Me, Learning Ethics: Capital Punishment

I imagine that my position on this subject is influenced by the fact that I believe everyone deserves a handful of chances to right any wrong, but some wrongs are just that wrong that complete elimination is preferable. Some people are capable of being thoroughly evil—the kind that goes beyond the grey area that I [...]

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Me, Learning Psychology: Classical Conditioning

Classical conditioning is, basically, the act of being trained. This isn't just for house pets. Almost every person is a participant—one could even say victim. There are countless examples of social conditioning, which is the sociological version of classical conditioning. Realistically, there is no way to avoid it because it happens naturally when living in [...]

Me, Learning Ethics: Abortion

This was actually a difficult subject to read about, especially when the arguments in favor were longer. I remember consuming some Jägermeister in order to get through those paragraphs. You see, it is difficult for me to consider humans and people to be different. Some of the information was frigid, as well. Fortunately, no one was [...]

Me, Learning Ethics: Kantian Ethics and Deontology

I had to compare Kantian Ethics to other theories. It seems that it is regularly compared to Utilitarianism. Without reading much of the details, I thought I would prefer Kant's view, but I did change my mind later on. I would say that Utilitarians are somewhat wrong in considering pleasure and consequences to be the [...]

Me, Learning Ethics: Starvation

I find this a fitting subject, considering the fact that I did just happen to gorge myself this whole weekend. The fresh scent of gluttony lingers upon me. I do think it should be a moral obligation to help those who are starving or less fortunate in any way. It seems like Peter Singer has [...]

Me, Learning Ethics: Animal Rights

As far as I know, animal rights were not a popular topic until the middle of the last century. Nowadays, it seems like everyone is a vegetarian or vegan (realistically the percentages are less than 10% for most countries--it varies, and it depends on the source of the statistics). What is obvious to me is [...]

Me, Learning Ethics: Utilitarianism

I was very wrong about Utilitarianism, or I just happened to hear a different definition of it in the past. Originally, I thought it only related to usefulness—I mean utility is part of the word. Every time it was mentioned, I would clearly imagine the Industrial Revolution in either England or the United States. I [...]

Me, Learning Psychology: Meditation and Hypnosis

There is a difference between meditation and hypnosis, but they can both be therapeutic. The difference is mainly that meditation can be done alone, but hypnosis requires a therapist. Meditation seems to only have positive effects. It is utilized by various types of people, including the religious, spiritual, and irreligious. Some of the benefits are [...]

Me, Learning Ethics: Ethical Egoism

Are we born selfish, or is it best to be selfish? That's one interesting question to figure out. Psychological Egoism and Ethical Egoism explain why a person thinks of his own welfare before that of others. Both theories are very similar, except that Psychological Egoism determines that it is human nature to be self-interested, while [...]