Category Archives: Philosophy

The consequences of loyalty

When rules and consequences clash, we had better weigh up carefully what matters most When a pandemic is wreaking havoc, and many hundreds of people are killed by a virus every day, it is important that the population as a … Continue reading

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On viruses and trolleys

(featured image: NIAID CC BY and withvengeance86 CC BY) We can catch a virus on a trolley, but there is another connection – or why we sometimes must think the unthinkable The coronavirus, in the meantime rechristened COVID-19 by the … Continue reading

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Festive (behavioural) conversation tips

(featured image: Michael L CC BY) How to avoid awkward silences and uncivilized exchanges around the festive table Chances are that you will either be hosting, or a guest at, a mega dinner party in the next few days. Yes, … Continue reading

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Brexit, a multitude of decision-making case studies

Whether you think Brexit is a good thing or a bad thing, the process so far is a catalogue of spectacularly poor decisions. What can we learn from them? “Life is journey, not a destination”, a widely misattributed quote goes. … Continue reading

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When in doubt… do something, or do nothing?

(credit: Esa L CC BY) When we’re not sure, our biases guide our choices… but which ones? Imagine you’re the goal keeper of a great football team in a championship final. The game is nearly over and your side is … Continue reading

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How effective is your altruism?

(featured image credit: Yukiko Matsuoka CC/BY) We cannot escape profound, inevitable trade-offs when it comes to how we use our resources – including when we give them away.  Next time you pay for your groceries at the supermarket, have a look … 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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