Tagged: morality

Why we put money into bizarre cryptocurrencies like ponzicoin and cryptokitties - Guest Work

Guest Author Mar 01, 2018

Brendan Markey-Towler, The University of Queensland This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Some initial coin offerings seem like scams (and some are), but behavioural research shows our emotions are part of why people buy in to cryptocurrencies for fruits and vegetables or crypto trading even if cool-headed … Read More

Morality and autonomous vehicles - Guest Work

Guest Author Jun 27, 2016

By Dr Carolyn Mason, Lecturer, Philosophy, University of Canterbury A new study published in Science finds that the majority of research participants accept that it is morally right to program autonomous vehicles (AVs) to kill the occupant of the car to save ten pedestrians. As the authors Bonnefon, Shariff and Rahwan point out, this result agrees with utilitarianism, that … Read More

What makes something right or wrong? - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Mar 20, 2014

Here is another of the  4 animated videos produced by the British Humanist Association. They are all narrated by Stephen Fry. This one deals with aspects of morality – an important subject where the voice of non-theists is often ignored. “What makes something right or wrong?” Narrated by Stephen Fry  See: That’s Humanism: Four animated videos about Humanism narrated by … … Continue reading … Read More

Can philosophers, or anyone, tell us what is “right” and “wrong”? - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jan 23, 2013

Credit: Descartes Centre It’s no secret philosophers and scientists sometimes seem to be in conflict. I’m not talking about philosophers of religion (there are epistemological grounds for an inevitable conflict with science there). No, I mean philosophers in general. And … Continue reading → … Read More

Scientists and philosophers discuss morality and meaning - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Dec 18, 2012

I am working my way through the videos of the discussions at the Moving Naturalism Forward Workshop (see At last – Moving Naturalism Forward videos). I really appreciate these philosophical and scientific discussions because they aren’t weighed down, or diverted, by  … Continue reading → … Read More