Category Archives: Morality

Morality v. Pragmatism

The question of ethics comes up a lot in regards to cryptography. At its core, things tend to only require encryption if, for some reason, someone doesn’t want them seen. More often than not people do not mind others seeing their good, moral deeds. What’s interesting about the Zimmerman deciphering is that the morals in […] Continue reading

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Übermensch and Unterseeboots

Who has the right to say how much lives are worth? Could allowing for the death of the few to save many be moral? Do the ends just have to justify the means in order to commit crime?* Admiral Hall definitely thought so. He thought the protection of his knowledge of the decipherment of the […] Continue reading

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What Do We Sacrifice For “Perfection”?

It looked like any other hospital waiting room. Well, any other hospital waiting room in the year 2050. I’ve been told that you weren’t kept behind bars like a common criminal. I’ve been told the doors didn’t always have locks on the outside. Hell, I’ve even been told the rooms had chairs to sit in. […] Continue reading

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What does it mean to be human?

“If you prick us, do we not bleed? if you tickle us, do we not laugh? if you poison us, do we not die? and if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?” The 1982 film Blade Runner is a science fiction classic for a reason. It is a stylishly made noir film that is not afraid to get philosophical. […] Continue reading

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“Right-handed guys…”

“…don’t hold it with their left.” This scene from the very end of the movie, depicts Vincent taking a final urine test just after he believes he has been the system and is headed into space. Realizing what this urine test means for his fate, not only for space travel but also as a member […] Continue reading

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God and ethics in Dr. Moreau

As scientists push the boundaries of genetics, society faces ever more ethical questions.  Well before any of our modern ideas about genetics came about, however, there was H.G. Wells, who gave us a look at tampering with nature in his The Island of Dr. Moreau. The titular doctor, though not a geneticist, creates chimeras through extensive […] Continue reading

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Why getting rid of “bad” is bad

B4: Ironically, altruism can be a pretty contentious term.  In fields ranging from philosophy to biology to economics, people have very different perceptions regarding the origins and motivations of selfless behavior.  Regardless, altruism is almost universally esteemed in our society; actions exhibiting an “unselfish regard for or devotion to the welfare of others,” as Merriam-Webster […] Continue reading

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Shapin’s Science: Virtue and Science

Perhaps one of the greatest impediments to scientific advancement is the question of morality and virtue, especially concerning the commercial value of the growth of scientific technology. Erin Pellarin examines this in the blog post below, but she brings up additional questions of monetary gain; how exactly does money fit into the discussion of virtue […] Continue reading

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