Category Archives: Ethics

Preventing a Harm by Doing a Harm

Consider a couple, Sam and Tracy.  Sam and Tracy have been together for a long time.  We could even imagine them being married if you’d like.  Lately, however, their relationship has been rocky and has slowly become unstable.  Whatever the … Continue reading

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The Ethics of Recognizing Sexiness Part Two

In my last post, I looked at Lintott’s and Irvin’s article about changing the way we perceive people as being sexy. They argue that we ought to see people as sexy subjects, meaning that we can respect people and also “see … Continue reading

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The Ethics of Recognizing Sexiness Part One

Suppose someone said to you, “you are sexy.” How would you respond? It obviously depends on the context, but let me offer two possibilities.  On the one hand, you might experience something negative simply because you are seen as an … Continue reading

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Explaining CRISPR

First, let’s get an understanding of what CRISPR is. In an extremely oversimplification, CRISPR is an editing tool where a genetic engineer can cut and edit out parts of DNA—usually unhealthy bits—and replace them with benign parts. It has the … Continue reading

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Sexual Desires, Mind-Body Dualism, and Somatic Practices

This is a somewhat lengthy post. You can read to tl;dr summary if you scroll toward the bottom. In Ann J. Cahill’s article, “Sexual Desire, Inequality, and Transformation,” she argues for an ethical transformation so that your sexual desires do not … Continue reading

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How Complacent Are you?

There’s a book coming out by Tyler Cowen called The Complacent Class. Cowen argues that Americans have gotten so comfortable to the point where they are complacent.  We’ve sheltered ourselves to the point where we avoid change. In a way, … Continue reading

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Jeremy Bentham Hinted that Jesus was a Homosexual

Jeremy Bentham is well-known for promulgating utilitarianism.  Through this ethic, Bentham endorsed many things such as equality for women, abolishment of slavery, and opposing capital punishment.  He also applied utilitarianism when it came to sexual matters.  For example, an early … Continue reading

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Let’s See What’s in the News Today (April 12, 2016)

Advice A nice blog post about advice from Daniel Dennett on how to think philosophically. Art A cool photo project where you can see the borders between two, sometimes three, countries in Europe. Ethics Stoic spiritual exercises part i. Stoic … Continue reading

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Let’s See What’s in the News Today (April 3, 2016)

Children When someone doesn’t want kids, people often respond by saying things like, “You’ll change your mind later,” or “you’ll want kids someday.”  Here’s an article about parents who regret having kids. Culture Television that has romantic and relationship themes … Continue reading

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On Building the Virtue of Being Rejected

I came across this story on NPR, which discusses a young man, Jason Comely.  Jason didn’t go out that much.  Nine months before, his wife had left him for someone else.  From this experience, Jason withdrew from life and didn’t … Continue reading

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