Why Do People Do Bad (and Good) Things?

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If someone develops a brain tumor that affects their decision-making, how responsible are they for their actions? Is a sense of meaning more important than a sense of right and wrong? How does religion change the way we talk about questions of good and evil?

These are a few of the questions that this Sinai and Synapses Discussion Forum explores.

This Week in Science and Morality – 5/4/15

The moral questions surrounding technological advances that advance life, maximizing goodness using reason and logic, and the complicated nature of goodness and power — here’s what’s new in science and morality this week.

This Week in Science and Morality – 4/27/15

Whether Dzhokar Tsarnev had free will, how “Star Wars” explores and subverts Christian themes, and the constant battle of America’s culture wars — here’s what’s new in science and morality this week.

Is Religion Evolutionarily Adaptive?

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Is Religion Evolutionarily Adaptive?

Connor Wood argues that religion’s evolutionary adaptiveness (or lack thereof) shouldn’t have the slightest bearing on the epistemic credibility of religious beliefs, or the ultimate goodness of religion.

This Week in Science and Morality – 4/20/15

The good things we can learn from psychopaths, the different ways we talk about God vs. facts, and robot ethics — here’s what’s new in science and morality this week.