Posted inEthics and Morality

What makes a ‘bad’ human being?

Reading Time: 7 minutes On Wednesday night, I was robbed at gunpoint—an efficient affair, and my second time since moving to Colombia in 2018. Both times, I’d made the mistake of relaxing my guard because there were others around me; this time, I was on my home turf, a block from my building, with neighbours strolling ahead of and […]

Posted inEthics and Morality, Politics, Psychology

Religion, Psychology & Morality: Most People Aren’t Very Nice

Reading Time: 5 minutes I’ve come to the conclusion that, after many long years of thinking and experiencing, rather more often than originally suspected, people aren’t very nice. Let me see if I can qualify this. Most people are quite nice. They are nice enough to those around them: their family and their friends and people like them. We […]

Posted inGeneral, Politics, Psychology

A moral-political discontinuity

Reading Time: 5 minutes This post is the first in what will be another intermittent series, this time looking at politics more specifically, as opposed to, but starting off from, my intermittent series on my model of human values and morality. What beliefs unite Conservatives? I have been accused on a few occasions of not understanding what I oppose […]

Posted inEthics and Morality, Politics, Psychology

Duval on Moral Epistemology, pt. 3.2: Conservatives and Corporal Punishment  

Reading Time: 9 minutes Following on from my last post, wherein I noted the demographics of American Conservatism’s core, and picking up on a thread that was introduced with attachment and religious affiliation, I will now look at the seemingly close, yet indirect relationship between Evangelicalism and corporal punishment. Most Born-Again Christians (predominantly Evangelicals) agree that spanking is an […]

Posted inEthics and Morality, Politics, Psychology

Duval on Moral Epistemology, pt. 2: learning under parental supervision

Reading Time: 15 minutes In the previous installment, I detailed how a stimulus might pass through some or all of the values on the circumplex whilst being assessed. I showed that the hallmarks of natural conservative thought make an appearance in all social undertakings, and thus must form a part of liberal thought and be a necessary part of […]

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