The Animal-Lover's Dilemma: I Don't Eat Meat, but My Pet Does

When moral philosopher Gary Steiner first adopted his cat Pindar, the vet advised him to put the cat to sleep. A rescue animal, Pindar had tested positive for FIV (feline AIDS) and feline leukemia, and has since developed other chronic health issues, including kidney disease. Steiner decided to keep Pindar, triggering… »7/31/15 3:31pm7/31/15 3:31pm

Can We Ensure That Our First Encounter With Alien Life Is Ethical?

In April, NASA Chief scientist Ellen Stofan predicted we would “have strong indications of life beyond Earth within a decade,” and “definitive evidence within 20 to 30 years.” Assuming this timeline is correct, how do we ensure the life we encounter—which astrobiologists predict will be non-sentient—will be respected? »6/18/15 4:40pm6/18/15 4:40pm

These Prank Videos Prove That Human Nature Is Inherently Terrible

There are debates about the basic nature of humanity that have been raging for millennia. Are we decent? Are we nasty and brutish? These ontological questions can never be settled — unless you have hidden cameras and access to Youtube, that is. Then those questions can be settled easily, with video pranks. And the… »5/07/15 7:00pm5/07/15 7:00pm

A Mind-Blowing Explanation Of Existentialism In The Terminator Films

It's no accident that Sarah Connor's famous dictum that there is "No fate but what we make" closely resembles Jean-Paul Sartre's first principle of existentialism, that "Man is nothing else but that which he makes of himself." As philosophy grad student Ro Smith explains in the above video (and accompanying essay),… »12/15/14 8:30pm12/15/14 8:30pm