Small and easy to overlook, the light switch is a highly charged interface between individuals and technological systems.
Does it matter whether our pleasures are spiritual or carnal, intellectual or stupid? Or are all pleasures pretty much the same?
Our hopes of deliverance from bias are transferred onto algorithmic decision-making systems, which have been broadly implemented across contemporary societies, ostensibly in hopes of making employment, financial, legal and other decisions fairer.
Why some people choose to do evil remains a puzzle, but are we starting to understand how this behavior is triggered?
"I am dynamite!" Nietzsche wrote in "Ecce Homo." Nietzsche, more than any other contemporary thinker, grappled with the draw and the danger of a fiery blaze.
Aztec moral philosophy has profound differences from the Greek tradition, not least its acceptance that nobody is perfect.
Thought eugenics died with the Nazis? Think again: the eugenic program of sterilizing the "unfit" continues even today.
What are the qualities that humans consider perfection in terms of physical fitness, beauty and spirituality?
Underneath all that irreverence and fart jokes is a comeback of sentimentality.
First, cut yourself some slack, you beautiful bastard.
Pet dogs often have a peaceful death that forestalls protracted suffering and pain. Why can't we do the same for humans?
"The present looms too large, and the long, long future... doesn't carry the weight it really should."
As we envision a new era of regenerative medicine, sci-fi-esque scenarios are raising thorny ethical issues. Just how far is society willing to go to solve the shortage crisis?
You're set up to fail, and admitting that is the first step to a good relationship for years to come.
Most of us think of love as a unique experience shared with one special person. But what if, by changing your thinking, you could love anyone?
"There is a genuine selfish argument for making the world a better place."
Human beings are amazingly resilient, a fact that we tend to forget when we're freaking out over worst-case scenarios.
"If a friend is in trouble, our first instinct is rarely to tell them that they are fundamentally a shithead and a failure."
Some advocate for always telling it like it is, but "radical honesty" is not necessarily the honest truth — and it does not affect everyone equally.
Peter Sloterdijk has spent decades railing against the pieties of liberal democracy. Now his ideas seem prophetic.
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