What Is Morality?

For a topic as subjective as morality, people sure have strong beliefs about what's right and wrong. Yet even though morals can vary from person to person and culture to culture, many are universal, as they result from basic human emotions. We may think of moralizing as an intellectual exercise, but more frequently it's an attempt to make sense of our gut instincts.

Recent posts on Ethics and Morality

The Best Preparation for Marriage

Great relationships aren’t discovered; they are created.

Why Social Stigma Matters

Hate crimes are on the rise. New research helps to explain why.

The Bar-Mitzvah

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 21, 2017 in How To Do Life
A short-short story about being judgmental.

Growing Up in a False Reality

Seeking artificial validation not only results in addictive, destructive behaviors, it also displaces the very experiences that would otherwise offer us authentic validation.

The Choices We Make Create History, So Choose Wisely

One of the infinite number of choices we make is how we deal with conflicts and disputes.

The Age Of Dissociation

We are past the point of anxiety, and our defenses are maxed out.

Trump and the Psychology of Pro Wrestling

How does Donald Trump uses wrestling tactics to get ahead? This article on the psychology of pro wrestling sheds some light on our "heel-in-chief."

Ethics and Trust at Work

Avoiding wrongdoing isn't the same as doing what's right when it comes to building trust at work. Neither is quiet compliance.

Reclaiming Human Dignity

Have you experienced religiously-based abuse or violence? This post explores the ideological basis for Judeo-Christian patterns of aggression.

Bible Belief in Decline

Belief in the bible continues to plummet.
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Required Summer Reading

In a landmark study of why human beings believe what they believe and do what they do, Robert Sapolsky demonstrates that brains and cultures evolve; genes don't determine anything.

Can You Know Your True Self?

How do you access your True Self? How is the True Self defined and does it have significance in your life?

Doubt

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 14, 2017 in How To Do Life
19 issues we shouldn't be so sure about.

Ethical Love

Love or Luck?Would you like to be betrayed, forgotten, or abandoned for other younger and more divine bodies?

Think Positive? The Pressure to Be Happy

Happiness isn’t just a feeling; it’s a way of being in the world.

The Firing of Comey and the Empathy Gap

Are you as perceptive as you believe?

Dear Students: Go Figure It Out!

When protocols are not the way, and autonomy cannot be taught, there is a simple recipe: get lost, figure it out!

Veterinary Ethics: Life & Death Decisions in the Real World

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on May 10, 2017 in Animal Emotions
Making decisions about animal suffering in a wide variety of venues isn't easy, and doing the "right" thing can be extremely trying. Veterinarians need to be trained in ethics.

Promotion and Relegation for Soccer in the USA

The United States should play the world's game the world's way. We need promotion and relegation to truly compete with the world's best at the beautiful game.

The Victim Is To Blame

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on May 08, 2017 in Am I Right?
There is a reason why some blame the victim: it is a matter of their moral system.

Why Is It So Hard to Be Altruistic?

Cooperation and generosity are the norm, not the exception.

The Struggle for Awe in a Robotic Age

The cry for awe—the humility and wonder, and the sense of adventure toward living—in an age of devices and programming.
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If I Were a Rich Man

Some of the things money can—and cannot—do for us.

The World Beyond Your Head: How to Find Life's Meaning

Matthew Crawford criticizes David Foster Wallace's advice about finding meaning in “The World Beyond Your Head."

The Gene Machine: An Interview with Bonnie Rochman

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on May 06, 2017 in Side Effects
The expanding influence of genomics on our lives.
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How Do You See It?

How is it that perfectly reasonable, informed people come to hold opposing views? Ambiguous figures teach unambiguous lessons about perspective taking.

Seeking Common Ground II: The Progressive Spirit

A “public” sphere appropriately transcends “private” concerns. The wealth of a nation is not the aggregate of individual interests but an expression of collective well-being.
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Tech Companies Are Addicting People. Should They Stop?

By Nir Eyal on May 05, 2017 in Automatic You
Do tech companies have a moral responsibility to stop addicting us?

Sex Work and Higher Education: A Mix of Disparate Identities

Recent research on student sex workers shatters societal misconceptions about sex work as connected with pathology and criminality/trafficking.

Stop Looking for Yourself

By Svend Brinkmann Ph.D. on May 05, 2017 in Stand Firm
Those who reject the whole find-and-develop-yourself ideology have more chance of putting down roots and living a life with a certain degree of integrity.