Belief and bombs

Hardly a day goes by in the approach to the Sochi Winter Olympics without yet another news story about terrorist threat. The assumption underlying these stories seems to be that the terrorists in question are so strong in their unshakeable beliefs that they are willing to kill themselves and hundreds of others to achieve their political and/or religious goals.  (In this case, it seems to be both religious and political if there really are links to the Buynaksk terrorist group.) For ...

Doing good is good for you: Ethics and the Human Sciences, TOK and CAS

Is there really anything newsworthy about the value of doing good to others?  So much has been said over so many centuries that surely current psychological research cannot add tremendously to our understanding!  And surely doing good falls within the scope of ethics -- and not within the scope of the human sciences! Yet, quite the contrary: recent studies in the human sciences do contribute knowledge, and delightful knowledge at that! Personally, I find the results of these studies give my heart ...