Studies have shown that, in general, individuals are willing to give up some economic benefits and personal gain in favor of honesty, even when there's no risk of punishment or repercussions for dishonesty. What's keeping us honest? How do our brains actually make that decision?
"Ya can't learn nuthin' with yer mouth open." My grandpa taught me that. I'm still trying to practice that wise piece of counsel. He also taught me that there's always a job diggin' ditches and that I "ain't above it." Neither are you.
It is important because what happens in our world affects us all. One used to be able to trust networks and media -- and that is fading fast.
The Internet gives users immense power to affect the welfare of others. Malicious use of that power, such as the recent theft and release of nude photos of female celebrities, confronts users with a perplexing question: Does that power have moral boundaries?
It recently struck me that the marriage of ethics and aesthetics in the premium segment of consumer goods seems to be considered a luxury too extravagant to indulge in by the fashion industry.
Why should science not also have its ten commandments? Here is the current set of commandments through the eyes of science, in the form of objective, natural theories that should be believed.
The decline of religion in developed countries offers a unique perspective on the religion-spirituality connection. What happens to spirituality as organized religion declines? Are regular churchgoers more spiritual to begin with?
What happens when conservatives discover "political correctness?" Recently the Discovery Institute, a front for creationist conservatives, posted a column complaining about the phrase "vegetable" being used to describe those who have lost cognitive functions.
Firing a productive employee with the intention to find and rehire someone else isn't a decision to take lightly. That decision impacts the company's bottom line. But without productive employees, an organization cannot excel, and that affects the bottom line as well.
If you happen to be a follower of Jesus who believes LGBT people have suffered injustice at the hands of the church, your response to that injustice is a moral question.
May 1987. Memphis, Tennessee. I'm standing outside the gates of Graceland Mansion with my friend Wess. I tell him I think this whole Elvis thing i...
The next time you read a controversial opinion article, instead of talking about "lynching" the author or what "gauge" shotgun you're going to use when you shoot him, maybe present a better idea to solve the problems he's trying to address.
The need for these drugs is greatest in the countries where the epidemic is raging. Their residents come first. Because clinical trials for safety and efficacy can be carried out only in such countries, even the "compassionate use" of an unproven drug in severely limited supply should be granted first to inhabitants of the nations that have been most severely affected.
I set out to test whether liberals favor obedience to authority just like conservatives do.
We may find it frustrating, but the relationship status between the Bible and sexual wisdom reads, "It's complicated."
For many thousands of years now, the human race has been indoctrinated to submit to orthodoxy and to cower before authority, and to swallow endless nonsense from both.