One can find further support of moral diversity by conductingpsychological experiments on members of different cultures andsubcultures. Nisbett and Cohen (1996) compared Americans from SouthernStates with Americans from the North, and found that Southerners weremuch more likely to endorse violence of various forms in response tomoral transgression (killing to defend property, corporal punishment,gun possession, and so on). They explain this by noticing thatmany Southerners are descendents of Scots-Irish immigrants who had todevelop a “culture of honor” to survive under harsh,comparatively lawless conditions in Northern Ireland before coming tothe United States.


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