There are two kinds of moral problems: “Me vs. Us” and “Us vs. Them.” There are two kinds of moral thinking: “fast” intuitive thinking that is efficient but inflexible, and “slow” moral reasoning that is flexible but inefficient. Progress depends on matching the right kind of thinking with the right kind of problem.
In this 16th Annual Dennis McLaughlin talk, Dr. Joshua Greene will address these issues and how he has applied modern scientific techniques to old philosophical questions and current political controversies.
The annual McLaughlin Lecture Series is presented in memory of Dr. Dennis McLaughlin, who was founder of the Department of Psychology at Merrimack, where he was a beloved professor for 29 years.
Read more about Joshua Greene and his book at Carl Zimmer’s post at National Geographic.