Monthly Archives: November 2014

Let’s See What’s In the News Today (Nov. 30, 2014)

Emotions There could be a danger emphasizing empathy.  “Once you see someone as fundamentally other, fundamentally different, empathy turns off like a switch.” Paul Ekman has been an expert at detecting the emotions of faces and even whether they’re dishonest … Continue reading

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Let’s See What’s in the News Today (Nov. 23, 2014)

Abortion Some questions to ask pro-lifers. Economics Switzerland may give every citizen $2,600 a month. Ethics Molly Crocket, a neuroscientist at the University of Oxford, discusses the neuroscience of moral decision making.  It’s a fascinating talk.  You can listen to … Continue reading

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The Physics of Mosh Pits

In 2013, a group of researchers published a paper called Collective Motion of Moshers at Heavy Metal Concerts. The paper’s abstract reads: Human collective behavior can vary from calm to panicked depending on social context. Using videos publicly available online, we study the … Continue reading

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Let’s See What’s in the News Today (Nov. 17, 2014)

Books The book Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer is about a young man, Chris McCandless, who left his comfortable life outside of Washington D.C., gave his money away and burned the rest, and headed to the Alaskan wilderness.  Why did … Continue reading

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Is there Such a Thing as “Good” Sexual Objectification? (Part Three)

Let’s recall Marino’s argument: One can consent to objectification in the weak instrumental use. Consent is the morally significant feature that makes objectification permissible. Weak instrumental use is characteristic of the best sexual objectification. Therefore, consent should be the morally … Continue reading

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Is there Such a Thing as “Good” Sexual Objectification? (Part Two)

Let’s recall Marino’s argument: One can consent to objectification in the weak instrumental use. Consent is the morally significant feature that makes objectification permissible. Weak instrumental use is characteristic of the best sexual objectification. Therefore, consent should be the morally … Continue reading

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Is There Such a Thing as “Good” Sexual Objectification? (Part One)

It is assumed that sexual objectification is morally wrong.  To be clear, sexual objectification is to treat someone as an object of sexual pleasure—in short, a sex object.  So to make sure one is not sexually objectifying another person, or … Continue reading

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Let’s See What’s in the News Today (Nov. 3, 2014)

Death An advocate for right-to-die, Brittany Maynard, has ended her life from an incurable brain tumor. Drugs What happens when you decriminalize drugs?  You’d think drug use would go up, but it actually goes down.  Here’s a case study in … Continue reading

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