Category Archives: Ethics & Justice

Wise Judgment

A growing consensus among philosophers and cognitive scientists defines wise judgment to include the ability to recognize the limits of one’s knowledge, to be aware of the varied contexts of life and how they may unfold over time, to acknowledge others’ points of view, and to seek reconciliation of opposing viewpoints. (University of Waterloo “Wisdom is a matter of both heart and mind”)

See also the original research article, “A Heart and A Mind: Self-distancing Facilitates the Association Between Heart Rate Variability, and Wise Reasoning,” which includes many other interesting concepts such as:

  • self-distanced vs. self-immersed perspectives
  • egocentric impulses vs. self-distancing
  • dispositional vs. situational attributions
  • wisdom-related reasoning (e.g., prevalence of recognition of limits of one’s knowledge, recognition that the world is in flux/change, consideration of others’ opinions and search for an integration of these opinions)
  • balanced vs. biased attributions (recognition of situational and dispositional factors vs. focus on dispositional factors alone)

Generation Anthropocene

We currently produce around 100m tonnes of plastic globally each year. Because plastics are inert and difficult to degrade, some of this plastic material will find its way into the strata record. Among the future fossils of the Anthropocene, therefore, might be the trace forms not only of megafauna and nano-planktons, but also shampoo bottles and deodorant caps – the strata that contain them precisely dateable with reference to the product-design archives of multinationals. “What will survive of us is love”, wrote Philip Larkin. Wrong. What will survive of us is plastic – and lead-207, the stable isotope at the end of the uranium-235 decay chain. (Robert Macfarlane “Generation Anthropocene: How humans have altered the planet for ever”)

When You’re Accustomed To Privilege, Equality Feels Like Oppression

Equality can FEEL like oppression. But it’s not. What you’re feeling is just the discomfort of losing a little bit of your privilege… The same discomfort that an only child feels when she goes to preschool, and discovers that there are other kids who want to play with the same toys as she does. It’s like an old man being used to having a community pool all to himself, having that pool actually opened up to everyone in the community, and then that old man yelling, “But what about MY right to swim in a pool all by myself?!?” (Chris Boeskool “When You’re Accustomed To Privilege, Equality Feels Like Oppression”)