Ethical Dilemmas (create list of future topics)

  • Jul 24, 2014 · 7:00 PM

You are invited to bring a topic or two that we can put on the table along with the suggestions of other attendees and then we will vote on which topic to discuss during the meeting. Some topics under development include "success of our rule of law system" and "empathy, revisited". If you have some ideas for topics post them as comments and we'll have some time to think about them before we meet.

I (Gene) will be out of town and no one has volunteered to put together a specific topic so the meeting is left in your capable hands. I'll return for the August 13th meeting with a new, and better(?) topic. -- Gene

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  • A former member
    A former member

    A possible topic - large sweeping modes of operation are in place for automated massive compliance funneling control and money to the few - huge problems resulting for all people and the enviroment - instead of engaging in better operating modes - montrous amounts of money is spent on coping with these problems and perpetuating the status quo and instead of solving problems - in essence the magnitude of the problems are expanding --- can anyone site the great numbers of examples of this I am referring to?

    July 23, 2014

  • Paula L.

    I am reminded that we will need to define the difference between ethics and morals before we discuss ethical dilemmas. I suggest we define morals as personal beliefs of right and wrong and ethics as a code embraced by a group for the benefit of that group.

    July 21, 2014

  • Craig Y.

    Selfishness and power can corrupt ethics. If one has the means to get what one wants for immediate gain, why bothered with ethics?

    July 21, 2014

  • Cathy

    Two ideas: 1) Will cloning of humans ever be socially accepted? What are the social, medical, and economic implications if human cloning? How should the practice be regulated?

    2) Why are persons in certain positions (government officials, etc) held to a higher standard than "regular" folks? Is this fair? Shouldn't all citizens be held to similar standards? What are these standards?


    July 21, 2014

    • Craig Y.

      2) Leaders are supposed to lead, as we trust them to do so. Their lack of ethical standards, and reneging that trust an affect a larger number of us. A citizen's lack of ethics will affect fewer people, only those surrounding them.

      July 21, 2014

  • Craig Y.

    If you observe all people in different societies, it seems that the poorest/productive and the richest/or upper class are behaving more ethically according to their ethical standards. When a society is in transition, especially the middle class, can choose short cuts and immediate gains. This leads to behaviors contrary to ethical standards.

    July 21, 2014

  • Paula L.

    I have many topics that I want to discuss over the next year. If we have at least three others RSVPs for July 24th, I will come and present some ethical dilemmas for us to discuss. Or if others bring a topic they want to discuss on the 24th, we can do that. I think we should reserve 30 minutes to create a list of future topics.

    I am interested in practical philosophy, especially ethics. I just found an online course for $10 at­ that I have registered for. It would be fun if others in our group would join me. I chose the course that meets Tuesdays at 3pm beginning September 23rd, where I will meet others nationwide (or is it worldwide) that are interested in practical philosophy.

    July 17, 2014

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