Ethics and Morality Essential Reads

How Social Contagion Helps Explain Our Pet Choices

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on August 18, 2017 in Animals and Us
The craze for flat-faced dogs may have been produced by the same mob mentality that caused a wave of pet euthanasia in 1939.

Keeping Track

By Jean Kazez on August 16, 2017 in The Philosophical Parent
Is it ethical to use Find-My-iPhone to track your kids?

A Moral Compass for Troubling Times

We need a clear moral compass during these complicated times.
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Why We Hate People Who Disagree

By Mark Alicke Ph.D. on August 13, 2017 in Why We Blame
Can we like people who disagree with us?

The Psychopathology of Shakespeare’s Most Evil Villains

And thus I clothe my naked villainy / With odd old ends stol'n forth of holy writ, / And seem a saint when most I play the devil. — Richard III

Diversity Includes Intellectual Diversity

James Damore, an engineer with Google, was fired for sending out a memo suggesting that our understanding of human nature should inform corporate policy. We have a long way to go.

The Psychology of the New McCarthyism

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on August 11, 2017 in Rabble Rouser
On the rising threat to science and basic human rights in America.

Even Psychologists Need Help with Civility Guidelines

APA's efforts to improve civility might become a best practice that other groups could benefit from. Time will tell but hopefully, psychologists are onto something here.

Beware of the Power Elite in Society

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on August 07, 2017 in Wicked Deeds
The late, visionary sociologist C. Wright Mills warned that acts of elite deviance that cause social or criminal harm are part of the “higher immorality of the power elite.”

What Keeps Partners From Cheating?

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on August 04, 2017 in ExperiMentations
Infidelity generally leads to pain and suffering for all involved, and is the most common factor in divorce. How do we resist temptation, making it more likely we'll stay together?

How Our Screens Diminish Our Empathy

By Tim Elmore on August 01, 2017 in Artificial Maturity
A shocking video was recently taken by a group of teens as they watched a man struggle and drown in a local pond. The body of Jamel Dunn was not found for five days.

Are Sexbots Here to Stay?

Sex dolls have been around for centuries and are coming of age with the advent of humanoid robots and virtual reality. Where are we with sexbots? What will the future hold?

Are You High in Moral Development? Do You Love?

Is the field of moral development as morally developed as it should be? If not, maybe you are under-striving to be the most highly developed person you can be. See where you stand.

Do Children Even Think About Right and Wrong?

By Rob Henderson on July 26, 2017 in After Service
How do children think about right and wrong? Research overturns old ideas.

What’s the Deal with “Furries?”

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on July 24, 2017 in Animals and Us
An international team of social scientists has been studying the psychology of "furries" for a decade. What they have found is fascinating.

Should We Have Children?

By Neel Burton M.D. on July 23, 2017 in Hide and Seek
This fundamental question raises profound ethical issues.

Unpacking David Lynch's Twin Peaks, The Return

By Judith Eve Lipton M.D. on July 22, 2017 in Peace and War
David Lynch's extraordinary TV series carries a serious message. It may also be the most ingenious and creative video of all time.

Religion, Secularism, and Homophobia

By Phil Zuckerman Ph.D. on July 21, 2017 in The Secular Life
Millennials are the least homophobic Americans, and also the least religious.

How to Stop Robots From Harming Themselves—and Us

If the "suicidal robot" followed this new model, it wouldn't have drowned.

How to Talk to a Vet

By Robert Dingman Ed.D. on July 18, 2017 in Mind Matters
So many veterans feel distance and alienation from their civilian compatriots because they conclude that we really don’t want to know or can’t understand how they feel.

When to End a Friendship and How to Do It

Breaking up with a friend is one of the most difficult things to do.

Can Job Autonomy Be a Double-Edged Sword?

In addition to its many benefits, job autonomy can lead to unethical behavior.

Rallying the Troops Versus Quieting the Indignation

By Gregory R. Maio Ph.D. on July 10, 2017 in Attitude Check
Is open-mindedness enough to make us more tolerant of other groups?

What Counts as "Fair" and What Makes People Care?

Allocators who stick to the rules are deemed the most fair—more fair than charitable allocators, or those who reciprocate favors.

The Knee-Jerk Apologist

Why do some people apologize for everything?

Free Speech and Thought on Campus

Whatever one's views are concerning politics, ethics, and religion, we should engage in discussion, dialogue, and debate about these issues.

Sticking With Your Goals

By Katherine Hawley Ph.D. on June 21, 2017 in Trust
If you're struggling to achieve your goals, try recruiting a little help from your friends.
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Four Talks to Change How You Think about the Refugee Crisis

When it comes to engaging the complex issues surrounding the global refugee crisis, listening to those with experience and expertise is essential.
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Globalization and Work: Have We Learned Anything Yet?

Free trade raises GDP but has its losers as well as its winners. It’s time to exchange the “winners could compensate losers” slogan for a “winners must compensate losers” policy.

Blame: A Not So Guilty Pleasure

By Mark Alicke Ph.D. on June 14, 2017 in Why We Blame
Everyone tells us that blame is a sin and to forgive is divine. Think again.