From the Archives: Disgust

About the MMPL Journal Club earlier in the year; first published on my personal blog

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I rode my bike to the station this morning, and when I parked it behind the supermarket there was a bad bad smell coming from the dumpsters.

Now it's raining, and I'm not looking forward to the ride back home. Read more about From the Archives: Disgust

Book Review - 'Quiet: The Power of Introverts'

Review of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain Read more about Book Review - 'Quiet: The Power of Introverts'

Sin-ema: Morality at the Movies - Argo

There were many extreme moral choices that were made in the film: from the initial decision by the Canadian Ambassador to hide the 6 escapees despite the great risk to himself and his family to the top ranks of the CIA getting cold feet and calling off the plan just before its execution (the perceived consequences of failure -an ‘embarrassment to the country’, outweighed the value of success -the lives of the 6 escapees). Read more about Sin-ema: Morality at the Movies - Argo

Moral of the Story: Morality and Literature: The Absolutist

The Absolutist is a story of love, betrayal, and regret. It questions the moral choices of killing during war and shows the almost impossible option of declaring yourself a 'moral absolutist' or refusing to take part in the war efforts.

I love this book for its tragic beauty, for its moral questions, and for its depiction of the dehumanizing effects of war. Read more about Moral of the Story: Morality and Literature: The Absolutist

Moral of the Story: August

August by Bernard Beckett

This thought provoking novel is filled with philosophical uncertainties, debates about free will, and is set in a slightly alternate reality. It is one part science fiction, one part romance, and one part philosophy - all crammed into about 200 pages. Read more about Moral of the Story: August

From the Archives: Creativity

This post is from a MMPL Journal Club meeting earlier in the year, first posted on my PhD blog.

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Before we start: Think of a brick. Now think of the different things you can use a brick for. ALL the different things; write them down.

I am very curious what you wrote. Did you include “pretend coffin at a Barbie funeral”? I think I heard about that example from Simon’s book on the Science of Sin, but I can’t now remember how on earth it was relevant… Read more about From the Archives: Creativity

The Moral of the Story: Moby Dick

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

I’ve been told over and over again that Moby Dick is the greatest American novel, so it was time that I investigated it myself. While it’s true that you have to suffer through detailed and plot-irrelevant facts about whales, whalers, and rope knots, I felt like the humorous tones (or maybe undertones) made it worth the investment – and this tome of a novel was quite an investment of my time and patience. I almost feel like I need to go back and re-read it so I can really appreciate the characters now that I know the parts I can skim over. Read more about The Moral of the Story: Moby Dick

From the Archives: Hypothetically

Another one from "the archives" - that is, my personal blog - back in first semester. 

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Last Friday, Melissa presented an interesting article on the difference between moral judgments (of hypothetical scenarios) and moral behaviour (in "real" scenarios). You can read the full thing here (PDF).

There were a few quite fascinating aspects to this study. Read more about From the Archives: Hypothetically

"Something wrong with our moral code" Tim Flannery on Australia's extinction crisis

Check out this post on the Wheeler Centre's website about Morality and Conservation - Saving our Native Species and Our Moral Code.

http://wheelercentre.com/dailies/post/14a1891706ea/ Read more about "Something wrong with our moral code" Tim Flannery on Australia's extinction crisis

The Moral of the Story: The Feeling of Power

The second of Asimov’s Nine Tomorrows, The Feeling of Power, is much shorter than the first one, and also much funnier. It starts in a future where “computing without a computer is a contradiction in terms”, as one character says: technology has developed and “taken over” to the stage where humans don’t do any calculations of their own. Read more about The Moral of the Story: The Feeling of Power

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