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?
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.
Lost in the fog? How the fraudsters got their morals.
Corporate wrongdoing is underpinned by a morality that many of us have voted for.
It’s out of control and heading for five unsuspecting bystanders!
The trolley dilemma is a staple of philosophy because it probes our intuitions about whether it's permissible to kill one person to save many more.
We talk about food with moralising – and judgemental – language.
Locavore, freegan, kangatarian, flexitarian ... what we eat has become a moral minefield. Religions have long enforced food-related prohibitions, but in a secular context we could do with a little less moralising at the kitchen table.
Should people with brain disorders receive different punishment for crimes?
Some believe neuroscience should change the way we punish criminals, but courts have been slow to embrace new approaches.
Greece needs genuine European support.
Economic sense has been largely irrelevant in the unfolding Greek drama. Instead, morality has been at its heart.
Too often, the moral character of women who commit neonaticide plays a part in their trial.
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.
All people have duties to their sexual partners regardless of their HIV status.
Just how much disclosure is it reasonable to expect from a sex partner, particularly if that relationship isn't a serious and committed one?
Sorry for being so naughty.
While children from religious households may seem less generous according to one piece of research, seen in another light these traits may be a good thing.
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.
Some argue that morality is everywhere, or maybe nowhere, in our brain.
There's no single region in the brain responsible for all moral decision making. But neuroscience research has shown specific brain regions are involved when we're faced with moral dilemmas.
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Hackers calling themselves “The Impact Team” recently stole the customer data of Ashley Madison, an online dating service for people who are married or in committed relationships. Ashley Madison employs…
Nobody’s perfect – not you, and not your kids. And that’s OK.
Feeling guilty and out of your depth as a parent? You're not alone – and there are ways to turn the guilt you're feeling into positive changes for your family.
Moral judgment should not be based on knowledge that comes only from hindsight.
The film 13 Minutes dramatises an attempt by Georg Elser to assassinate Hitler in 1939, to prevent the war the Führer was preparing for. How clear-cut was the moral justification for that act?
The latest Disney shows just how far psychology has come since the moralisers of the 19th century.
We can’t fit all of humanity in a single courtroom.
Is ethics up to the task of judging us for causing climate change?