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    Violations of Community ethics elicits--behavior which violates the commmunity hierarchy or one's social role--elicit moral Contempt.   And violations of Divinity ethics--behavior which physically or morally pollutes the body or soul--elicit moral Disgust.

    "Divinity"? They had to use that word? The appropriate word there is "piety." "Divinity" is god-centric or supernatural-centric, and ""piety" is human-centric. Moreover, "piety" encompasses not just one's attitudes about one's own behavior, but also the expectations of behaviors from other according to one's belief system, be it a theist or atheist belief system.

    The alliteration is cute, but cuteness should take a backseat to intellectual honesty and rigor. Since the word choice appears to refer only one kind of person who can be biased by piety in this manner--the theist kind--and excludes the other--the atheist kind--by implying this is rooted in "the divine" (theism) instead of human-centric cognitive biases that transcend specific belief systems, it shows a bias by the researchers themselves. There is no reason to presume atheists--either religious or non-religious--are immune to such cognitive biases, unless you have a cognitive bias that would incline you to presume that.

    If this is your goal--

    Specifically, I study (a) the moral emotions of sexual prejudice and (b) the social construction of manhood and the physiological, psychological, and behavioral effects of masculinity threats.

    Then I encourage you to would be very aware and wary of such cognitive biases in the research you reference. There's nothing in your objective that would confine you to examining only the attitudes of people who think sexuality morality stems from the presence of a god or transcendent supernatural power. People who do think sexual morality stems from the "divine" often are more articulate in expressing their homophobia--should they be homophobic--simply because they have a belief system that they can (ab)use to rationalize their homophobia and they often have a like-minded community they can turn to for reinforcement of that homophobia. But that doesn't mean an atheist, either religious or non-religious, couldn't be every bit as homophobic as they are.  

    -8.50, -7.64 Autism Speaks does not speak for me. I can speak for myself. I am a person, not a disease. I want to be respected, not "cured."

    by croyal on Mon Jun 14, 2010 at 09:27:57 AM PDT

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      I see your point, but I don't think that the term "divinity" constrains the function of disgust.  There are those who believe that sexual morality stems from some religious power.  

      But moral emotion researchers look at core emotions and study how moral emotions evolved.  This basic assumption is that these moral emotions evolved from core emotions because they served some adaptive purpose (and/or social function).  I really think that in this case, it is just a word intended to capture both physical and spiritual purity.

      The few, the proud, the Pro-Israel Kossaks.

      by psychodrew on Mon Jun 14, 2010 at 03:37:18 PM PDT

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