Celebrating Moral Heroes

I made this claim a couple of years ago

When we create laws to prevent immoral behavior, we make society less moral.

hoping that Jeff’s philosopher neighbor would confirm it as a well-known ethical principle. I just listened to a Ted talk by Barry Schwaltz that was on this very subject.

From the Ted talk:

Moral skill is chipped away by an over-reliance on rules that deprive us of the opportunity to improvise and learn from our improvisation.

Schwaltz also talks about another topic close to my heart:  that introducing minimum standards optimizes for mediocrity.

And one for Jeff:

Incentives cause the loss of morality

Best Ted talk I have seen this year.

Tickets are on sale for next year. Palm Springs. Anyone want to go?

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Ragged Clown

Based in San Jose, California

One thought on “Celebrating Moral Heroes”

  1. Yup, thought that was a great talk with applications throughout life. Though it isn’t exactly the same it reminded me of having only The Law (“don’t ruin it for the rest of us”) and the Judgors who would consider specifics in light of The Law.

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