Monthly Archives: November 2020

The Great Christmas trade-off

(featured image: based on an original photo by Maciej326) Do we need to choose between outcomes, or between values, this Christmas? This is the time when, traditionally, ubiquitous is the most fitting term for Slade’s Noddy Holder’s voice, yelling “It’s … Continue reading

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The lure of zero

(featured image: Mondisso via Pixabay) We intuitively understand that, when we want to maximize something that is good for us, there are almost always trade-offs involved. But are we equally astute when we want to minimize something that is bad? … Continue reading

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Choosing trust, trusting our choices

(featured image credit: Savvas Stavrinos) When we elect political leaders, what we really need is to be able to trust them. But how good are we at assessing their trustworthiness? The 2020 US presidential elections will probably be remembered for … Continue reading

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Drama in ethics, ethics in drama

(featured image: eltio_lewis CC BY 2.0) Good drama is about the vivid, compelling depiction of the characters’ decisions, and the ethical challenges that confront the dramatis personae are an essential ingredient. “Drama is truly compelling when it exposes the raw, … Continue reading

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