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At a gut level

Do Emotions and Morality Mix?

Daily life is peppered with moral decisions. Some are so automatic that they fail to register—like holding the door for a mother struggling with a stroller, or resisting a passing urge to elbow the guy who cut you in line at Starbucks. 56 more words

Behavioral Economics

Realism—the Base of Thomism

When you count the numbers of fingers on your hand, you’re taking part in, whether you realize it or not, the greatest philosophic tradition ever conceived; by counting your fingers, you assert that you can assess reality—in other words, you assert that you can know, and when you’re finished counting you can say that, at least in regards to the number of fingers on your hand, you do know. 1,155 more words


Pinker on moral realism

I’ve recently read an old opinion piece by Steven Pinker (http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/13/magazine/13Psychology-t.html).

It’s a brilliant article. It summarizes current trends on the scientific study of morality. 1,140 more words

A Sense Of Justice

Hear me, you lost one!
I am the planet eater
He who swallows the whole world
To let you wallow in my mud 635 more words


Is tipping unfair?

Most Americans Aren’t Ready to Give Up Tipping

Last year, the New York restaurateur Danny Meyer announced he’d be eliminating tipping at 14 of his restaurants by the end of 2016, affecting most of his 1,800 employees’ compensation. 63 more words

Behavioral Economics

In Which Ozy Engages In Language Policing

The misuse of certain words in the rationalist community drives me up the fucking wall, and so in this post I shall explain the correct usages. 337 more words

Ozy Blog Post

"A few centuries earlier... they still connected thinking with doing and were prepared to alter their way of life as the result of a chain of reasoning."

The above quote opens the insightful observations of human behavior in The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. Chapter one intrigues the intellectual and academic believer. Screwtape argues that sincere intellectual thought will increase one’s commitment to faith. 848 more words