like i normally would anyway.
        I had trouble answering a couple of them because what I believe is morally right isn't the same as what I believe someone should be allowed to do in a free and fair society

        The gay wedding cake question, for example. I don't think it's moral to hide behind one's religion to disguise blatant homophobia. But I also think a cake baker falls into the same category as a commissioned artist and has every right to refuse to bake a cake for a wedding they don't agree with.

        I went with my own personal moral compass there versus what I feel the legally correct solution is. So things like that probably affected my score on Liberty

        Same with purity really, i'm kind of scratching my head reading over the description for how purity is measured because I'm not sure why I scored so high in that metric. I generally am a relativist in terms of cultural taboos, etc. But I guess I answered those questions with my own moral compass in mind versus what I believe other people should be free to do
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          • Meliai
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            Still scratching my head over the purity thing lol, I align with conservatives on that aspect! Maybe telling of a socially conservative upbringing

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          Youfreeme what was the podcast?

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            • Youfreeme
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              Even if you think it's pointless, some of the questions are still interesting and fun to think about.

            • Vanilla Gorilla
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              Well, you all seemed to come up with similar graphs, even though some have very different personalities. That's why I didn't bother

            • Youfreeme
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              Similar-ish, but I think the small differences are important. Or maybe there is some thread that ties us all together.

            #11
            These questions are difficult to answer! I feel like there's a lot of nuance that's being ignored for the sake of simplicity and morality isn't simplistic like that... I'll have to come back to it

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              Meliai

              I think the purity thing has to do with disgust sensitivity and how much you attribute morality to acts that are disgusting-spiritually or physically. Conservatives are more likely to have a higher sensitivity to "disgusting" things (having gay sex, kissing 10 people in 1 night, making a sex doll of your niece). I can see where a conservative upbringing would affect your sensitivity to disgust.

              http://rationallyspeakingpodcast.org...onathan-haidt/

              That was the podcast--I love this podcast, called "rationally speaking". It's a podcast for rationalist discussion.

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              • Meliai
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                Thanks! I'll check out the podcast today. I gave the sex doll thing a big thumbs down ?

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              Originally posted by Verbe View Post
              These questions are difficult to answer! I feel like there's a lot of nuance that's being ignored for the sake of simplicity and morality isn't simplistic like that... I'll have to come back to it
              The question that went sort of like: "A man orders a sex doll that looks exactly like his niece" was the hardest question for me to answer, if I recall. Like--that has an immediate shudder factor. BUT, rationally, it isn't necessarily harming the niece, or anyone at all. It's just creepy--and creepy that doesn't harm anyone isn't technically immoral right?

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              • neonspectraltoast
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                It's still immoral. Morality doesn't go away behind closed doors; it's about a person's character. That sonofabitch got three thumbs down from me.

              • Youfreeme
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                @Riddler is the act of having a sex doll immoral? In what way is it immoral? It's icky, yes, but what about it is immoral?

              #14
              In that podcast, they talk about consensual cannibalism. So--if two consenting adults agree that one will eat the other when the other dies, is immoral? It definitely violates the purity foundation, because it's gross. But is it immoral? I say no. Many classical conservatives, according to the theory, would say yes. The argument is--things that make your skin crawl must have some inherent immorality. Liberals are more likely to say that things that are consensual and don't harm anyone are morally ok, even if they're gross.

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              • Vanilla Gorilla
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                Depends if either have Covid

              #15
              I don't even know what this was all supposed to prove, but I answered to the best of my ability. I expected to be "surprisingly conservative" cause I don't approve of sex. It makes me mad.

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