June 2013

Moral of the Story: The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Since the movie has just been released, I am sure others like me have dug up their high school copy, brushed it off, and delved right back in. F. Scott’s masterpiece is quite a tragic story about the futility of hope and the superficiality of materialism: beautifully grim. The characters are selfish, cruel, and difficult to like, but the symbolism (the eyes of Dr. T. J. Eckleburg, the green light across the lake) and the social commentary are what bring this story to life. Read more about Moral of the Story: The Great Gatsby

Do Infants Have a Sense of Fairness?

How early in our development do we start to develop an understanding of how people should behave towards each other? Do even infants have such an understanding? One such behavioural norm is to act fairly to people. Do infants have an understanding of what is fair and what is not fair, and an expectation that people will behave fairly? Read more about Do Infants Have a Sense of Fairness?

The Moral of the Story: The Heart Broke In

If you are selected to be exposed, you will receive a call from the Moral Foundation and be assigned a revelation date. If you can provide some juicy gossip about a friend or family member, you will receive 20 years immunity from the website’s moral and public condemnation. The tagline on the back of the book reads, “Would you betray someone you love to give them [The Moral Foundation] what they want?” Read more about The Moral of the Story: The Heart Broke In

The Moral Film Noir Zone

Today was the last Journal Club of the MMPL this semester, and the paper under discussion was called “Stretching the Moral Gray Zone: Positive Affect, Moral Disengagement, and Dishonesty”, by Vincent, Emich and Goncalo (2013). Read more about The Moral Film Noir Zone