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  • "Your Cell will Teach You Everything" Old Wisdom, Modern Science, and the Art of Attention (2009)

    By Noreen Herzfed Sit in your cell and your cell will teach you everything. Few of us live the monastic life. We spend our days in a world of work filled with technologies that vie for our attention. And we return at the end of those days, not to a cell, but to an equally busy home and family. Yet the...
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  • Contributions of Societal Modernity to Cognitive Development: A Comparison of Four Cultures (2009)

    Mary Gauvain, Robert L. Munroe This study examined how societal changes associated with modernization are related to cognitive development. Data were from 4 cultural communities that represented a broad range of traditional and modern elements: the Garifuna (Belize), Logoli (Kenya), Newars (Nepal), and...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: nick stock
  • How Ethical Theory Can Improve Practice: Lessons from Abu Ghraib (2009)

    Nancy E. Snow Abuses at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq confront us with the question of how seemingly ordinary soldiers could have perpetrated harms against prisoners. In this essay I argue that a Stoic approach to the virtues can provide a bulwark against the social and personal forces that can lead to abusive...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: nick stock
  • Responsibility and the Brain Sciences (2009)

    Felipe De Brigard, Eric Mandelbaum, David Ripley Some theorists think that the more we get to know about the neural underpinnings of our behaviors, the less likely we will be to hold people responsible for their actions. This intuition has driven some to suspect that as neuroscience gains insight into...
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  • Moral Testimony and Moral Epistomology (2009)

    Alison Hill I am going to defend pessimism about moral testimony; that is, I am going to argue that there are circumstances in which you have no reason to trust moral testimony (in fact, you have reason not to put your trust in it), even if your interlocutor is reliable and trustworthy regarding the...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: nick stock
  • What’s in a name? Subliminally activating trusting behavior (2009)

    Li Huang , J. Keith Murnighan Because the choice to trust is inherently risky, people naturally assess others’ trustworthiness before they engage in trusting actions. The research reported here suggests that the trust development process may start before the conscious assessment of trustworthiness, via...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: nick stock
  • Emotional expression of capacity and trustworthiness in humor and in social dilemmas (2009)

    Norman P. Li, and Daniel Balliet Humor and social dilemmas are two disparate areas that have been linked to emotions. However, they tend to have been studied apart from considerations of emotion and emotional expression. We provide an overview of how such areas might be illuminated by Vigil's socio...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: nick stock
  • The False Enforcement of Unpopular Norms (2009)

    Robb Willer, Ko Kuwabara, Michael W. Macy Prevailing theory assumes that people enforce norms in order to pressure others to act in ways that they approve. Yet there are numerous examples of “unpopular norms” in which people compel each other to do things that they privately disapprove. While peer sanctioning...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: nick stock
  • Why is Cheating Wrong? (2009)

    By Mathieu Bouville "Since cheating is obviously wrong, arguments against it (it provides an unfair advantage, it hinders learning) need only be mentioned in passing. But the argument of unfair advantage absurdly takes education to be essentially a race of all against all; moreover, it ignores that...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: ajstasic
  • Against Moral Character Evaluations: The Undetectability of Virtue and Vice (2009)

    By Peter B. M. Vranas " I defend the epistemic thesis that evaluations of people in terms of their moral character as good, bad, or intermediate are almost always epistemically unjustified. (1) Because most people are fragmented (they would behave deplorably in many and admirably in many other situations...
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