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Book Review: John Bradshaw and the Path to Goodness

John Bradshaw’s book Reclaiming Virtue: How We Can Develop the Moral Intelligence to Do the Right Thing at the Right Time for the Right Reason is delightful, eye-opening, and infuriating.  In the months — and I do mean many months … Continue reading

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Pain May Ease Guilt

Morality, goodness and guilt appear to me to be mixed together. Regular run-of-the-mill guilt might help regulate our actions and make us more ethical. Over-sized guilt might lead us to act out against ourselves or others. So, is this University … Continue reading

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Goodness By Any Other Name

Any search for goodness is probably doomed to wander through the wilds of religion at some point. Variations on political themes will undoubtedly slither through the under brush. Philosophies, moral codes, science and clashing systems of ethics can be expected … Continue reading


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The Will of God

This will teach me to tune into PBS. Tuesday night I was watching Abraham Lincoln grapple with the religious implications of the Civil War when my brain spit out a disconcerting thought: In searching for goodness, am I really seeking … Continue reading

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We May Be Hard Wired To Be Moral

Yale Psychologist Paul Bloom believes human beings are hard-wired to be moral. During the discussion of his work at the Edge Foundation conference on the New Science of Morality, Bloom clarifies that he’s more hesitant about his conclusions than he … Continue reading

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Dictionary Definitions of Goodness

Dictionary.com provides some quick definitions of goodness. From the Dictionary.com Unabridged, based on the Random House Dictionary, (c) Random House, Inc., 2010, goodness is: the state or quality of being good. moral excellence; virtue. kindly feeling; kindness; generosity. excellence of … Continue reading

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The Quest

Welcome to my quest. My goal is to answer what may well be an impossible question, and to do it in a mere 365 days. THE QUESTION: What is goodness? THE METHOD: Interview every philosopher, priest, psychologist, minister, neuroscientist, rabbi, … Continue reading

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