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Can Babies Distinguish Right From Wrong?

Yale Baby Lab Experiment Implies Babies Understand Fairness and Justice A colleague of mine suggested I look at a You Tube video about experiments conducted by the Baby Lab at Yale University. Why, I asked? He said an experiment shows babies have a moral conscience at ages under 24 months.... Read more →


Are Participation Trophies a Good Thing?

The Role of Internal Motivation in Sports I must admit a bias against the awarding of participation trophies to kids even if they do not win a sports contest. From an ethical perspective it runs the risk of harming one’s internal motivation to work as hard as possible; do you... Read more →


What does America Have in Common With the Roman Empire?

The Lost Art of Civility It’s the time of the year when I reflect on both personal matters and those related to the cause I represent – bringing ethics and civility back to society. There’s a lot to think of with respect to the latter. This is especially true with... Read more →


Is President Trump’s Discourse the Cause of our Uncivil Society?

Whatever Happened to Moral Virtue? Only President Trump’s most ardent supporters would deny that his way of conversing and twitter postings has created an aura of incivility that has spilled over to virtually all aspects of society. He tends to be disrespectful of others especially those that disagree with him.... Read more →


The Philosophy of George Carlin

A Philosophy for Life George Carlin was an inventive stand up comedian and social critic of the late twentieth century. If you grew up laughing at his humor like me, you may not be aware that he had a philosophic viewpoint about life that resonated with many people. Today's blog... Read more →


How We Can Create a More Civil Society

Ethics and Civility Go Hand in Hand I was recently interviewed by both Authority and Thrive magazines about my views on ethics and social media. There is no doubt that social networking opens the door to improper behavior for a variety of reasons not the least of which is the... Read more →


What Should We Do About Student Debt?

Fairness, Personal Responsibility and Moral Hazard Issues This blog was first posted on my Ethics Sage website. I’ve made a few improvements since then. Should student debt be forgiven? If so, how much should be wiped clean? This is a big issue for Democratic Presidential candidates and the country. Bernie... Read more →


Are You An Ethical Writer?

The Do’s and the Don’ts The ethics of being a responsible writer are the same as for any activity. In this post I deal with works of nonfiction. Basic Ethical Standards First, treat the readers the way you would wish to be treated. Most people want what they read to... Read more →


Showing Gratitude Can Enhance Your Well-Being

Regaining Civility in Society I have previously blogged about the decline of civility in society and rampant unethical behavior that has created conflicts everywhere we look. It seems we no longer know how to disagree with each other without being disagreeable. In short, we have lost our moral compass. One... Read more →