Tag Archives: ethics

Atheism Rebranded: New T-Shirts for a Secular Mainstream

During the Bush years, patriotism came to describe the perfect union of Christianity and enthusiasm for foreign wars.  A Gallup poll from 2007, at the height of the Iraq War’s unpopularity, showed that while the majority of those who claimed “no religious preference” opposed the war, the majority of protestants still supported it. A more […]

‘Disimprovement’: Why the Curious Case of a Missing Antonym Could Lead to a New Theory of the Universe

By Amien Essif After poking around in a thesaurus for a while, I found a mysterious hole in the English language. There is no satisfying antonym for “improve.” At first it seemed like momentary amnesia on my part and I was looking forward to a Roget’s epiphany when, to my surprise, the thesaurus confirmed my […]

How Does an Anti-Consumerist Pack for Adventure?

By Amien Essif There is an ethical dilemma stuffed in with every backpacker’s provisions, a fact I discovered on a particular excursion in the Smoky Mountains. During an overnight hike in the spring, my friend and I shared a shelter with a trio of thirtysomethings who were apparently hiking the Appalachian Trail, and as I […]

The Milgram Experiment Is Destined to Repeat Itself Forever

New research on the effects of violent video games, reports the New York Times, has shown that playing Mortal Kombat for fifteen minutes made subjects more “aggressive.” But how did they record that? Recall that in the early 1960s Stanley Milgram’s notorious experiment tested the human willingness to torture people with electric shock when under […]