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Muslim Rohingya facing ethnic cleansing in Myanmar

Violence against the Rohingya people continues in Rakhine State in Myanmar. Armed forces are “killing men, slaughtering children, raping women, burning and looting houses, forcing these people to cross the river,” according to John McKissick of the UN refugee agency in neighboring Bangladesh. Rohingyas fleeing the attacks have sought refuge across the river in Bangladesh in rickety boats. Aljazeera reports that thousands of Rohingyas have attempted to cross the border in the past week, with many being turned back by […]

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Aeon original video on Stoicism and death with philosopher Massimo Pigliucci

Massimo Pigliucci, Professor of Philosophy at CUNY-City College, speaks about Stoicism and death in an original video for Aeon magazine.

Pigliucci explains that suicide was considered permissible in certain circumstances, relating it to modern advocacy for right to death legislation, noting that Zeno, the founder of Stoicism, took his own life after years of debilitating illness. He describes this acknowledgement of death as a contrast to life as a part of living virtuously; it provides perspective and a choice, in the same way that […]

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A sociologist in Las Vegas on atheism and morality

Is there a morality that isn’t grounded in religious faith? Who are the great thinkers and moralists of that movement? Sociologist Lori Fazzino tells an interviewer that atheists are misunderstood, and just as moral as Evangelical Christians, in an interview about her graduate work and personal spiritual history.

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A moral case for eating meat?

Comparing meat-eating to Christian virtue ethics, Grist’s food writer, Nathanael Johnson, tries to find arguments in favor of meat-eating as a moral choice.

Johnson notes that, as yet, there is no book which makes an opposing case to Peter Singer’s “Animal Liberation”, but starting with a 2012 essay contest moderated by Ariel Kaminer in the New York Times, explores a number of arguments which he finds unsatisfying. He notes that rational argument fails to hold much sway when the vast majority of people simply enjoy eating […]

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Tiffany Sun employs the trolley problem to reveal our biases

New York high school student Tiffany Sun re-examines the Trolley Problem:

Tiffany said the first step to conducting her research was coming up with experimental stimuli to apply to the traditional logical problem. “I manipulated the characteristics of the lone person on the track,” she says. “I used descriptions of variables—[physical] attractiveness, socio-economic status or wealth, and [having a physical] disability.”…

Tiffany’s results showed that the participants were more like to sacrifice (kill) the person on the alternative track if that […]

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Is free will an illusion? Krista Tippett hosts a discussion about the mind and morality

On Being, the Peabody-award winning radio show about the human condition, hosts a conversation between Michael McCullough, professor of psychology, and Arthur Zajonc, physicist, about morality and the ways our practices and thoughts may shape our morality.

Tippett and her guests discuss morality, the mind, and quantum mechanics as they gently debate predetermination, mechanistic morality, and the nature of free will.

The entire episode is archived on their site (audio | transcript) along with video of the discussion.

BBC4’s “A History of Ideas” has […]

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10 tips for dating a priest

a more healthy way to look at clerical life is to remember that it is supposed to be at its heart about being very much yourself and very much about living life with passion. That means all kinds of passion. Oh yes, that kind of passion too.

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