Athletes, Musicians, Morality

June 16, 2010

Does society have greater moral expectations for athletes than for musicians? Even a flawed, evolution-based presentation of such a question can be thought-provoking. And, in the nature of blogs, the readers’ comments are often more enlightening than the original post. For example, one “D. Bachmann” writes:

To assume that “musicians” were less powerful in paleolithic society than “athletes” to my mind also reflects a very simplistic image of such a society. Indeed the development of music (and language) was what shifted us apart from the animal kingdom and gave us almost godlike powers compared to other primates.

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