Morality and the Marketplace

I am headed to Tulane for a conference about why people behave badly. Enron. Leman. Madoff. We’ve all heard about business scandals costing millions – even billions – of dollars. Bad behavior in the marketplace, however, is not limited to accounting. Whether taking bribes or stealing post-it notes, immoral behavior

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Stop watching football

Training camp has open, and you have likely been inundated with media reports about preseason games, injuries, and teams with championship aspirations. Though, you are likely seeing more reports than I am – because I have stopped caring about football. I first wrote about this topic a couple years ago,

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Looking for a podcast about morality?

I don’t know of many morality podcasts, probably because I don’t often listen to podcasts, but my friend, David Pizarro has one. Very Bad Wizards is a collaboration between Tamler Sommers, a philosopher at the University of Houston, and David Pizarro, a psychologist at Cornell University. We first met at a conference

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How do people justify doing unethical things at work?

When I was visiting the University of Melbourne on sabbatical, I asked Adam Barsky, how people justify doing something unethical at work. His answer (based on his research): Read more about it in his recent paper: Barsky A. (2011) “Investigating the Effects of Moral Disengagement and Participation on Unethical Work

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Sabbatical report: Part 1

Before I started my sabbatical (which has ended), I made a list of the things that I hoped to accomplish. Did I succeed or fail? 1. Finish working the Humor Code, which is due to publisher on December 31, 2012.  Success. The book available for pre-order on Amazon and elsewhere.

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Repost: Three reasons why I stopped caring about football

Reposting something I wrote last year during last the Bronco’s season opener: It may sound crazy to some of you, but I recently made the choice to stop caring about football. The seeds were planted many years ago when I skipped a Super Bowl (the Packers were playing, I think.)

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Which is the most sinful country?

Simon Laham, lecturer at the University of Melbourne and author of the Science of Sin, answers the question: Which is the most sinful country? Simon’s project is really fun, but it has challenges. If you want to measure the frequency of sins, then you need to find a proxy for

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Are people who buy green products selfish?

Bram Van den Bergh, assistant professor at Erasmus University, answers the question: Prius drivers, what do you think? Are you signaling that you care? Are you signaling that you are paid? (Note: electric cars are not actually cheaper at this point). Read more about the paper HERE. Griskevicius, V., Tybur,

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Podcast - I'm Not Joking

Curtain Call

  Welcome to the final episode of I’M NOT JOKING. Comedian JD Lopez returns from Episode 1 to debrief and reflect on Peter’s experience building

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