May 2016

The Moral Lives of Animals

This week our show is about The Moral Lives of Animals. We’re asking whether non-human animals could ever be moral. Can they possess moral virtues, like altruism or empathy, or act according to moral principles, like fairness or justice?

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Altered States of Consciousness

It’s not that difficult to alter your consciousness. You might start your day with a stimulating cup of coffee, or end it with a relaxing cocktail. Even without imbibing any substances, you can alter your consciousness by doing various activities, like yoga, meditation, or with a simple walk in the woods. But if you really want a powerful, fast, and direct way to get into a radically altered state, try taking a mind-altering drug, like LSD, peyote, or ayahuasca.

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Lessons from the Trolley Problem

This week's topic:  Lessons from the Trolley Problem -- When Is It Wrong  to Save a Life?

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Affirmative Action – Too Little or Too Much?

 

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