As cultures evolve and societies develop, people’s change the way they think about good and evil.
An analysis of billions of words in the Google Books database shows the way society has valued moral principles such as compassion, respect for authority, community values and fairness over time.
Beauty can mean more opportunities – but can it also influence values?
Beautiful people tend to lead more charmed lives. Could their attractiveness also color their views on issues like abortion, premarital sex and gay marriage?
Happiness is a warm puppy.
Recognising animals as sentient means welfare laws must consider animals' feelings as well as their physical conditions.
President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden.
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Research on the psychology of politics reveals that when issues are framed in terms of moral right and wrong, the possibility of compromise becomes very small.
An anti-abortion advocate in Jackson, Mississippi, March 2018.
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Are Democrats or Republicans more caring about others? One study of the role compassion plays in politics provides some surprising answers. And then there were the outliers: Trump voters.
If you don’t want to be facing down an angry dinosaur, pay attention to what happens on screen.
As fictional inventors make terrible choices on the big screen, real-world tech innovators can learn from their example how not to make the same kinds of ethical mistakes.
The #MeToo movement and more recent allegations against Brett Kavanaugh have posed questions about past conduct.
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Whether the sins of our past stay with us forever has become a pertinent question of our time. A philosopher argues we don't need to carry our past burdens – although there are some moral conditions.
‘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.
How should you choose your friends?
Friendship requires that we be open to our friends’ ways of seeing things, even when they differ from our own. Is being a good person necessary for a good friendship? Who is a good person?
A philosopher's take on the ethics of products that allow parents to lighten the skin colour of their unborn baby.
Does your morality come from your religion? Not really. Trafalgar Square (Stop B), London, United Kingdom.
Many believe their morality comes from their religion. But evidence suggests that people’s opinion of what God thinks is actually what they believe is right and wrong, not the other way around.
Salon de l'agriculture, Paris (2007).
A vegan and anti-speciesist society is based on a somewhat simplistic view of the animal world. And its principles cannot be implemented in a globalised world.
“No, I didn’t eat any cake.”
Children lying is rarely cause for concern and actually means your child is developmentally normal.
People inside the McAllen processing center for people crossing the US border.
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The scale and brutality of Trump's family separation policy was like nothing that has gone before.
It is just as much for our own sake, as for the sake of robots, that we should begin recognising the rights of intelligent machines.
Knowing when children develop morality means we can aid their moral development.
Children develop a sense of morality as they grow, similar to how literacy and numeracy skills develop over time and with practice.
Former South African president Jacob Zuma stands accused of racketeering, fraud, money laundering and corruption.
South Africans expect former president Zuma him to take responsibility and remedy his undemocratic and unconstitutional behaviour.
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.
A police officer portrays an active shooter with an assault rifle loaded with dummy rounds.
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While emergency drills may help schools feel safer, they contain underlying and often unintended moral messages about the nature of school and life itself.
A shepherd with his flock in the Netherlands.
Humans have long been trying differentiate themselves from the rest of the biological world. Is it because we're superior, or just insecure?