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Posted inEthics and Morality, Politics

Being Honest with your Moral Consequentialism: Single Issues and Trump Support

Reading Time: 3 minutes We’re almost there, so a few more political pieces to go… Trump supporters must really be careful now. He has moved into such open lying in his rallies and messaging now that he is swimming in conspiracy theories and nonsense. It’s dangerous. As I have said in many pieces, support for him amongst intelligent people […]

Posted inEthics and Morality, Politics

What’s Good

Reading Time: 3 minutes Here is another guest post, this time from Martin Zeichner. Thanks muchly to him. Today’s lesson, whether in terms of politicians or the police, is “Do as I do”: Ascertaining what it takes to be a good person has long been a subject of philosophical writing. A great deal of ink and uncountable photons have […]

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Evangelical Christianity, the GOP, Morality and Cognitive Dissonance

Reading Time: 7 minutes Cognitive Dissonance: The term cognitive dissonance is used to describe the mental discomfort that results from holding two conflicting beliefs, values, or attitudes. People tend to seek consistency in their attitudes and perceptions, so this conflict causes feelings of unease or discomfort. This inconsistency between what people believe and how they behave motivates people to engage in actions that […]

Posted inEthics and Morality

What Makes a Person Good or Decent?

Reading Time: 3 minutes This is a guest post from Cynthia, a little muse to get you thinking over your cup of tea, of coffee, as to what denotes “good” behaviour in society, as to whether conformity is a driving factor. Thanks to her, and here it is: There’s a quote that often gets passed around in atheist circles: […]

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Statues, The Sorites Paradox & Slippery Slopes

Reading Time: 12 minutes It’s my favourite philosophical thought experiment. There is a reason that I find the Sorites Paradox compelling, insightful and very important: it is everywhere and has ramifications right across the board. I’ll get onto it later. In my opinion, it goes hand in hand with conceptual nominalism – the belief that universals and abstract ideas […]

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Pearced Off! #3 – God Is a Consequentialist

Reading Time: < 1 minute I am running a series of the old podcast segments from my Pearced Off! section of the Skepticule Podcast (a British skepticism-based podcast now on hiatus) that I used to contribute to. Some of the earlier ones have some quieter audio. Apologies. They run at around ten minutes. Something to keep you company outside of Netflix and the news… […]

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