Science

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Immoral Emotions, Intentionality, and Insurrection

We can condemn the violence at the Capitol without also condemning the emotional experiences that precipitated those acts.
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A Strange Moral Disgruntlement with Giving

What constitutes a worthwhile cause? And why do we so harshly judge others for donating to the wrong ones?
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Expertise and the “Building Distrust” of Public Health Agencies

When it comes to public health, is one voice just as good as any other? And what might be the requirements for justified disbelief?
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The Politics of Depression

The growing sense of unease, distress, and exhaustion that many experience is a symptom of a political and social disease.
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Bad Science, Bad Science Reporting

The problems of design and bias within scientific studies are only amplified by the way news outlets choose to frame findings.
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On “Doing Your Own Research”

For many, the pandemic is only further tarnishing science's name. But we need to raise the bar for what does (and does not) constitute research.
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Morality Pills Aren’t Enough

Empathy may not be the only obstacle standing in the way of depoliticizing mask use.
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Who Should Get the Vaccine First?

Our basic equality needs to be respected in processes that determine who gets what.
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Life-Life Tradeoffs in the Midst of a Pandemic

On what basis should we decide where our limited medical resources go? What is just? What is fair? Is any decision unobjectionable?
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Re-evaluating Addiction: The Immoral Moralizing of Alcoholics Anonymous

With no evidence of effectiveness and some troubling threads in its doctrines, AA has a powerful reputation it hasn't earned.