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by prof
Sun Dec 10, 2017 3:28 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Can there be shared community values?
Replies: 26
Views: 700

Re: Can there be shared community values?

The Scientific American report. which includes an interview with Dr. Paul Bloom, begins this way: Morality is not just something that people learn, argues Yale psychologist Paul Bloom: It is something we are all born with. At birth, babies are endowed with compassion, with empathy, with the beginni...
by prof
Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:50 am
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: An update on the Applied Ethics solution known as Universal Basic Income
Replies: 22
Views: 565

Re: An update on the Applied Ethics solution known as Universal Basic Income

The problem (that motivates a proposal such as the UBI) is lack of quality jobs, that is, jobs paying a decent living wage. There are some jobs available, but they are either in service industries that pay a wage inadequate to support a middle-class lifestyle; or they are highly-technical and requir...
by prof
Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:18 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Basic questions of the moral life
Replies: 12
Views: 319

Re: Basic questions of the moral life

Well, money sure doesn't trickle up, because the poor don't have any. Neither do they create jobs. The above shows an example of black-or-white thinking: it assumes that money must either trickle up or trickle down. It sees no other possibilities. It is the "either/or" blind-spot. The problem is la...
by prof
Wed Dec 06, 2017 3:54 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Basic questions of the moral life
Replies: 12
Views: 319

Re: Basic questions of the moral life

Lower taxes, more money that was sheltered under Obamanism, wealth brought back into the economy. More investment, more economic growth, more jobs for working folks, and so on. In the 1890s, the time of the Robber Barons, this concept - which today we speak of as "trickle down" - was known as "The ...
by prof
Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Basic questions of the moral life
Replies: 12
Views: 319

Re: Basic questions of the moral life

He's merely using tactics to drive the Left insane. Please define what you mean by "the Left." Then tell us where you stand with regard to those concepts. Then justify your beliefs with good, solid reasons. Please. Many studies have shown that the wealthier people get, the less empathy they show to...
by prof
Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Basic questions of the moral life
Replies: 12
Views: 319

Re: Basic questions of the moral life

:) If someone these days asserts he is Napoleon, we would be justified in saying he has a Psychosis; since he is not in touch with reality. If he slips in an out of reality, we would correctly call him a Borderline Psychotic. The heads of national psychiatric professional associations have diagnosed...
by prof
Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:03 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Can there be shared community values?
Replies: 26
Views: 700

Re: Can there be shared community values?

The Scientific American report. which includes an interview with Dr. Paul Bloom, begins this way: Morality is not just something that people learn, argues Yale psychologist Paul Bloom: It is something we are all born with. At birth, babies are endowed with compassion, with empathy, with the beginnin...
by prof
Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:51 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Basic questions of the moral life
Replies: 12
Views: 319

Re: Basic questions of the moral life

Here is a passage from that book to which I made reference in the previous post: e have examined how strife and conflict can originate – even in our intimate settings -- if we don’t know our Ethics. Once we do know Ethics, and how to practice it, we will defer to one another, be considerate, and wil...
by prof
Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:19 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Can there be shared community values?
Replies: 26
Views: 700

Re: Can there be shared community values?

Research conducted by The Institute for Global Ethics found that when people around the globe were asked, "What does "ethics" mean to you?" they responded usually by naming one or more of the values cited in the original post. Nowhere have I suggested that one can adhere to, or put into practice, al...
by prof
Tue Dec 05, 2017 2:15 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Can there be shared community values?
Replies: 26
Views: 700

Re: Can there be shared community values?

The values which emerged (as those upon which there is a global-wide consensus that this is what "ethics" is about) are these: Honesty, Respect, Responsibility, Compassion, Self-control, Commitment, Fairness, Moral Courage, and Cooperation. If Ethics means anything it is a concern with these values...
by prof
Mon Dec 04, 2017 3:56 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Can there be shared community values?
Replies: 26
Views: 700

Re: Can there be shared community values?

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Achieving a big worthwhile goal is always "impossible"
---- until it's done !
---Nelson Mandella


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by prof
Mon Dec 04, 2017 3:50 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Basic questions of the moral life
Replies: 12
Views: 319

Basic questions of the moral life

Here are some questions upon which I have been reflecting lately, and upon which I invite you to think of some solutions: How can we maximize human fun and minimize human suffering? How can we attain widespread prosperity? How can we – perhaps with the help of machines that learn – converge on answe...
by prof
Wed Nov 29, 2017 7:16 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Do you know your own self-interest?
Replies: 210
Views: 10524

Re: Do you know your own self-interest?

Viveka More power to you! Aw. Thanks. :) I must ask you a question though: Does desiring good make for a selfish person? Or does desiring good for goodness' sake make an unselfish person? You can't become unselfish by being selfish, right? Formal Axiology, devised by Robert S. Hartman, directs thin...
by prof
Mon Nov 27, 2017 10:01 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Can there be shared community values?
Replies: 26
Views: 700

Re: Can there be shared community values?

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All truth passes through three stages.
First, it is ridiculed and condemned.
Second, it is violently opposed.
Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.

---Arthur Schopenhauer (1n 1818)
by prof
Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:28 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Can there be shared community values?
Replies: 26
Views: 700

Re: Can there be shared community values?

Listen up, folks! There cannot be a Science of Ethics because Pants says so. And he persistently says so dogmatically and emphatically. They say it's impossible. Doing the possible may be fun. Doing the "impossible" is more fun. Pants is unaware of the measures that transform subjective reports into...