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How Glenn Greenwald Explains Privacy to Those Who Claim Indifference Toward Government Surveillance

Many people tell the journalist they don’t care about the NSA snooping through their data, but he has a great response; the language you speak may have an effect on your moral choices; meanwhile, the future of books in the digital age remains uncertain. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jun 25, 2014 READ MORE



Moral Rights and Wrongs May Depend on Your Geographic Location

A Pew study reveals that people in disparate parts of the world responded differently to moral issues; an essential vitamin is found in meteorites; meanwhile, scientists have succeeded in cloning adult stem cells. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Apr 22, 2014 READ MORE


Stephen Colbert’s News Flash: You’re Going to Die Someday

Now, according to the late night show host, you can know the exact second you will perish.

Posted on Jan 23, 2014 READ MORE



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Google’s ‘Don’t Be Evil’ Slogan Is a Load of Hooey—or Is It?

The Internet giant has had its hand in quite a few immoralities as of late, even though the company once claimed to be founded on the principle of “good” and the avoidance of “evil.” Was it all just a lie, or does “evil” simply mean something entirely different to Google? Author and game designer Ian Bogost has some alarming ideas on the subject. 

Posted on Oct 15, 2013 READ MORE



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The Morality Brigade

We’re still legislating and regulating private morality, while ignoring the much larger crisis of public morality in America.

Posted on Mar 25, 2013 READ MORE



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Why the United States Is Destroying Its Education System

We spurn real teachers—those with the capacity to inspire—and replace them with instructors who teach to narrow, standardized tests. These instructors obey. They teach children to obey. And that is the point.

Posted on Apr 11, 2011 READ MORE


Countering the Usurpers

I’ve been bristling recently at conservatives’ dual hijacking: morality and the Constitution as the domain of small-government conservatives. I’d like them back.

Posted on Feb 3, 2011 READ MORE


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Sam Harris: ‘The Separation Between Science and Human Values Is an Illusion’

We were a little slow on the uptake when it came to finding this TED talk that author and Truthdig contributor Sam Harris gave this past winter, but it’s definitely worth a belated look, or even a second look, as the case may be.

Posted on Apr 5, 2010 READ MORE


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China at Odds With WTO Over Media Import Rules

It’s not the first time that objections have been raised over the kinds of values promoted, whether explicitly or implicitly, by media products hailing from the general vicinity of Hollywood, but this time the issue concerns a whole country taking on a major international commercial coalition: China and the World Trade Organization, respectively.

Posted on Sep 22, 2009 READ MORE


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Not With a Bang but a Twitter

Can plugging into online social networks via Twitter or Facebook lead to some kind of computer-aided moral decline en masse? A study out of the University of Southern California’s Brain and Creativity Institute seems to suggest that this may be an imminent side effect of living in information-overloaded societies.

Posted on Apr 14, 2009 READ MORE


South Africa Prepares for World Cup, Prostitution

A plan to legalize sex work in time for South Africa’s 2010 World Cup has many in the country upset. While supporters believe criminalization puts women in harm’s way, religious groups and others argue that “family values” trump the interests of both the national economy and individual workers.

Posted on Jul 16, 2008 READ MORE


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Jesse Jackson Backpedals on Obama Comment

The Rev. Jesse Jackson quickly switched to damage-control mode Wednesday after Fox News picked up a “crude” and “private” comment that Jackson made about Barack Obama when he thought wasn’t being recorded. Multiple updates.

Posted on Jul 9, 2008 READ MORE


Hold the Religious Accountable for Their Beliefs

A prominent Slovenian-born atheist, surveying the violence done in the name of Islam, argues in the N.Y. Times that we should submit Islam, along with all other religions, to a “respectful, but for that reason no less ruthless, critical analysis. This, and only this, is the way to show a true respect for Muslims: to treat them as serious adults responsible for their beliefs.”

Posted on Mar 12, 2006 READ MORE


The Wonderful World of Outsourced Torture

The more we learn of the Bush administration’s pervasive outsourcing of torture, the more sensible it seems as a policy. Evidently, our intelligence people, tainted as they are by the squeamish morality of Western civilization, are just not fully up to the task of getting prisoners to tell us what the administration wants us to hear.

Posted on Dec 14, 2005 READ MORE


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