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Veganism Is The Future

Veganism as coined by Donald Watson in England in 1944 ~ A philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude – as far as is possible and practical - all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals and the environment. 230 more words

Fears of manipulation oversell behavioral finance’s capabilities

Manipulated: The rise of behavioral finance

It’s hard to find a place today where concepts of behavioral finance aren’t being applied to real-world situations. From London to Washington to Sydney, governments are experimenting with the psychology of decision-making and trying to “nudge” citizens toward better behaviors, whether that means saving more for retirement or signing an organ donation card. 59 more words

Behavioral Economics

On “the assertion that the entire concept of “good and bad” is inherently unscientific, or perhaps arbitrary/anecdotal.”

Inspired by First Author’s Note from Physical Ethics

“Morality” in human beings is primarily implemented through emotions, sensations and urges (ESU). Even so-called “rational” morality is necessarily grounded in and motivated either by personal ESU or a societal consensus based upon each individual’s ESU. 456 more words

Science Of Morality

No, They Don't Deserve It

I just got blocked from the page of a Vegan “friend” because I tried to explain why posting angry, hate-filled posts about non-Vegans makes non-Vegans want nothing to do with Veganism. 432 more words


Firstly, all my native dear fellas who dream that there exist some “cool paradises” where open people of their own will live in tall skyscrapers, I’m sorry but it’s time that I’d like to tell you the reality which you might take as long to believe in as I did. 288 more words


Bertrand Russell, The Conquest of Happiness (Rationality & Emotion)

…There is an idea that rationality, if allowed free play, will kill all the deeper emotions. This belief appears to me to be due to an entirely erroneous conception of the function of reason in human life. 567 more words


Fig Newton: Lifting Isaac Newton's Fig Leaf

In the continuing phony battle between religion and science, the marvelous contributions of Sir Isaac Newton are often brought in on the atheist side. I say “the atheist side” because popular discussions of science/evolution quickly devolve into arguments about theology (atheology?) 421 more words