How Humans Became Moral Animals, with Oliver Scott Curry

In Episode Five of the Parlia Podcast, Turi speaks to Dr Oliver Scott Curry, Research Director for Kindlab, to understand how humans have evolved into moral creatures.

S1 E4: How Humans Became Moral Animals

“Morality is a collection of cooperative rules… ways of promoting the common good… Those rules come in all shapes and sizes: some are instincts, some are intuitions, some are cultural inventions”

Turi talks with Research Director for Kindlab, at, Dr Oliver Scott Curry about morality, what it is, and how it impacts our choices.

Together, they discuss:

  • What is morality?

  • How does morality change when you move from a status society to a contract society?

  • What is the difference between Liberal and Conservative morality?

  • Why do some societies value impartiality, where others value loyalty?

  • How does evolutionary game theory create moral values?

  • Why are people unkind to each other?

  • What are the conditions for collective morality?

Dr Oliver Scott Curry

Dr Oliver Scott Curry is Research Director for Kindlab and a Research Affiliate at the University of Oxford. His work investigates human morality, asking what it is, how it has evolved, what psychological decisions underpin moral judgements, and how it varies across cultures.

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