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Sunday, January 29, 2012

The Good Samaritan and A Clockwork Orange

Thinking about the parable of the Good Samaritan because I saw a post at the NYT's philosophy blog by Peter Singer that mentions it ... Are We Ready for a ‘Morality Pill’?. The post deals with why some people will go out of their way to help strangers while others will ignore someone who's vulnerable (or even harm them) ... is it all about our individual beliefs or about our individual brains ... and it a asks the question: if the thing that causes people to help others can be isolated, would it be appropriate to impose this trait on everyone (think A Clockwork Orange - one seriously disturbing movie!). Interesting questions raised.

- The Good Samaritan, John Everett Millais


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