2 thoughts on “the taboo game”

  1. Inter­est­ing test. I should men­tion I’m slight­ly tip­sy atm, but I’d like to think my respons­es would­n’t be *too* dif­fer­ent were I stone-cold sober …

    Your Moral­is­ing Quo­tient is: 0.10.

    Your Inter­fer­ence Fac­tor is: 0.00.

    Your Uni­ver­sal­is­ing Fac­tor is: 0.00.

    Are you think­ing straight about morality?

    There was no incon­sis­ten­cy in the way that you respond­ed to the ques­tions in this activ­i­ty. You see very lit­tle wrong in the actions depict­ed in these sce­nar­ios. And any­way you indi­cat­ed that an act can be wrong even if it is entire­ly pri­vate and no one, not even the per­son doing the act, is harmed by it. So, in fact, had you thought that the acts described here were entire­ly wrong there would still be no incon­sis­ten­cy in your moral out­look. How­ev­er, there is a ten­sion in your respons­es in that you indi­cat­ed that you do see at least min­i­mal harm in some of the activ­i­ties depict­ed here. Giv­en that the actions described in these sce­nar­ios are pri­vate and it was spec­i­fied as clear­ly as pos­si­ble that they did­n’t involve harm, it isn’t clear where you think the harm might lie.

    Basi­cal­ly, it seems like I believe every­one should be respon­si­ble for them­selves, and that while some things do ick me, that does­n’t mean I should have say in oth­er peo­ple enjoy­ing them or not.

  2. Interesting…I don’t remem­ber the details of my results, but I remem­ber that I was “less per­mis­sive than most” (even though did­n’t think the chick­en-boink­ing guy was immoral) and that my uni­ver­al­iz­ing fac­tor was 1.00. Looks like we have dif­fer­ing moral intuitions!

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