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.

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This Week in Science and Morality – 3/16/15

Moral robots, strengthening morality through biological enhancement, and the science of forgiveness and gratitude — here’s what’s new in science and morality this week.

This Week in Science and Morality – 3/9/15

The mentality of mass murder, how religion can foster climate denial and why the Catholic Church is saying “capital punishment must end” — here’s what’s new in science and morality this week.