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An Afghanistan national police officer helps a U.S. Army lieutenant, June 14, 2007. Can honour be restored in today’s international conflicts? Michael Bracken/US Army/Flickr

A question of honour: how the 19th century can teach us to civilise today’s international conflicts

Nothing displays the ethical superiority of one’s values better than to treat a foe with the respect due another human being.
Pause and reflect on what really makes wilderness valuable. John O'Neill/Wikimedia Commons

The moral value of wilderness

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.
From biotech to climate change, advances in technology raise significant moral questions. To engage responsibly, our next generation of scientists need training in the arts and ethics. (Shutterstock)

STEAM not STEM: Why scientists need arts training

Universities must train scientists to engage with the ethics of emerging technologies, rather than functioning as cogs in the engine of economic development. Integrating the arts into STEM can help.
Images are so useful in medical diagnosis - but there are legal and ethical concerns about how they’re used. from www.shutterstock.com

Doctors already use phones to share clinical images of patients – legislation needs to catch up

Has your doctor ever taken a photo of your medical condition? It's really useful to aid diagnosis, but we still don't have the right legislation to ensure legal and ethical protections.
The Luvabella robotic dolls are reportedly one of this season’s most wanted toys. It’s time to pause and ask about its impact on children. (Handout)

Should you get your child an AI doll this holiday?

The technological revolution has hit the doll aisle this holiday season in the form of artificial intelligence dolls. What does it mean for children's development, to confuse real bodies with machines?
Chancelor Bennett, better known as Chance The Rapper, is donating millions of dollars through his SocialWorks charity to shore up Chicago’s public schools. AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

An ethical guide to responsible giving

Before you reach for that checkbook or give to a charity online, pause to think about what makes a cause good in the first place.
A Reconciliation Pole is raised at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C., in April 2017. The 17-metre red cedar pole tells the story of the time before, during and after the Indian residential school system. Thousands of copper nails representing thousands of Indigenous children who died in Canada’s residential schools were hammered into the pole by survivors, affected families, school children and others. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

If ‘indigenizing’ education feels this good, we aren’t doing it right

Calls to "indigenize" universities must start with listening - to Indigenous scholars and nations. And real reparation will be painful for settlers, for it will be unsettling.
Chidi (William Jackson Harper) attempts to teach ethics to Eleanor (Kristen Bell) in comedy series The Good Place. NBC/Ron Batzdorff/IMDB

Kantian comedy: the philosophy of The Good Place

The Good Place is a high concept comedy about what it takes to be a good person. One of the show's charms is the way it draws on real philosophers and philosophical dilemmas.

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