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"Everything has a moral, if only you can find it" - L.C.
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Books » Conservatives have broader moral sense than liberals, says ‘Righteous Mind’ author

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"Political ideology is an extension of morality — and morality, as Mr. Haidt is fond of saying in his new book, binds and blinds.  [...]  “The left and right in this country,” Mr. Haidt says in reference to his new book, “are two separate cultures.”"

 

How much of your moral palette are you utilizing?

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Books » Ethical Trade: 'Good Intentions go to Waste'

Swedish consumers are increasingly buying fair trade, vegetarian and ecological products, but is it really making the world a better place?
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Books » Man's Search for Meaning - Viktor Frankl

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"Forces beyond your control can take away everything you possess except one thing, your freedom to choose how you will respond to the situation."

 

"Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the experiences of those he treated in his practice, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. Frankl's theory—known as logotherapy, from the Greek word logos ("meaning")—holds that our primary drive in life is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful."

 

 

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Books » The Truth About Honesty and Dishonesty

"In particular, one of the things we find is being mentally exhausted gets people to cheat more, and here is the finding: There is something called depletion. Depletion is the idea that when we exercise self control, when we try to resist temptation, we try to resist a cake and a cookie and Facebook and Youtube and saying something nasty to someone and so on. As we try and resist temptation more and more and more our ability to resist temptation diminishes until eventually we kind of collapse and give in.

 

Dishonesty is one of those things."

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Books » Michael Sandel: 'We need to reason about how to value our bodies, human dignity, teaching and learning'

Books » Michael Sandel: 'We need to reason about how to value our bodies, human dignity, teaching and learning' | Moral Development | Scoop.it

The political philosophy professor on his new book, What Money Can't Buy, and why economics needs to be seen not as a science but a moral philosophy

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Book in Progress » A History of Moral Thought [Part 17]: Science, Nihilism & Morality

Book in Progress » A History of Moral Thought [Part 17]: Science, Nihilism & Morality | Moral Development | Scoop.it

"I am currently writing a book: a history of moral thought, to be published by Atlantic in 2012. (I am pretty sure of the title, but until it is fixed, it will just remain ‘the book’). The aim of the book is to explore the development of moral thought within its social and historical context and to address the question: Why is it that we live in an age in which we are increasingly drawn to view issues in moral terms and yet possess such an impoverished moral vocabulary? I thought it might be useful from time to time to post in Pandaemonium small sections from the book, and to open it up for discussion, debate and criticism. So here are bits of a book in progress."

 

-Kenan Malik

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Books » How Much Is Enough?

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Our obsession with endless growth is actually robbing us of the good life, argue Robert and Edward Skidelsky. They identify seven basic needs that make up the good life, and they lay out some radical social proposals to achieve them.
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Perspective » Create a Life with Purpose

"Clay Christensen, Harvard Business School professor and best-selling author, discusses his new book and explains why it's essential to follow your commitments 100% of the time."

 

"I think we can say that at graduation time everyone plans to live a life that is honest and filled with integrity and then something happened and they decided 'just this once, in this extenuating circumstance, I can do it because this is unique... '  And they become what they become."

 

My question to everyone is this: Do you do what you do because someone told you to, are you rebelling, or do you have an internal set of guiding principles? 

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Books » Steven Pinker: fighting talk from the prophet of peace

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Steven Pinker argues in his new book that, far from being the bloodiest era in human history, ours is a time when violence has been in steep decline.
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Mariana Soffer's comment, June 7, 2012 3:49 AM
I used to read Pinker's book a lot, but now I am having trouble following him, I dont manage to see the decline in blood spill sadly.
Cindy Tam's comment, June 7, 2012 7:47 PM
I have not read any of his work yet so I can't say but it would be interesting to see his argument and reasoning. You don't think that we, as humans, are less physically aggressive/violent than we were in the past? I'd be curious to see what examples he takes into account and whether there exists the possibility that some have grown better at hiding the violence.
Mariana Soffer's comment, June 8, 2012 2:59 AM
txs Cindy, you can listen to him talking on ted, he has a talk about violence, I dont remember the name now, I ll watch it again