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Measuring “Well Being”

We often measure the success of processes with numbers that represent some state of the output or operation of the process. Financial organizations tend to use a “bottom line” number of profitability. But nation-states and some other groups have different purposes and need different measures. When the purpose of a group is to sustain or […]

How Ethics Works

How Ethics Works

Ethics is the consideration of what action is the best. This can be fairly straightforward when we only consider ourselves and there aren’t any significant unknown factors. But even under these restrictions, an ethical analysis can become complex. Consider this scenario: We can travel for one day to a location where there is one gallon […]

Balance in Ethics

Individualism is a philosophy that emphasizes the individual. Collectivism is a philosophy that emphasizes the group. Ethics is the process of analyzing and determining what is the best action to be taken. We know that best actions often focus on the individual and often also include groups. The key is to find the correct balance. […]

Continuity of Self

In order to discuss maintaining and continuing “self”, we need to define self. If self is nothing more than memories and accumulating learning, then making a backup copy should be straightforward. When a backup copy is made, if the original and the copy are not linked in a maintained replication process, they will begin to […]