We have seen the future, and it sucks.


29th March 2015

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Welcome to YourMorals.org, where you can learn about your own morality, ethics, and/or values, while also contributing to scientific research. We are a group of professors and graduate students in social psychology at the University of Virginia, The University of California (Irvine), and the University of Southern California. (See us here.)

I have my doubts about people who are ostensibly ‘professors and graduate students’ but who apparently fail the grasp the distinction between ‘morals’ (what a community considers good and bad) and ethics (what an individual considers good and bad). No individual, except perhaps a castaway on a desert island, has morals — morals belong to a social group, as the etymology of the word makes clear.

However, I’ve given up expecting precision of either thought or speech out of the modern clerisy, so I suppose this is the best that can be expected.

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