Would you follow orders even when it showed a lack of compassion?

In the early '60s, Yale's professor Stanley Milgram performed an experiment that revealed some interesting observations about human behaviour

Would you follow orders even when it showed a lack of compassion?In the early 1960s, Yale psychology professor Stanley Milgram performed an experiment that revealed some interesting observations about human response. Though the result and ethics of his experiment have been questioned, his findings continue to cause us to ponder what each of us would do if we had to choose between following directions and showing…

A sure bet on pro sports gambling?

The NHL is ready to enter the betting ring. It’s a sign of liberalizing laws and the search for ever more revenue

A sure bet on pro sports gambling?“Can do, can do, this guy says the horse can do.” – Guy & Dolls How forbidden was sports betting in society? Just ask Pete Rose. Even though Major League Baseball’s all-time leader in hits never bet against his own team, Rose was given a lifetime suspension for making wagers on his sport. So there must…

Kinsey’s pseudo-science refashioned our sexual behaviour

It took decades to fully expose the deep and systemic problems with the studies. By then it was too late

Kinsey’s pseudo-science refashioned our sexual behaviourTV personality Phil Donahue once said, “Kinsey was to sexuality what Freud was to psychiatry, what Madame Curie was to radiation, what Einstein was to physics.” Alfred Kinsey was the person primarily responsible for turning western society from Christian sexual morals to amoral behaviour more in line with his tastes. Biographer James H. Jones believes…

The danger of putting too much trust in doctors

The medical profession lectures the public on health. Some believe it’s time for the public to lecture the medical profession on ethics

The danger of putting too much trust in doctorsWe need the medical profession. It reassures us. When we’re ill, it either cures us or numbs our pain. Unfortunately, our reliance on health care can lead us to look at medical professionals through rose-tinted spectacles. As with society at large, the medical profession mixes the good, the bad and the ugly. Occasionally, the profession…

The moral roadblock at the end of ethical shortcuts

The world is full of stories of people who have done the impossible, and it always begins with a goal. But is it a worthy goal and are the methods ethical?

The moral roadblock at the end of ethical shortcuts“Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal,” author and radio personality Earl Nightingale tells us. The truth is that we can accomplish anything we set our minds to. We really can achieve what we visualize and believe. The world is full of stories of people and groups who have done the impossible, and it…

When political attack ads turn and bite the wrong prey

The Working Families campaign targeting Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown is just plain wrong – and stupid – and that means it will fail

When political attack ads turn and bite the wrong preyGo negative, sure. But don’t fib. The Working Families group has a new ad out. If you live in Ontario, you’ve likely seen it. If you don’t, you haven’t. But the ad is worth talking about because of the issues it raises. Working Families describes itself as a group that was “created by members of…

Will Trudeau finally pay the price for his arrogance?

Indigenous leaders were upset about Trudeau's comments about his boxing match with Patrick Brazeau. Some called him arrogant; others, racist

Will Trudeau finally pay the price for his arrogance?Every political hack remembers where they were when the first black man was elected president of the United States, when Nelson Mandela was freed from a South African prison or (more recently, depressingly) when Donald Trump entered the White House. Those were big political events. Some of us even remember where we were when Liberal…

An open government doesn’t close doors to information

The case of Vice-Admiral Norman shouldn't be about disclosing cabinet secrets, it should be about loyalty, ethical behaviour and adhering to codes of conduct

In addressing the issues raised by the situation involving Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, some commentators, and the federal cabinet, are confusing the requirements of loyalty and ethical behaviour that apply to federal public officials with the much more limited duty to keep cabinet secrets. Based on the evidence made public, Norman's communication with an executive from the…