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Is Our Identity in Intellect, Memory or Moral Character?

A new paper looking at Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases finds a surprising answer to where our identity lies<p>This summer my 93-year-old mother-in-law died, a few months after her 94–year-old husband. For the last five years she had suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. By the end she …

Alzheimer's Disease

Jonathan Haidt: The moral roots of liberals and conservatives

Moral behavior in animals | Frans de Waal

Creating ethical cultures in business: Brooke Deterline at TEDxPresidio

What's the right thing to do?

Is torture ever justified? Would you steal a drug that your child needs to survive? Is it sometimes wrong to tell the truth? How much is one human …

Interview: Michael Kamber on Photojournalism Ethics and the Altering of Images

Michael Kamber is a photojournalist who has been working around the world since 1986; he has traveled to Iraq, Afghanistan, Liberia, the Sudan, …

An Ethical Restaurant Revolution: Will Restaurants Stop Serving Octopus?

Written by<p>PETA served up ample food for thought in a letter sent to the National Restaurant Association calling on CEO Dawn Sweeney to urge …

Thousands Of Ashley Madison Clients About To Learn (The Hard Way) That Most Employers Monitor Email

Upwards of 36 million email addresses were compromised when hackers infiltrated Ashley Madison, a site designed to help married people have affairs. …

Conversation with Kelly Hills: human genetic modification & bioethics

Below is a conversation with bioethics commentator Kelly Hills (who BTW has a great blog), tackling some of the key issues surrounding the potential …

Empathy and Decision Making

I recently had a wonderful and philosophical discussion over breakfast with my colleague, Silvio Nardoni. We are both members of The Esquire Network (TEN) and he has been mentioning that we seem to have very similar approaches to the practice of law and suggesting that we should discuss it further …

Empathy

In landmark ruling, orangutan granted legal ‘person’ status in Argentina

A court in Argentina has ruled that an orangutan was entitled to some basic rights as a “non-human individual” and can live in a partially free …

Chimps are not people, judge rules in animal-rights case

Chimps are not people ​after all, ​a Manhattan judge has decided.<p>Thursday’s decision means that a pair of 8-year-old chimpanzees living in a​ …

Empathy, The Emotion Humans And Animals Share

<b>NEUCHATEL</b> — To understand what others are feeling, to identify with their emotions and adapt our behavior to their needs is a critical aspect of our …

Would You Rather Lose Your Morals or Your Memory?

When Nina Strohminger was a teenager, her grandmother had dementia. “Before she got sick, she was not a very nice person,” Strohminger said. “One of …

Brain Scan Shows 'Moral Disgust' in Response to Unequal Healthcare Funding

A new fMRI study shows that when people are exposed to the idea of unequal healthcare funding, a region of the brain associated with social and moral …

'How a focus on Aristotelian ethics can develop good digital citizens'

It may sound far-fetched, but I believe the ancient Greek philosophy of Aristotle can help in tackling some of the moral issues encountered by young …

Digital Citizenship

Do patient-funded trials need a dose of ethics? - Futurity

It's the age of Kickstarter campaigns, but ethicists warn that the trend of patients funding their own clinical trials may do more harm than good.

Clinical Trials

Kant is my co-driver: philosophy and driverless cars

I’ve spent an academic year in Silicon Valley and hardly noticed until the last moment. Many Stanford buildings bear the names of assorted Hewletts …

Autonomous Vehicle

Are Self-Driving Cars An Ethical Imperative?

Teams designing self-driving cars are thinking hard about how to build in decision-making systems that behave “ethically,” avoiding or reducing collisions and other harms. Some even argue that self-driving cars will be so much better than human-driven ones that it would be unethical <i>not</i> to bring …

Autonomous Cars

The Philosophy Of Star Trek: Is The Prime Directive Ethical?

Within the <i>Star Trek</i> universe, the Prime Directive is a crucial regulation that is binding on Starfleet personnel. How well does it work as an ethical rule?<p>The Prime Directive (officially Starfleet Order 1) is a prohibition on interference with the other cultures and civilizations representatives of …

Star Trek

The moral imperative for bioethics

A POWERFUL NEW technique for editing genomes, CRISPR-Cas9, is the latest in a series of advances in biotechnology that have raised concerns about the …

What Are The Ethics Of Research Using Human Fetal Tissue?

Based on the furor currently engulfing the US, you might imagine that the use of fetal tissue is illegal. But in fact the collection and use of cells …

Genetics

High Levels of Moral Reasoning Correspond with Increased Gray Matter in Brain

Individuals with a higher level of moral reasoning skills showed increased gray matter in the areas of the brain implicated in complex social …

The Moral Code

At the most recent International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, over 1,000 experts and researchers presented an open letter calling for …

Moral Theory and Drone Warfare: A Literature Review

<b>INTRODUCTION</b><p>“Legal, ethical, and wise”: these are the three adjectives that the Obama administration has used again and again to describe its program …

Using Smartphones to Track Our Everyday Moral Judgments

Our lives are surprisingly packed with morally loaded experiences. We see others behaving badly (or well), and we behave well (or badly) ourselves. …

How Time, Space and Authority Figures Influence Your Moral Judgment

To what degree does Barack Obama or Donald Trump influence your moral judgment? Does a murder abroad carry the same moral weight as one committed at …

Psychology