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Eric Schwitzgebel

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    Believing in Monsters: David Livingstone Smith on the Subhuman

    The Nazis called Jews rats and lice. White plantation owners called their Black slaves soulless animals. Pundits in Myanmar call Rohingya Muslims beasts, dogs, and maggots. Dehumanizing talk abounds in racist rhetoric worldwide. What do people believe, typically, when they speak this way? The easiest answers are wrong. Literal interpretation is out: Nazis didn’t believe […]

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    This Philosophical Argument Convinced People to Give More to Charity

    How much would you pay to prevent your own child becoming blind?Photograph by 1000Photography / Shutterstock Last fall Fiery Cushman, the director of the Moral Psychology Research Lab at Harvard, and I announced a contest: We would award $1,000 to the author of an argument that effectively convinces research participants to donate a surprise bonus […]

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    How to Tell If You’re a Jerk

    If you think everyone around you is terrible, the joke may be on you.

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    How to Tell If You’re a Jerk

    If you think everyone around you is terrible, the joke may be on you.