Article for the Culture & Conscience series at the Center for Humans and Nature.

If we assume our evolutionary predispositions represent hardware, we can consider both culture and the conscience as software.

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Public shaming can make the world a better place

The discussion about 21st-century shaming usually turns to cases in which an otherwise well-behaved person posts a tweet or photograph that results in excessive punishment by an anonymous and bloodthirsty online crowd which ruins that person’s life for a while. Many people, myself included, object to this form of vigilantism. But other examples of shaming — singling out big banks for environmental destruction, exposing countries for refusing to end forced labour or calling out denialists who undermine action on climate change — challenge the mistreated tweeter as shaming’s stereotype. What shaming largely is, after all, is not necessarily what shaming might be. Read more at WIRED.CO.UK.

Article for the Mind & Morality series at the Center for Humans and Nature.

We are not built to solve climate change, but we were also not not built to solve it.

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