Category Archives: Ethics

Honesty in a box

(featured image credit Tim Green) Acting dishonestly often pays. So does acting honestly go against our own self-interest? Travelling along Britain’s rural roads one doesn’t just encounter octagonal former toll houses (and real tolls). Something else that was unfamiliar to me … Continue reading

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What’s the price?

(featured image: pexels) Internet companies are trying to charge different prices for the same thing depending on who you are. Is that a problem? Prices are a funny concept. We unthinkingly treat them as if they are a physical attribute of … Continue reading

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A tale of two tolls (behavioural economics and ethics edition)

(featured image: S Lowe) Why do we happily pay some tolls, and not others? And how ethical is it to encourage people to take the toll option? On the way back from a few days at the seaside, Google informed us … Continue reading

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It’s a bargain… or is it?

We are happily handing over large amounts of private data to internet giants. How come? And does it matter? Our lives are, in a way, an endless string of trades. Have a look at your latest current account or credit … Continue reading

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The dark side of nudging?

(featured image: socialneuron) Are companies like Uber really into nudging for evil? In a recent New York Times article, the maverick taxi company Uber came under fire for “pulling psychological levers” to influence when and where their drivers work. A company … Continue reading

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Keeping behavioural science on the straight and narrow

As we see behavioural science being applied all around us, we are left with more questions than answers Behavioural science has well and truly left obscurity and entered the mainstream. Governments – if they haven’t already done so – are … Continue reading

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Ethics are not for sale

Don’t use the economic way of thinking for justifying the death penalty What do a car manufacturer, a group of hungry friends, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, the Group Director Safety, Technical and Engineering of the UK’s … Continue reading

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