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The Personal Philosophy of Kwame Anthony Appiah - YouTube

The personal philosophy of Kwame Anthony Appiah.
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The Historic Scale of Syria’s Refugee Crisis

The Historic Scale of Syria’s Refugee Crisis | Experiments in Ethics | Scoop.it
Dramatic images from the Syrian refugee crisis, which exploded to encompass six million people by October 2013.
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Syria: Arming the Rebels – FRONTLINE

Syria: Arming the Rebels – FRONTLINE | Experiments in Ethics | Scoop.it
FRONTLINE finds Syrian rebel fighters who say they’re being secretly armed and trained by the United States.
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The neuroscience of restorative justice

The neuroscience of restorative justice | Experiments in Ethics | Scoop.it
Daniel Reisel studies the brains of criminal psychopaths (and mice). And he asks a big question: Instead of warehousing these criminals, shouldn’t we be using what we know about the brain to help them rehabilitate? Put another way: If the brain can grow new neural pathways after an injury … could we help the brain re-grow morality?
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See Ferguson Through Local Photographers' Eyes

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Following the Photographers of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Philosophy Referee Hand Signals

Philosophy Referee Hand Signals | Experiments in Ethics | Scoop.it
The next time you're presiding over an intense philosophical debate, feel free to use these hand signals to referee things.
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Google and the Trolley Problem | Owen abroad

Google and the Trolley Problem | Owen abroad | Experiments in Ethics | Scoop.it

I expect that in a few years autonomous cars will not only be widely used but they will be mandatory. The vast majority of road accidents are caused by driver error, and when we see how much deaths and injury can be reduced by driverless cars we will rapidly decide that humans should not be allowed to be left in charge.


This gives rise to an interesting philosophical challenge. Somewhere in Mountain View, programmers are grappling with writing the algorithms that will determine the behaviour of these cars. These algorithms will decide what the car will do when the lives of the passengers in the car, pedestrians and other road users are at risk.

 


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Questions for Free-Market Moralists

Questions for Free-Market Moralists | Experiments in Ethics | Scoop.it
Conservatives often present Robert Nozick’s view that an unfettered free market leads to a just society as moral common sense. But is it?
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The ethics of bravery: why a Black Saturday 'hero' lost his award

The ethics of bravery: why a Black Saturday 'hero' lost his award | Experiments in Ethics | Scoop.it
Last week, I received an email with the subject line: “Bravery award for baby killer.” It urged readers to sign a Change.org petition calling on the Royal Humane Society of Australia to rescind a bravery…
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Have we been dramatically underestimating elephant intelligence?

Have we been dramatically underestimating elephant intelligence? | Experiments in Ethics | Scoop.it
We've long known that elephants are intelligent animals, who remember migration routes for decades and appear to mourn their dead. But a new study suggests we may have been underestimating them -- because our methods of testing intelligence in animals are biased.
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Why It’s Not Enough to Point Out a Logical Fallacy, Explained in Comic Form

Why It’s Not Enough to Point Out a Logical Fallacy, Explained in Comic Form | Experiments in Ethics | Scoop.it
The following comic, which was first published last Monday, has been reprinted with the author’s permission. For more, check out his site, Existential Comics.
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Michael Sandel: The more things money can buy, the harder it is to be poor – video

Michael Sandel: The more things money can buy, the harder it is to be poor – video | Experiments in Ethics | Scoop.it
Harvard philosopher Michael Sandel argues that where money determines access to necessities such as health and education, inequality matters more
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Syrian refugees reach 3 million, UN says | Al Jazeera America

Syrian refugees reach 3 million, UN says | Al Jazeera America | Experiments in Ethics | Scoop.it
Organization’s refugee agency calls it €˜‘biggest humanitarian emergency of our era,’ with no sign of dissipating
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Syria’s Second Front – FRONTLINE

Syria’s Second Front – FRONTLINE | Experiments in Ethics | Scoop.it
Three years in to Syria’s civil war, another enemy has emerged: factions aligned with Al Qaeda.
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Also: Children of Aleppo

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What I learned from Nelson Mandela

What I learned from Nelson Mandela | Experiments in Ethics | Scoop.it
"In the cathedral of the wild, we get to see the best parts of ourselves reflected back to us." Boyd Varty, a wildlife activist, shares stories of animals, humans and their interrelatedness, or "ubuntu" -- defined as, "I am, because of you." And he dedicates the talk to South African leader Nelson Mandela, the human embodiment of that same great-hearted, generous spirit.
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‘Afromaidan’: Foreign media cite Ferguson as evidence of US ‘failed state’ | Al Jazeera America

‘Afromaidan’: Foreign media cite Ferguson as evidence of US ‘failed state’ | Al Jazeera America | Experiments in Ethics | Scoop.it
Media outlets around the world use Missouri’s racial tension to further criticism of Washington’s policies
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What Does It Mean to 'Throw Like a Girl'?

What Does It Mean to 'Throw Like a Girl'? | Experiments in Ethics | Scoop.it
Athletes like Mo’ne Davis aren’t just playing sports, they are resisting the colonized space around the female body.
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Flexing America's Muscles In The Middle East Will Make Things Worse

Flexing America's Muscles In The Middle East Will Make Things Worse | Experiments in Ethics | Scoop.it

The disintegration of Iraq, Syria’s ongoing civil war, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the promise and peril of the Arab Spring...  What role should America play in the Middle East? For some, America’s restraint has been a sign of disciplined leadership. But for others, it has been a sign of diminished strength and influence. How do we strike a balance between our national interests, moral obligations, and the maintenance of world order? Are we simply recognizing the limitations of our power, or does this embattled region require a bolder, more muscular, American presence?

 
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The Veil of Opulence

The Veil of Opulence | Experiments in Ethics | Scoop.it
As the selection of Paul Ryan shows, the schism between the Obama and Romney doctrines of fairness is wide. But only one of them offers the moral clarity needed to guide policy.
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Rawls on Wall Street

Rawls on Wall Street | Experiments in Ethics | Scoop.it
If Occupy Wall Street needs a manifesto, they should look to John Rawls and his theory of “justice as fairness.”
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‘Aid in Dying’ Movement Takes Hold in Some States

‘Aid in Dying’ Movement Takes Hold in Some States | Experiments in Ethics | Scoop.it
Advocates of the practice, who shun the term “assisted suicide,” say they believe that as baby boomers watch frail parents suffer, support for their movement will grow further.
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