What can economics teach us about moral ecology? In exploring the various connections between morality, theology, and economics, we routinely long for philosophers and theologians who understand economics, just as we crave economists who understand the bigger picture of self-interest … Continue reading The language of morality
The Upside of Envy It might seem petty of me, but for some time now, I have been bellyaching about the graybeards in black tights — those sixty- and seventysomething fitness fanatics crowing about the umpteen miles they log on … Continue reading Is self-awareness useless?
How we decide who and what we care about – and whether robots stand a chance When psychologists talk about a “moral circle” they are referring to how far we extend our moral consideration towards others. That is, whether we … Continue reading Why moral circles matter
The moral ambivalence of Gordon Gekko If director Oliver Stone and I had a nickel for every time someone uttered the words ‘greed is good,’” screenwriter Stanley Weiser noted near the end of 2008, “we could have bought up the … Continue reading Greed is good
Behave Yourself: Moral Behavior and Conformity As kids we were often nudged by our parents to be conventional: “look at your behavior- why don’t you behave like everyone else?” is a sentence I’ve been hearing from mum too often as … Continue reading A moral rule of thumb
Stimulating brain cells could stop people cheating, study finds What keeps us honest? And, if we understand the neural mechanisms behind it, can we make people more honest? Those were the questions posed by a team from the University of … Continue reading Cheating less
Dishonesty gets easier on the brain the more you do it Cast your mind back over the past week. How many times were you tempted to act dishonestly? Perhaps you were given too much change at the pub and deliberated … Continue reading The temptation of dishonesty