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Morality and Decision Making
Reasoning and judgements are a mainstay of the human condition. It is thought by some people to be what sets man aside from other animals. How humans form their judgments is extremely complex, and is filled with interactions of many parts of our phsical and psychological self.
This section is meant to look at various aspects of this very intriguing subject.
There is an excellent series of 12 lectures called Justice, which examine the way people think about various issues. The lectures are about an hour each, and on both Youtube and Youku.
Michael Snadel of Harvard University presents the series:
Justice What's The Right Thing To Do?
Delanceyplace is a brief daily email with an excerpt or quote we view as interesting or noteworthy, offered with commentary to provide context. There is no theme, except that most excerpts will come from a non-fiction work, mainly works of history, and we hope will have a more universal relevance than simply the subject of the book from which they came
In today's encore excerpt - Jonah Lehrer proposes that morality is a form of decision-making, and is based on emotions, not logic:
Philosophical Contemplations on Morality