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  • What Your Choice of Words Says about Your Personality

    By Jan Dönges | Scientific American "No one doubts that the words we write or speak are an expression of our inner thoughts and personalities. But beyond the meaningful content of language, a wealth of unique insights into an author’s mind are hidden in the style of a text—in such elements as how...
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  • Triumph of the commons: Helping the world to share

    By Mark van Vugt | New Scientist "DO YOU ever get the impression that civilisation has degenerated into an unedifying free-for-all? Like pigs gobbling at their troughs, we all seem to be out to get as much as possible of whatever is on offer. Everyone is at it, from loggers felling the Amazonian...
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  • Truth or Lies

    By Veronique Greenwood "In a famous set of experiments in the 1970s, children were observed trick-or-treating in the suburbs. Some were asked their names and addresses upon arriving at a door, while some were asked nothing. All were instructed to take just one piece of candy from the bowl, but as...
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  • A Crisis of Character

    This recent article in The Huffington Post frames the United States's current economic crisis in terms of a failure of morality and the virtues. "'Character is destiny,' remarked the Greek philosopher Heraclitus in the 6th Century B.C. This observation applies as much to nations as it...
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  • Clark Power emphasizes virtue in education

    The Daily Vidette at Illinois State University reported on an interesting lecture relating to virtue and education. "Clark Power, associate director of the Center for Ethical Education in the Institute for Educational Initiatives and professor of Liberal Studies at the University of Notre Dame,...
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  • VIA Institute on Character Offers a Survey of Character

    The following is a description of the VIA Institute on Character, which offers a survey revealing one's character strengths, among which is virtue. Source: www.viacharacter.org Dr. Christopher Peterson, from the University of Michigan, and one of the most cited psychologists of our time, was brought...
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PUBLICATIONS
  • Beyond the information given: The power of a belief in self-interest (2010)

    Joel H. K. Vuolevi, Paul A. M. Van Lange How do we interpret other's behavior when we lack important pieces of information? Do we give the other the benefit of the doubt, believing that the other behaves in a fair manner? Or do we fill in the blanks with self-interest? To address these questions...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: nick stock
  • Psychological mechanisms underlying support for juvenile sex offender registry laws: prototypes, moral outrage, and perceived threat (2010)

    Jessica M. Salerno, Cynthia J. Najdowski, Margaret C. Stevenson, Tisha R. A. Wiley, Bette L. Bottoms, Roberto Vaca Jr., Pamela S. Pimentel In three studies, we investigated support for applying sex offender registry laws to juveniles. Family law attorneys supported registry laws less for juveniles than...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: nick stock
  • Integrity and Fragmentation (2010)

    John Cottingham The virtue of integrity does not appear explicitly in either the Aristotelian or the Judaeo-Christian list of virtues, but elements of both ethical systems implicitly acknowledge the importance of a unified and integrated life. This paper argues that integrity is indispensible for a good...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: nick stock
  • ADAM SMITH AND THE GREAT MIND FALLACY (2010)

    James R. Otteson Adam Smith raised a series of obstacles to effective large-scale social planning. In this paper, I draw these Smithian obstacles together to construct what I call the “Great Mind Fallacy,” or the belief that there exists some person or persons who can overcome the obstacles Smith raises...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: nick stock
  • Why did I do this?: Understanding leadership behavior through a dynamic five-factor model of leadership (2009)

    Stefan Seiler, Andres C. Pfister Leadership theories referring to complex adaptive system theory (CAS) describe leadership as a dynamic process of interdependent, cooperating agents. However, research on leadership behavior focuses mainly on the leader as an influencing, active agent. This article offers...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: nick stock
  • Biography and Historiography: Mutual Evidentiary and Interdisciplinary Considerations (2009)

    Robert I Rotberg Biography is history, depends on history, and strengthens and enriches history. In turn, all history is biography. History could hardly exist without biographical insights—without the texture of human endeavor that emanates from a full appreciation of human motivation, the real or perceived...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: nick stock
  • Biography as History: A Personal Reflection (2009)

    Stanley Wolpert History has illuminated every field of human endeavor—science as well as the arts—embracing countless modern disciplines, expanding its focus on change over time to comprehend entire nations, cultures, and civilizations, each far more complex than any individual life. But at its best...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: nick stock
  • The Social Dynamics and Durability of Moral Boundaries (2009)

    Keith R. Brown Moral boundaries are often conceptualized as an expression of an individual's identity or belief system. However, social forces greatly influence how and when consumers activate moral boundaries. Utilizing a dramaturgical perspective, this article shows that the activation of moral...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: nick stock
  • Socratic Political Philosophy in Xenophon's Symposium (2009)

    Thomas L. Pangle This interpretative commentary recovers the largely overlooked significance of a work that illuminates, by portraying in a subtle comic drama, the new perspective on existence, the new way of life, that Socrates introduced in and through his founding of political philosophy. The famous...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: nick stock
  • Virtues and Passions in Literature: Excellence, Courage, Engagements, Wisdom, Fulfilment (2009)

    Paradoxically, our human virtues that maintain our societal fabric, emerge from passional grounds/sources in individual existence. It is the Human Condition that prompts our creative strivings beyond the natural round of life toward outstanding achievements. Our full possibilities allow our singular...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: admin
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