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"Everything has a moral, if only you can find it" - L.C.
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Perspective » Unexpected Pregnancy, Morality, and the Law

Perspective » Unexpected Pregnancy, Morality, and the Law | Moral Development | Scoop.it

"Again, in a practical world how could we enforce the idea that a man who didn’t really want a child wasn’t responsible for the child? How many deadbeat dads would step forward with their reluctance, their ambivalence, as a way to worm their way out of responsibility? It is very hard to see how this could be written into law, the didn’t-want-him argument, without wide-scale abuse and harm to the children involved. On the other hand, it might be reasonable to recognize that there is a certain amount of unfairness at play. There is the possibility that a woman who has a baby against a man’s will should in some moral, if not legal universe, claim financial responsibility for that child."

 

Perhaps we need to consider for a moment that contraception methods are not a guarantee against conception.

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Perspectives » Walter Williams: We're immoral beyond redemption

Perspectives » Walter Williams: We're immoral beyond redemption | Moral Development | Scoop.it

"Benjamin Franklin, statesman and signer of our Declaration of Independence, said: 'Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom.'"

 

Please consider the following:

 

What is freedom?  What are some possible reasons for the restriction of freedom?  In what ways are these reasons valid? 

 

What does virtuous mean?  Why would a virtous person not need restriction?  Why would the corrupt or vicious be more in need of masters?

What does moral mean?  If something is illegal does that mean it is immoral?  If something is clearly immoral when done by the minority, does it become moral when it is done by the majority?  If something is clearly immoral, does it become moral by legalizing it?

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Cindy Tam's comment, June 9, 2012 12:34 AM
An interesting response to this article: http://sas4liberty.wordpress.com/2012/06/08/does-legality-establish-morality/
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Perspectives » The Moral Diet

Perspectives » The Moral Diet | Moral Development | Scoop.it

"We all commit little indiscretions, just enough to keep from feeling too bad about it. Should we be active in curtailing this inevitability, and if so, how?"

 

"Next time you feel tempted by something, recite the Ten Commandments. A small triggering nudge at the moment of temptation, Ariely argues, is more effective than an epic sermon meant to permanently transform your whole soul.

 

I’d add that you really shouldn’t shoot for goodness, which is so vague and forgiving. You should shoot for rectitude. We’re mostly unqualified to judge our own moral performances, so attach yourself to some exterior or social standards."

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Perspectives » The Hearts and Minds of Animals: A Discussion with Dr. Marc Bekoff

Perspectives » The Hearts and Minds of Animals: A Discussion with Dr. Marc Bekoff | Moral Development | Scoop.it

"I like to stress to people, many of whom don’t even realize it, that how we treat other animals has direct effects on how we feel about ourselves. I argue in many places that compassion begets compassion and that there is an ever-growing compassion umbrella that encompasses or embraces many different species including humans. So, when we’re nice to other animals and empathize compassionately with their physical and mental health we’re also spreading compassion to other people."

 

"rapidly accumulating data are showing that both nonhuman and human animals are by nature compassionate, kind, and empathic and we’ve been radically mislead by misreadings of Charles Darwin’s ideas about the role of competition in the evolution of social behavior and by mass media for whom blood sells."

 

"People forget, too frequently, that they, we, all of us are animals."

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Perspectives » Why Theology Matters

"As i get further along in to my studies, i have realized this simple truth: Theology Matters. And this is a great, brief video summing up “Why Theology Matters” ... I love the last line: We are all theologians."

 

While I am by no means religious neither do I believe that one must be religious to be moral.  I find this clip particularly engaging and I'm moved by the earnest desire to study and find truth.  Is there any value system that aspires to know falsehood rather than truth?  Whatever system of values and beliefs we carry, if we seek at all we seek truth don't we?

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

Books » Steven Pinker: fighting talk from the prophet of peace | Moral Development | Scoop.it
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 6:49 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 10:47 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 5:59 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
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Research » Sapolsky: Everyone can do the right thing

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"In a 2010 report in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Harvard psychologists Joshua Greene and Joseph Paxton asked a great question: When people are confronted with the opportunity to lie, what differs in the brains of people who succumb to the temptation and those who don’t?" ... "Greene and Paxton present two differing views in moral philosophy about honesty: Is honesty an act of will; does it require a person working hard to refrain from doing the wrong thing?"

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Perspectives » Michael J. Sandel: When Markets Crowd Out Morals

Perspectives » Michael J. Sandel: When Markets Crowd Out Morals | Moral Development | Scoop.it

"We live in a time when almost anything can be bought and sold. Markets have come to govern our lives as never before. But are there some things that money should not be able to buy? Most people would say yes."

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Perspectives » Morals and the machine

Perspectives » Morals and the machine | Moral Development | Scoop.it

"IN THE classic science-fiction film “2001”, the ship’s computer, HAL, faces a dilemma. His instructions require him both to fulfil the ship’s mission (investigating an artefact near Jupiter) and to keep the mission’s true purpose secret from the ship’s crew. To resolve the contradiction, he tries to kill the crew.

 

As robots become more autonomous, the notion of computer-controlled machines facing ethical decisions is moving out of the realm of science fiction and into the real world. Society needs to find ways to ensure that they are better equipped to make moral judgments than HAL was."

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News » Ray Bradbury dies at 91

News » Ray Bradbury dies at 91 | Moral Development | Scoop.it

"On Wednesday, artists influenced by his work came forward to pay tribute to his genius. Among them was Pan's Labyrinth director Guillermo del Toro, who wrote "I feel lonelier. The world is vast and barren: Bradbury was one of the titans of fantastic fiction and a unique voice in American literature. The lyricism of his prose influenced many generations across the globe. A humanist before anything else, Bradbury nurtured my youthful hopes, my flights of fancy. His soul was gentle but his imagination was fierce.""

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Research » Self-Control: when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

Research » Self-Control: when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. | Moral Development | Scoop.it

"In his latest research Roy F. Baumeister has discovered surprising ways to improve willpower, including sipping lemonade."

 

We all have it.  We all exercise it.  According to this article, Self-control is your decision-making muscle  that tires from use.  So how can we get stronger?  How can we make better choices?  Sometimes success is as simple as common sense - If you don't want to fail, stay away from situations where you have to exert self-control - avoid temptation.   Sometimes success is a little strange - Have a glass of something sweet to power-up your willpower.

 

Could powering-up your decision-making and willpower be as simple as putting yourself in better company, better situations, and better environments?

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Perspectives » What is philosophy and why should I care?

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It happened again. This time in a public place. I was walking with the crowd into Central Station when I stopped to talk to one of the charity workers who hover like butterflies about the station e...

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Perspectives » Are We Ready for a 'Morality Pill'?

Perspectives » Are We Ready for a 'Morality Pill'? | Moral Development | Scoop.it
Would it be ethical to produce, or take, a drug that makes us more likely to help others?
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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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