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 the Winter 2015 Sinai and Synapses Discussion Forum explores.
Whether “harmless wrongs” exist, reason as a force for morality, and why it’s dangerous to be certain of your own salvation — here’s what’s new this week in the world of science and morality.
A “reasonable” person killed three people — and that fact should scare any of us who think pure rationality can make our world better.
Why morality can lead to violence, how anxiety can lead to ethical behavior, and why we need compassion for online trolls — here’s what’s new in science and morality this week.
What ISIS truly wants, why we need sophisticated religion, and why work can bring out the worst in us — here’s what’s new in science and morality this week.
Why your heroes weren’t so great, whether violence can be moral, and whether right and wrong is a question of fact or opinion — here’s what’s new in science and morality this week.
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.
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.
How being moral helps a company’s bottom line, what “the mind of God” truly cares about, and how our eyes reflect our moral choices — here’s what’s new in science and morality.
Understanding the brains of killers, using “religious liberty” to encourage tolerance, and the possible historical link between affluence and moral religions – here’s what’s new in science and morality this week.
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.
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.
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.
Connor Wood believes that instead of writing off the enemy as evil animals who are motivated by greed or mental illness, an anthropologist actually tries to understand where ISIS is coming from, so as to better interpret their motives.