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Just as we may have a language gene, we seem to also have a gene responsible for our morality. However, this does not mean that a given moral code is objective or universal. Just as some people learn English and others Chinese at their mothers’ knees by the faculty of their nature, so do some people through their cultural indoctrination pick up the mores of the paramount religion, or group identity, or individual responsibility. Analogously, just as some people are born with a defective ability to speak so are others with a defective ability to conform to the mores. Morality as a human trait may be — nearly — universal, but the shape it assumes can be nothing except entirely cultural.

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