Category Archives: Ethics

Organ donation in da nation

(featured image: Engin_Aykurt) Enough with the nudging already – why not simply pay people to donate their organs? One of my earliest childhood memories is hearing on the radio about an operation performed by Dr Christiaan Barnard at the Groote Schuur … Continue reading

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Inescapable philosophy?

(featured image credit: Thor Edvardsen) Do we need philosophy to fully understand and explain our behaviour? (I am going to make a quick assumption here about your honesty.) How come you never engage in something like shoplifting? Surely doing so is … Continue reading

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Is it our business?

(Image credit: stevepb) Sometimes characteristics of products or services, or of those who sell them, immaterial as they are, can greatly influence our willingness to pay. Should they be any of our business? 500 years ago, on 31 October 1517, Martin … Continue reading

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Selling your soul

(featured image: wikimedia) The trade-offs we don’t want to make (but believe others should) Not much is known with any certainty about Johann Georg Faust. Wikipedia describes him as an alchemist, astrologer and magician, who was born in either 1466 … Continue reading

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A token of appreciation

(featured image credit: Crishna Simmons) About the remarkably behavioural approach supermarkets have taken to buff up their image and engage their customers in the process Companies are learning that being seen to ‘do the right thing’ is good for their brand … Continue reading

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Pricing under pressure

(featured image credit: Alex W) Should morality, rather than the market, dictate the right price of goods and services in emergency situations? In his book Misbehaving, behavioural economist Richard Thaler relates an interesting experiment he conducted with Daniel Kahneman and Jack … Continue reading

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What is your reputation worth?

(featured image credit: Evanherk/Wikimedia) We are very protective of how others see us. How protective, and why? Imagine you said something that you never intended to be or sound racist, but that could easily be interpreted to be blatantly so. You … Continue reading

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