. . . They are rapid intuitive decisions and involve the emotion-processing parts of the brain. Most of us make snap moral judgments about what feels fair or not, or what feels good or not. We start doing this when we are babies, before we have language. And even as adults, we often can’t explain to ourselves why something feels wrong.I now know why being logical rarely gets through to people.
In other words, reasoning comes later and is often guided by the emotions that preceded it.
For the full column, visit http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/07/opinion/07Brooks.html.