articles tagged: morality
when compromise is impossible
# politics

when compromise is impossible

Libertarians and authoritarians can see the exact same thing and cling to diametrically opposite conclusions. And that's going to be a big problem in the very near future.

a terrible reason to oppose life extension
# tech

a terrible reason to oppose life extension

A popular philosophical objection to life extension is that it would allow terrible people to live longer. The problem is that there will always be terrible people.

why we’re more evil than you may think
# science

why we’re more evil than you may think

Researchers show that far more of us than we'd admit would harm a stranger for the promise of cold, hard cash.

ratzinger finds a new scapegoat for his troubles
# politics

ratzinger finds a new scapegoat for his troubles

According to the pope, his senior advisers, and ardent supporters, the Catholic Church molests kids because... atheists were literally Nazis?

are we born with a sense of right and wrong?
# science

are we born with a sense of right and wrong?

Years of studies show that humans may be born with an innate understanding of good and bad, and prefer being nice to others.

trying to defend the indefensible
# politics

trying to defend the indefensible

What the Catholic Church allowed its priests to do to children without consequence is monstrous and inexcusable. But the priests and their amoral henchmen are trying to find excuses anyway.

when wrong suddenly becomes right
# politics

when wrong suddenly becomes right

Humanity's history of using torture and carving out exceptions for harming other humans into submission proves that our morality is not consistent.

apologists, compromises and small gods
# science

apologists, compromises and small gods

The fellows at the John Templeton Foundation have a new idea of reconciling science and religion: mealy-mouth, vague apologetics.

sex sells and so does outrage
# sex

sex sells and so does outrage

Sex sells, and so does moral outrage about sexy things being lucrative.