Does thinking about science make us more moral?
A new study from researchers at the University of California Santa Barbara (available here) has found that if you are in a scientific frame of mind, your behaviour is more likely to be morally sound. The experiments used priming techniques to study responses of subjects to moral issues. In the words of the scientists:
Taken together, the present results provide support for the idea that the study of science itself–independent of the specific conclusions reached by scientific inquiries–holds normative implications and leads to moral outcomes.
The paper itself is concise and not difficult to understand, but if you’d like a more digestible summary, there’s an article at Scientific American.