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Why vegetarians should be prepared to bend their own rules | Aeon Ideas
Did not even mention how wasteful and dishonorable it would be to waste the meat of the animal that had already died to be our food. Disappointing.
vegetarianism  veganism  isms  diet  morality  ethics 
august 2017 by kme
Sokal affair - Wikipedia
In an interview on the U.S. radio program All Things Considered, Sokal said he was inspired to submit the bogus article after reading Higher Superstition (1994), in which authors Paul R. Gross and Norman Levitt claim that some humanities journals would publish anything as long as it had "the proper leftist thought" and quoted (or was written by) well-known leftist thinkers.[6][7]
science  publication  ethics  fakescience 
february 2017 by kme
Murder in virtual reality should be illegal | Aeon Ideas
It’s a small step from here to truly inhabiting the body of another person in VR. But the consequences of such complete identification are unknown, as the German philosopher Thomas Metzinger has warned. There is the risk that virtual embodiment could bring on psychosis in those who are vulnerable to it, or create a sense of alienation from their real bodies when they return to them after a long absence. People in virtual environments tend to conform to the expectations of their avatar, Metzinger says. A study by Stanford researchers in 2007 dubbed this ‘the Proteus effect’: they found that people who had more attractive virtual characters were more willing to be intimate with other people, while those assigned taller avatars were more confident and aggressive in negotiations. There’s a risk that this behaviour, developed in the virtual realm, could bleed over into the real one.
gaming  vr  violence  film  ethics 
november 2016 by kme
Are Academics Crowding Out Ethics? - The Atlantic
My old junior high school, for example, had a program where a fund was set aside for movies shown at lunch time. But for every act of vandalism, the cost of fixing it was deducted from the fun. And such acts and their costs were announced in home room the day after it happened. That incentive structure made vandalism much more an attack on the student body, rather than merely the creation of a mess that “somebody else” would have to clean up.

Philosophical disquisitions upon the foundations of morality have no legitimate place in the school-room, as every well-instructed teacher will admit. … Moral instruction, to be effective, must be spontaneous and free, and skillfully adapted to cases as they arise. The best teachers, as a general rule, will have the shortest code of laws, if indeed they have any code at all.
ethics  teaching 
august 2016 by kme
How being awesome became the great imperative of our...
The person widely credited with inventing the high-five is Glenn Burke (1952-1995) – an African-American baseball player and gay trailblazer. On 2 October 1977 at Dodger Stadium, Dusty Baker had just hit his 30th home run of the season. Burke was up to bat next, and when Baker approached home plate, Burke was waiting to greet him. ‘His hand was up in the air, and he was arching way back,’ Baker recalls. ‘So I reached up and hit his hand. It seemed like the thing to do.’ Burke immediately went up to bat and proceeded to hit his first Major League home run. When he made his way around the bases and rounded home plate, Baker was standing there with his hand up high.
awesome  ethics  culture 
february 2016 by kme
ethics - Is reusing old code for a new assignment considered self plagiarism? How to protect yourself if you consider it to be, and a group partner does not? - Academia Stack Exchange
If you want to make the argument that you won't learn anything if it's already done and implemented, I could understand that. The problem is that you've dug in your heels on making this an ethical issue when that's at best questionable, and to be frank, if you used the language you've used about your partner with me, you'd likely poison our working relationship as well.
ethics  groupprojects  collaboration  plagiarism 
november 2015 by kme
Stealing From The Company
"Stealing from the company" is a phrase some employers (Wal-Mart is often alleged to use this phrase) use to describe any of the following behaviors:

Work on anything other than the assigned task(s) on company time (excluding the 15-minute breaks hourly employees in the US are required to be given)
Giving less than 100% effort while on the clock
Disagreeing with them about WhoOwnsYourMind

Sometimes, this phrase is used for FullTimeExempt employees--a bit curious, as part of the definition of FullTimeExempt is (should be?) that the employee manages his/her own time.

I manage a small US technology company. I have an system to avoid the StealingFromTheCompany anti-pattern. It starts with recognizing that employees have other things to do in addition to work and those things don't all fit neatly into non-work hours. So I tell my employees to figure out what work hours make them productive. (Productivity is a little subjective. When they do things I like, I tell them what I like about it and to do more things like it. When they do things I dislike, I tell them why and ask them to do less of it.) I tell them to shop on-line during using the company provided Internet, to call their families on our long distance bill, to show up late if they had a flash of brilliance and worked late the night before, to take a three-hour lunch when their daughter has a school event, to leave work early if they think their work would benefit from an afternoon of biking. I also tell them to buy themselves comfortable chairs and expense them and I tell them the company will pay for books they are willing to read. We have a nap room for sleeping on the job. The result is fierce loyalty, pride, hard work, and good productivity. The odd thing is, this is a very easy approach to manage because no one wants to lose this kind of job. --CharlieMitchell
business  ethics  programming  motivation 
october 2015 by kme
Why the public apology is a tool of the powerful – Nick Smith – Aeon
Which leaves us with the central question about apologies and public well-being: if I grow richer from harming you, if I never have to accept personal blame, and if liability insurance covers the costs associated with apologetic redress, what lesson have I – and my fellow executives – learnt?
ethics  society  justice  apology 
november 2014 by kme
The Drowning Child and the Expanding Circle, by Peter Singer
Today the assertion that life is meaningless no longer comes from existentialist philosophers who treat it as a shocking discovery: it comes from bored adolescents for whom it is a truism. Perhaps it is the central place of self-interest, and the way in which we conceive of our own interest, that is to blame here.
ethics  altruism  meaningfulness  poverty  essay 
march 2014 by kme
Trust, but verify - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The original Russian proverb is a short rhyme which states, Доверяй, но проверяй (doveryai, no proveryai).
proverb  russian  ethics 
april 2013 by kme

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