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One new study published in Psychological Sciences says even babies recognize a display of injustice, even in circumstances that do not directly affect them. The research involved children aged 19 to 21 months of age, and found even from a very young age the children have a general expectation of what is fair and what is not. The children were shown a puppets show featuring two identical giraffes. The animals were offered either a toy or a cookie. In some cases, the experimenter gave both puppets something, and in others gave both items to one puppet. By timing how long the toddlers gazed at the scene before turning away, researchers could tell when the children were surprised or had their expectations dashed.

In the experiment, the toddlers stared at the scene longer when the second puppet did not get either a toy or cookie. Co-author of the study, Graduate student Stephanie Sloane, said they found that even young children have a general expectation of what is fair, and have the ability to apply it in various circumstances. Other researchers have supposed that an ability to perceive what is fair is common to humans and other animals that live in very social settings. Sloane said, “We think children are born with a skeleton of general expectations about fairness and these principles and concepts get shaped in different ways depending on the culture and the environment they’re brought up in.”

--Even Babies Can Recognize What’s Fair, ; February 20, 2012, Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell.

Romans 1:20-21 (HCSB) For His invisible attributes, that is, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen since the creation of the world, being understood through what He has made. As a result, people are without excuse. (21) For though they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God or show gratitude. Instead, their thinking became nonsense, and their senseless minds were darkened.

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