Avoiding another Hiroshima begins with you and me.
How and why do people convince themselves to view others as less than human? Vision reviews David Livingstone Smith’s On Inhumanity: Dehumanization and How to Resist It.
Vision reviews Vexed: Ethics Beyond Political Tribes, in which author James Mumford proposes a way out of the political trenches that today divide the world into “sides.”
What’s the origin of algorithms? And what might their nature tell us about our own nature?
Researchers and policy makers around the world struggle to lead human germ-line editing into the future.
Stanford neuroscientist William B. Hurlbut talks about his dealings with the Chinese researcher who created the world’s first gene-edited babies, and about the implications of that experiment.
We all live in a world of corruption, which sounds like unsupportable and irresponsible hyperbole until one realizes its extent.
Why does a crowd of witnesses so rarely intervene to help a person who is obviously in trouble? And what does it take to be the person who does?
Insight Video: Is it possible to be in politics without becoming tainted by political corruption?
The mining industry may seem an unlikely place to find practical examples of the Golden Rule in action.
Are we really as good as we like to think we are? For that matter, are other people as bad as we tend to think they are?
With the world’s number-one virtual currency so much in the headlines and yet so little understood, it’s a good time to look at its origin, volatile price—and surprising environmental implications.
A passionate proponent of living simply and in harmony with nature, Thoreau is remembered today as a pillar of the modern conservation movement.
We all admire those who live by high moral principles, yet we find excuses for not following suit. Why?
Insight Video: Regardless of the ideals set forth by leaders, humanity has never yet succeeded in preventing violence and war. Is there any solution?
Is anything or anyone wrong anymore? Today it seems that much human wrongdoing is reduced to the accepted fact that everyone makes mistakes.
In this interview, neuroeconomist Paul Zak discusses a possible biological basis for morality and then puts it in the larger context of moral absolutes.
DNA is becoming a second language of sorts because of its most attractive promise: customized, personalized medicine.
As a new generation prepares to face the world, it’s clear that they have taken seriously their parents’ postmodern teachings on morality.
In this interview with Jonathan Glover, which first appeared in the Summer 2001 issue, the British ethics professor addresses the human proclivity for cruelty.