Ethics of preemptive incarceration for deviant sexuality, specifically pedophila (Trigger warning)
...recognizing as a society that certain individuals are intrinsically attracted to children need not and does not imply that we condone acting upon these desires.
] Found via the excellent PsyDoctor8
Carl Jung: Taking inner life seriously.
An eight-part series on the thought of Carl Gustav Jung
from the Guardian's How to Believe
.) Jung's relationship with his patient, student, and rumored lover Sabina Spielrein
, and his mentor Sigmund Freud
is the subject of a new film, "A Dangerous Method." [Via] [more inside]
It's the Right Thing to do. [more inside]
In the late 1950s, psychologist Milton Rokeach was gripped by an eccentric plan. He gathered three psychiatric patients, each with the delusion that they were Jesus Christ, to live together for two years in Ypsilanti State Hospital to see if their beliefs would change.
Vaughan Bell tells the story
of one of the weirdest experiments in the history of psychology. (via
How wrong is it to use a kitten for personal sexual pleasure? Depends on whether you've washed your hands
Philosophy’s great experiment.
"Philosophers used to combine conceptual reflections with practical experiment. The trendiest new branch
of the discipline, known as x-phi
, wants to return to those days. Some philosophers don’t like it." [Via]
Three psychology experiments
that raise ethics questions because of the danger they posed to the research assistants. (via
) [more inside]
The Moral Instinct.
"Evolution has endowed us with ethical impulses. Do we know what to do with them?" [Via The Mahablog.]
Rorschach and Awe.
"America's coercive interrogation methods were reverse-engineered by two C.I.A. psychologists who had spent their careers training U.S. soldiers to endure Communist-style torture techniques. The spread of these tactics was fueled by a myth about a critical 'black site' operation."
The Human Speechome Project
- "A baby is to be monitored
by a network of microphones and video cameras for 14 hours a day, 365 days a year, in an effort to unravel the seemingly miraculous process by which children acquire language.". Selected video clips
(PDF, 750KB). To test hypotheses of how children learn, Prof Deb Roy's team at MIT will develop machine learning systems that “step into the shoes” of his son by processing the sights and sounds of three years of life at home. Total storage required: 1.4 petabytes
The Ethics of Deep Self-Modification.
What will happen when machines gain the ability to modify their own psychology? Do we have a responsibility to step in? What happens when we have the ability to modify ourselves
? Philosopher Peter Suber
has dedicated himself to issues of self-modification... not just in psychology, but also in constitutional law
. Small wonder that this is the guy who invented Nomic
. His site is littered with great stuff; he now is primarily involved with the open access movement. Check out his open access primer