Latest Morality Stories
The details surrounding the emergence and evolution of religion have not been clearly established and remain a source of much debate among scholars.
Analysis: Interrogating the role of mental health professionals in assessing torture.
2009 may well be remembered for its scandal-ridden headlines, from admissions of extramarital affairs by governors and senators, to corporate executives flying private jets while cutting employee benefits, and most recently, to a mysterious early morning car crash in Florida.
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Picture the following hypothetical scenario: A trolley is headed toward five helpless victims.
The rationale behind torture is that pain will make the guilty confess, but a new study by researchers at Harvard University finds that the pain of torture can make even the innocent seem guilty.
In a world filled with dogma, doctrine and discipline, it is accurate to say most of us strive to do what we believe is "right." These convictions and beliefs permeate every aspect of our lives, including education, ethics and even common law.
Altruism costs time and energy, if not money, with no promise of payback, but humans seem to be hard-wired to be helpful, German researchers said. Harriet Over and Malinda Carpenter of the Max Planck Institute in Munich, Germany, found that priming infants with subtle cues to affiliation increases their tendency to be helpful. The researchers showed a large group of 18-month-old toddlers photographs of household objects, such as a teapot or a shoe.
Newly published research suggests that government use of torture has increased worldwide despite international norms discouraging it.
Researchers from Portugal and Indonesia describe an approach to decision making based on computational logic in the current issue of the International Journal of Reasoning-based Intelligent Systems which might one day give machines a sense of morality.
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