Let’s See What’s in the News Today: 08/13/2011



  • If you receive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) to your right temporoparietal junction (RTPJ), it will affect your moral judgment.  Read about it here, or just watch it:
  • A vegetarian might actually kill more animals than omnivores.  Yet, a vegan may do the least damage.  Either that or start eating whale.  Overall, getting eggs and dairy is best from humane sources to lessen the damage.





  • With the new law being passed, birth control is now fully covered.
  • Women drinkers have better sex lives.  Basically two glass of wine a day would do it.  But this doesn’t seem like causation, more like correlation if anything.
  • New York’s new mandate will require sex education starting in 6th grade.
  • There’s a petition to get Bert and Ernie married.  However, the Sesame Workshop responded that Bert and Ernie are simply friends and that they have no sexual orientation.
  • Not really about sex, but against it.  With typical dating sites, there are always some people who sign up for the purpose of some sexual encounter.  Not with this one.  The purpose for this dating site is for purely dating, not sexual encounters.  The founder wanted to find a dating site where it didn’t lead to sex and so she started the site.

About shaunmiller

I have just completed a visiting position as an assistant professor at Dalhousie University. My ideas are not associated with my employer; they are expressions of my own thoughts and ideas. Some of them are just musings while others could be serious discussions that could turn into a bigger project. Besides philosophy, I enjoy martial arts (Kuk Sool Won), playing my violin, enjoying coffee around town, and experimenting with new food.
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2 Responses to Let’s See What’s in the News Today: 08/13/2011

  1. thekillerj says:

    I wonder if I can zap my own RTPJ. I could do whatever I wanted and blame it on my faulty brain.

    • shaunmiller says:

      That’s a good question and it’s something that philosophers have thought about for centuries: can morality co-exist with free will? Many say no, but there’s a minority that do say yes. I’m not too familiar with their arguments, but I’m sure it has to do with some sort of compatibilism. Incidentally, affecting the RTPJ won’t make you immoral per se, but it will affect your judging. Based on the example above, you won’t be too concerned with the intentions of the agent, but focus more on the consequences. Thus, affecting the RTPJ makes you more into a consequentialist, it seems.

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