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  • Being Morally Strong Makes You Physically Strong

    By Richard Alleyne "Researchers found that "do-gooders" appear to be naturally stronger than their counterparts and that an act of heroism can actually improve your overall stamina.The findings turn upside down the idea that being altruistic can be detrimental to your own advancement.They...
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  • Science Can Answer Moral Questions

    By Sam Harris "Questions of good and evil, right and wrong are commonly thought unanswerable by science. But Sam Harris argues that science can -- and should -- be an authority on moral issues, shaping human values and setting out what constitutes a good life." In this video, Sam Harris discusses...
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  • Literary Critics Scan the Brain to Find Out Why We Love to Read

    By Paul Harris and Alison Flood "It is the cutting edge of literary studies, a rapidly expanding field that is blending scientific processes with the study of literature and other forms of fiction. Some have dubbed it "the science of reading" and it is shaking up one of the most esoteric...
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  • Religion and the Science of Virtue

    By Mark Vernon from Gaurdian. "There is an intimate link between religion and morality. It's not fashionable to say so: many argue that talk of a link – and talk is all it is – should be stopped. After all, individuals can clearly be good without God, and religious individuals hardly stand much...
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  • Are Sperm Donors Really Anonymous Anymore?

    By Rachel Lehmann-Haupt from Slate . "The sperm bank protected his anonymity, just as it promised. But that did not mean he couldn't be found. In an age of sophisticated genetic testing, the concept of anonymity is rapidly fading. With some clever sleuthing—tests that can track down ancestral...
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  • Can Battlefield Robots Take the Place of Soldiers?

    By Chris Bowlby from BBC News. "Can war be fought by lots of well-behaved machines, making it "safer for humans"? That is the seductive vision, and hope, of those manufacturing and researching the future of military robotics." Read the article. Photo from Flickr Creative Commons.
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  • The Virtue Behind the Science

    By Tysan Lerner from The Epoch Times. "When Benjamin Franklin was 20 years old he began documenting when he would fail to behave according to the standard he had set for himself. These standards were comprised of 13 virtues. He carried out the practice of documenting his behavior for the rest of...
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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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  • Scholars will use two-fold definition of science to better understand human virtue

    Source: The University of Chicago Chronicle Using a $4.2 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation, University scholars are seeking intellectual contributions from scientists and humanists for an interdisciplinary project on virtue. Project leader Jean Bethke Elshtain, the Laura Spelman Rockefeller...
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