Philosophy

What Dracula's Prehistory Says about Moral Choices

You can learn about morality from holy scripture, religious traditions, great philosophers, or a lifetime of varied experience. But you can also …

Foundation for Economic Education

The Morality of Manipulation

Let’s admit it, we in the consumer web industry are in the manipulation business. We build products meant to persuade people to do what we want them …

Weight Watchers

Life lessons from Shakespeare and Marcus Aurelius

<b>Live in the present</b><p>“Remind yourself that it is not the future or what has passed that afflicts you, but always the present.” (Book 8, 36)<p>In this …

Happiness

THE GOOD PLACE Season One Review: Heart And Humor In Heaven

NBC's <b>The Good Place</b> aired its thirteenth episode in January, ending what had to be one of the most unusual first seasons of any network sitcom in …

TV

Struggling With Temptation?

Source: Cocoparisienne/Pixabay CC0<p>It isn’t easy being green, and it certainly isn’t easy being good. Many of us navigate life with the best of …

Aristotle

Why are we reluctant to trust robots?

Psychology research shows people mistrust those who make moral decisions by calculating costs and benefits – like computers do<p>Technologies built on artificial intelligence are revolutionising human life. As these machines become increasingly integrated in our daily lives, the decisions they face …

Psychology

Pleasure, Consent, and Dignity: Peter Singer Is Wrong About the Sexual Assault of a Disabled Man

Two renowned philosophers, Jeff McMahan and Peter Singer, recently took to the website of the <i>New York Times</i> to defend a female academic convicted on …

Hubert Dreyfus (1929-2017)

[The following is an obituary of Hubert Dreyfus by Sean D. Kelly, Teresa G. and Ferdinand F. Martignetti Professor of Philosophy at Harvard …

Is Quantum Theory About Reality or What We Know? - Facts So Romantic

Physicists know how to use quantum theory—your phone and computer give plenty of evidence of that. But knowing how to use it is a far cry from fully …

Quantum Mechanics

“Meditations on Archival Fragments”: Review of Dispossessed Lives

It should go without saying that the historical profession depends on archives. Near or far, we need those repositories to craft historical …

Slavery

How Liberals Are Poisoning The Minds Of Young Americans

Posted: Apr 23, 2017 12:01 AM<p><i>“We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honour and are shocked to find</i> …

Millennials

It's Time For The Left To Stop Imposing Its Morality On Everyone

I was born in 1977, and for most of my life if I listened closely enough, somewhere I could hear some leftist shouting “Stop imposing your morality …

Conservative POV

Why shouldn’t we compel them to come in? Locke, the Enlightenment, and the debate over religious toleration

Most people in the West today unreflectively accept the need for religious toleration. Of course, if pressed, they will admit that toleration, like …

Atheism

Common Sense, Science Fiction, and Weird, Uncharitable History of Philosophy

Philosophers have three broad methods for settling disputes: appeal to "common sense" or culturally common presuppositions, appeal to scientific …

Science Fiction

Friedrich Schiller

[New Entry by Lydia L. Moland on April 21, 2017.] Johann Christoph Friedrich Schiller (1759 - 1805) is best known for his immense influence on German …

Stanford University

If You Really Believed God Determined Morality, You'd Become An Atheist

Many of you may not know that my original goal was to be a Christian apologist, in the mold of CS Lewis. That dream got me through a BA, an MA, and …

Atheism

Young Earth Creationism of Notable Anti-Catholic Protestants

Photograph by Alex Beynon (5-16-14) [Flickr / CC BY-ND 2.0 license]<p>(9-18-10)<p><b>TAO (The Anonymous One; aka Turretinfan)</b><p>A plain reading of the Old …

Theology

Perception: Our useful inability to see reality

There's some deviant thinking behind perception, discovers Douwe Draaisma.<p>Deviate: The Science of Seeing Differently<p>Beau Lotto <i>Hachette</i>: 2017. ISBN: …

The Brain

Has God become obsolete?

OPEN TO OPINION<p>There is no sharp distinction between science and religion and atheism itself rests on blind faith.<p>VARIETY<p>| 6-minute read | …

Atheism

The Impossibility of Immorality

<i>Summary: According to researchers, by default, we tend to view immoral acts as if they were simply impossible.</i><p>Source: Harvard.<p><b>Study suggests the</b> …

Neuroscience

Proof from Morality (4)

The Golden RuleMaat, the system of justice and morality used by the ancient Egyptians, was centred around this now-famous rule:Do undo others as you …

Creating robots capable of moral reasoning is like parenting – Regina Rini

Intelligent machines, long promised and never delivered, are finally on the horizon. Sufficiently intelligent robots will be able to operate …

Singularity

Don't Be Evil -- Revisited

I have to confess, I was actually a fan of Google’s “Don’t be evil” philosophy. Predictably, once the company went public with it, the cynics were …

Advertising Industry

Still sinning, part 2

Today I am beginning where I left off last week. As we have seen, Old Icelandic <i>sannr</i> meant both “true” and “guilty.” Also, the root of this word can …

Linguistics

The best of all possible worlds

Voltaire is known today for <i>Candide</i>, a short novel published in 1779. The young hero Candide travels the world in a tale littered with rape, murder, …

Physics

No top-down, or bottom-up, causality

I am preparing a paper for what looks like a very promising workshop to be held in May at the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Theoretical Biology near …

Philosophy of Science

17 Rules for Foreign Interventions

After trillions of dollars spent, thousands of dead and wounded, and the creation of myriad new terrorist enemies, Washington could learn a few …

Foreign Policy

What are "Neural Correlates" Correlates Of? - Neuroskeptic

By Neuroskeptic | April 17, 2017 1:52 pm<p>In a thought-provoking new paper called <b>What are neural correlates neural correlates of?</b>, NYU sociologist …

Consciousness

Taking Public Philosophy Seriously (guest post by Adam Hosein)

The following is a guest post* by Adam Hosein, associate professor of philosophy at the University of Colorado. A version of this post initially …

Robert Penn Warren, Democracy and Poetry, and America after 2016

Born in 1905, Robert Penn Warren’s life spanned most of the twentieth century, and his work made him America’s foremost person of letters before his …

Poetry