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 Behavioral Economics of Police Stops Stephon Clark. Michael Brown. Freddie Gray. Alton Sterling. Keith Scott. Compliments of the smart phone, YouTube, and the evening news, Americans have witnessed episode after gut-wrenching, heart-breaking episode of close-range police shootings of black … Continue reading Fairness in police stops
Residents of racially diverse neighborhoods are more likely to help others What do you look for in a community? How about helpful, giving residents—people who are eager to lend a hand? Recently published research suggests you’re more likely to find … Continue reading Racial empathy
Should You Broadcast Your Charitable Side? You’re scrolling through your Facebook feed and spot a post from a former high-school classmate, sharing news about her recent service trip overseas. There’s a picture of her smiling ear to ear while posing … Continue reading Virtue signaling
I Think, Therefore I Am—Generous? Last fall, over a cup of coffee, a close friend shared with me the news of his recent engagement. Amid the congratulations and excitement, I began to hone in on the perfect wedding gift: a … Continue reading Suppressed altruism
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
Blockchain explained: It builds trust when you need it most These days, we’re having a harder and harder time trusting each other.Trust is an essential part of ordinary living, whether it’s picking mechanics based on Yelp reviews, sliding credit cards … Continue reading What the heck is blockchain?