A very bad wizard: morality behind the curtain

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Believer Books, Sep 1, 2009 - Philosophy - 239 pages
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Do we have free will? What counts as justice in the Peruvian Amazon? Is Catherine Zeta-Jones objectively hotter than Drew Barrymore? These are just a few of the questions that philosopher Tamler Sommers attempts to answer in far-spanning interviews with ten acclaimed researchers in the burgeoning field of moral psychology. Philip Zimbardo talks about his famous ?Stanford Prison Experiment? and how it relates to abuses of Abu Ghraib. Harvard neuroscientist Josh Greene reports on the ways our brains react to ethical dilemmas. Jonathan Haidt explains why we object to incest and how that relates to disagreements between conservatives and liberals. Renowned Primatologist Frans de Waal juxtaposes human behavior with that of the bonobo (a species he terms the "hippie ape.") And much more. A Very Bad Wizard is essential reading for anyone curious about the origins and inner workings of our moral lives.

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Review: A Very Bad Wizard: Morality Behind the Curtain (Believer Books)

User Review  - Timothy McNeil - Goodreads

I am not only open to having my beliefs challenged, I welcome it. And Tamler Sommers (along with most of the interview subjects) wholeheartedly reject my mildly informed understanding of not only ... Read full review

Review: A Very Bad Wizard: Morality Behind the Curtain (Believer Books)

User Review  - Darnell - Goodreads

Quality depends entirely on the scholar being interviewed. Some chapters were fascinating or challenging while others were little more than large sets of assumptions about morality. Read full review

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