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Excerpt from The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values by Harris, Sam (Book – 2010) p.9
The relevant neuroscience is in its infancy, but we know that our emotions, social interactions, and moral institutions mutually influence one another. We grow attuned to our fellow human beings through these systems, creating culture in the process. Culture becomes a mechanism for the social, emotional, and moral development. There is simply no doubt that the human brain is the nexus of these influences. Cultural norms influence our thinking and behavior by altering the structure and function of our brains.