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  • Fertile Old Ladies

    By William Saletan | Slate "Is it OK to impregnate a 60-year-old woman? Should old women have babies? Until recently, this wasn't an issue. Nature exhausted your egg supply, and that was it. But technology has surmounted that problem. Now you can get in vitro fertilization, donor eggs, and womb...
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  • The Origin of Hatred

    By Katherine Harmon | Scientific American "If love is said to come from the heart, what about hate? Along with music, religion, irony and a host of other complex concepts, researchers are on the hunt for the neurological underpinnings of hatred. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) has begun...
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  • The Biological Basis Of Morality

    By Edward O. Wilson from The Atlantic "ENTURIES of debate on the origin of ethics come down to this: Either ethical principles, such as justice and human rights, are independent of human experience, or they are human inventions. The distinction is more than an exercise for academic philosophers...
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  • I feel your pain, even though I can't feel mine

    A recent article in Science News discusses a study about the psychological mechanisms mediating the relationship between pain and empathy. "In 1985, Monday Night Football fans looked on as Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann was sacked. The collision was so forceful that it snapped Theismann...
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  • Reading British literature encourages virtue

    A recent article in Penn State University's Daily Collegian discusses a study that suggests a correlation between literature and ethics. "Reading classic literature can help one make more ethical decisions, according to a recent study conducted by a Penn State professor and three evolutionary...
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