Science + Tech
Born to Sin
What can science teach us about bad behavior?
In 1984, Van Halen released their sixth
album with eye-catching cover art featuring
an angelic baby . . . casually smoking a cigarette. It raised a profound, theological question about the nature of human
beings: Does even a seemingly innocent child possess an innate
predisposition for bad behavior (aka "sin”)?
It's a question that theologians and anthropologists struggled with long
before the 1980's, and one that was recently revisited in the June 2010
issue of BBC Knowledge.
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