Category Archives: Morality

Rules vs instincts

(featured image credit: Gary J. Wood) Economic and social forces condition our behaviour in traffic – and not always for the best “Get out of my way!” If you’re a driver, this phrase has probably crossed your lips (and if not … Continue reading

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Influence from beyond the grave

(featured image credit: MemoryCatcher) How our relationship with a dead person guides the choices we make Have a look around you, and pick the first object that your eye catches. How much is it worth, would you say? Maybe you’re trying … Continue reading

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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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Good drama = good economics

Drama is truly compelling when it exposes the raw, painful trade-offs its characters face When the term economics is used in relation to drama, what springs to mind is the financing and the box office takings of a film, or … Continue reading

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Democracy’s feet of clay

Do people make good choices when they vote? *Can* they? How come most of us, most of the time, don’t do crazy things? We make hundreds of decisions every day – lots of small ones, and once in a while … 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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Social norms and sexual misconduct

(featured image credit: geralt) If how we behave is motivated and moderated by what is socially desirable and acceptable, how can this be squared with the unending stream of allegations of inappropriate behaviour? Social norms influence how we make choices. … Continue reading

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