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Arrested development: How brain damage impairs moral judgment

Would you lie on your income tax return to save money for your struggling family? Moral judgment calls like this one help weave the...

Suicide widely deemed immoral because it ‘taints the soul’

Suicide is a major public health issue; it takes the lives of more than a million people each year. It is also widely believed...

Money may corrupt, but thinking about time can strengthen morality

Priming people to think about money makes them more likely to cheat, but priming them to think about time seems to strengthen their moral...

People attribute minds to robots, corpses that are targets of harm

As Descartes famously noted, there's no way to really know that another person has a mind — every mind we observe is, in a...

Are doing harm and allowing harm equivalent? Ask fMRI

People typically say they are invoking an ethical principle when they judge acts that cause harm more harshly than willful inaction that allows that same harm to occur. That difference is even codified in crimin...

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