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The Big Idea for Friday, May 09, 2014

Ethics evolve. The principles that we live by today are very different from the ones that our ancient ancestors struggled to figure out. Aren't they?

We humans like to believe that we're above the law of the jungle. Our history has polished us like a stone, or rather sharpened us like a knife? Which is it?

Just a scan of the latest news headlines reveals that we have a long way to go, and that our ethics need further evolving. Better yet, we need to stick to the simple ones we were taught in elementary school. Today's big idea explores the changing world of ethics and how well we as a species are living up to the principles we've come a long way to define.


  1. 1 Art and Ethics
    Big Think Editors Think Tank
  2. 2 Good Business
    Jason Gots Re-Envision
  3. 3 Morality Tales
    Thorsten J. Pattberg Dragons and Pandas
  4. 4 It's Not Just a Joke
    Tauriq Moosa Against the New Taboo


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