A man adds his comments to a spontaneous memorial of flowers and sidewalk writing that has appeared a block from the Tree of Life Synagogue on Monday, Oct. 29. A gunman shot a killed 11 people while they worshipped at the synagogue the Saturday before.
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To grasp how extraordinary evils are often committed by ordinary people, we need to consider how we define evil, and most importantly, whom we consider to be the agents of evil.
‘I helped my neighbour move yesterday - you can’t rescue everyone.’
Think you are a moral person? Research shows that we are often prone to act immorally when we think we're moral.
Each year many people cheat on their taxes.
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While people often want to cheat in certain cases if it would benefit them, they also want to think of themselves as honest. Here are three steps to stay honest while filing taxes.
Pause and reflect on what really makes wilderness valuable.
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Imagine being one of the last few people alive. Would that make it ok to destroy the natural world? This thought experiment reveals the true value of nature, beyond the benefits to humans.
Schools have a duty to teach children morality, but which moral values should they teach?
One day we could have an intelligent robot cook up surprise meals at home.
Robots have already learned to cheat when playing games. How do we teach them morals if we want them more involved in our everyday lives?
Archbishop Desmond Tutu celebrated his 86th birthday and the unveiling of an arch in his honour outside St George’s Cathedral in Cape Town.
Emeritus Archbishop Desmond Tutu embraces everything noble in Aristotelian virtue ethics and African philosophical systems alike.
Some nurses report being reduced to tears on a daily basis.
Shortages negatively affecting ability to care for patients
Osama bin Laden and his advisor Ayman al Zawahiri.
A new study suggests that distorted moral cognition is what set terrorists apart from the rest of us.
Concerned South Africans disapprove of President Jacob Zuma.
South Africa celebrates Freedom Day this week amid growing discontent over misrule by President Zuma and the ANC. This has led to increased calls for ethical and caring leaders.
Some youths find in gangs the love and social standing that's missing in their home lives.
What did I do?
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Most of us keep tabs on other people's wrongdoings but suffer from 'ethical amnesia' when it comes to our own missteps.
A blueprint for ISIS – and for a video game? Camp Bucca, Iraq.
Does including torture or other human rights violations in video games trivialize the actions? Or might it force us to think more critically about them?
Parents are often concerned about the effects of social media on their children’s character.
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The majority of parents in the UK believe social media harms their children's moral development.
Does what’s most usual seem inherently good to you?
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It's a common quirk of human psychology to make the mental leap that the way things are is the way things ought to be. New research into how we explain the world around us sheds light on the phenomenon.
A makeshift shrine to Harambe, the zoo gorilla whose death has raised some uncomfortable moral questions.
We tend instinctively to value human lives over non-human ones. But is there a point where the scales might tip the other way?
A new study reveals that we are more likely to trust people who follow simple moral rules – or at least give moral problems some serious thought.
Standing up for what’s right can come with a cost to the individual – but also a benefit.
It helps society function when people punish selfish acts, even at a personal cost. A new theory suggests third-party punishment also confers some benefits on the punisher.
With moralistic gods watching, it’s easier to be fair and cooperative.
For human groups to grow from small, intimate communities to the huge interconnected societies we know now, people needed to be willing to cooperate with strangers. Religion might have played a big role.
Bringing coal-fired power to the poor also means bringing pollution.
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Considerations of the moral case for coal must do far more than consider whether cheap fossil energy will lift people out of poverty. It must consider the pollution and harm to nature that come with it.