The urge to punish is not only about revenge – unfairness can unleash it, too

Unfairness alone is upsetting enough to drive people to punish lucky recipients of unfair outcomes.

Paul Deutchman, PhD Candidate in Psychology, Boston College • conversation
Sept. 30, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: morality psychology inequality competition motivation behavioral-economics evolutionary-psychology psychology-research fairness morals punishment justice deterrence stealing moral-outrage theft inequity social-inequity

To stop mass extinction, reform the outdated Victorian harm principle

Environmental activists have been advocating for piecemeal legal change for decades. But a more fundamental rewrite of the law is needed.

Tanya Wyatt, Professor of Criminology, Northumbria University, Newcastle • conversation
Sept. 28, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: morality law interdisciplinarity environmental-law victorians

Personality shifts might also change your politics

"We saw that in these personality changes toward greater empathy, people placed a lot more importance upon more liberal ideologies..."

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State • futurity
Sept. 21, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: politics morality empathy personality featured society-and-culture beliefs

Don't blame cats for destroying wildlife – shaky logic is leading to moral panic

Framing cats as responsible for declines in biodiversity is based on faulty scientific logic and fails to account for the real culprit – human activity.

Francisco J. Santiago-Ávila, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Wisconsin-Madison • conversation
July 30, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: conservation biodiversity birds ethics mice science australia rats cats sixth-mass-extinction conservation-biology logic justice moral-panic predator compassion apex-predators habitat-degradation

Did Neil Ferguson really do wrong in breaking the coronavirus lockdown?

Lockdown requires that we all act as if we know nothing, even if we are world experts on disease transmission.

Stephen John, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy of Public Health, University of Cambridge • conversation
May 7, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus morality social-distancing lockdown autonomy fairness moral-philosophy

How to understand social distancing as a moral issue

If someone has the luxury of social distancing during the pandemic, why wouldn't they do it? An expert examines the morality of the issue.

Emily Litvack-U. Arizona • futurity
April 6, 2020 ~1 min

Tags: covid-19 ethics philosophy featured social-lives health-and-medicine morals

Does cognitive dissonance account for rising xenophobia?

Research finds that people "living near concentration camps... were more likely to conform to the beliefs system of the regime. And we think this was because of cognitive dissonance."

Amy McCaig-Rice University • futurity
Jan. 29, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: history memory bias europe world-war-ii racism germany society-and-culture beliefs morals

Your politics may shape your morality

Your politics and even your party affiliation may shape your morality, rather than the other way around, researchers say.

Katie Bohn-Penn State • futurity
Oct. 25, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: politics society-and-culture beliefs morals

Extra testosterone may attune us to moral norms

New research investigates how testosterone affects moral reasoning. The findings suggest a complicated relationship.

Rachel Griess-Texas • futurity
Aug. 26, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: hormones supplements testosterone society-and-culture morals

Do we cheat because of our nature or our environment?

An experiment sheds light on whether cheating is an innate tendency or a product of a person's situation.

Laura Muntean-Texas A&M • futurity
Aug. 1, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: ethics money society-and-culture social-lives honesty morals

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