I can imagine a similar study to determine the economic productivity gains of education. Can you guess how much more productive the uneducated 5-12 year olds in agrarian communities would be? 12 year olds are more concerned with obedience and fitting into their social structure than liberal altruism.anjali wrote:Just recently (Nov 5), there was a science news article with the title,Religious upbringing linked to less altruism, study of children suggests. Here is the conclusion:The negative relation between religiosity and altruism grew stronger with age; children with a longer experience of religion in the household were the least likely to share.
Children from religious households favored stronger punishments for anti-social behavior and judged such behavior more harshly than non-religious children. These results support previous studies of adults, which have found religiousness is linked with punitive attitudes toward interpersonal offenses.
"Together, these results reveal the similarity across countries in how religion negatively influences children's altruism. They challenge the view that religiosity facilitates prosocial behavior, and call into question whether religion is vital for moral development -- suggesting the secularization of moral discourse does not reduce human kindness. In fact, it does just the opposite," Decety said.
On the matter of punishments, its well known that people who advocate harsh punishments, once they step into the jury box, consider their rulings quite differently. And as far as I know 12 year olds are not considered morally mature enough for jury duty.
Another hyped up study with an agenda. :zzz: