values and ethics

values and ethics


Religion, Faith, and Spirituality Examined

religion August 20th, 2018

It’s very easy for me, as a skeptical kind of person, to find fault in religion and to criticize it as more about the placebo effect than some kind of benefit bestowed by a powerful ally in the sky. However, religious and faithful persons have demonstrably improved and advantageous lives either due to or at least associated with their belief in a higher power. That much has been shown by social science. They can even find evidence of various beliefs and states in the brain when a person undergoes an fMRI and such. There is a huge functional brain effect from mediation, for example. Here are a few thoughts on the benefits of religion in a person’s life.

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Blogs About Wisdom, Values, Ethics, & Philosophy

blogs about wisdom May 4th, 2018

I’m Jason Merchey, a philosophical thinker, writer, and master’s level psychologist. I founded and shepherd a website called Values of the Wise. My main goal with all my blogs about wisdom and virtues is to assist folks in obtaining the most fulfilling and moral lives possible – what I call a life of value. Below are some highlights from blogs about wisdom, values, philosophy, psychology, economics, and politics I have written in the past 16 months – and I’m proud to report I have just reached 400 posts here on Values of the Wise (which includes about 85 podcasts about values and ethics). Enjoy.

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Quotes About Wisdom and Values in Full Color!

quotes about wisdom March 29th, 2018

In the last decade, “memes” have become very popular on social media. Memes are graphic images with a very small amount of text. They can be funny, trenchant, pithy, provocative and catchy. I have made a number of memes, and I do so with a bit more wording, and really consider them to represent wisdom and value. In this blog which features quotes about wisdom, I show some of the memes I have made over the last year or two, and point out how the quotes about wisdom and values depicted can really be made engaging and thought-provoking when coupled with graphic imagery. Enjoy!

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Doubt and Skepticism: Philosophical & Religious (V&E-3)

doubt and skepticism September 5th, 2017

The topic of the day is philosophical and religious doubt and skepticism. With my very able guest, Jennifer Michael Hecht, Ph.D., I explore some history of the subject, and learn about her fascinating book. This is a transcript of an audio interview with Dr. Hecht on a then-program entitled Values and Ethics: from Living Room to Boardroom (available as a podcast). It then became Chapter 3 in a book of the same name in 2017. Let’s look into one of the most critical precursors of wisdom: doubt.

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Ethics 101 (Highly Abbreviated!)

ethics: a noble pursuit August 5th, 2017

Ethics is a branch of philosophy with a long, storied past. Along with epistemology and aesthetics and metaphysics, ethics is one of the pillars of philosophical thought since Aristotle to the present day. Philosophers still study right from wrong in universities and books are written every year on the topic. What can we learn from studying it today; what dividend does doing so pay? The reason to learn more about right from wrong and morality is to be better able to make good decisions, live the kind of life an individual would really prefer, and have better and more functional relationships. After all, one has to be a good neighbor, responsible parent, trustworthy employee, and person of generally good character to get along well in society and both participate and benefit. Read on to find out more about what ethics really is about and how one can apply it successfully in one’s daily life. 

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A Discussion About Values and Ethics (Part 1)

A Discussion About Values and Ethics July 1st, 2017

The following piece is slated to be chapter 3 in the second volume of Values & Ethics: From Living Room to Boardroom (itself based on an Internet-based talk radio show of the same name I did in times past). In this dialogue, author and philosophical thinker Jason Merchey is interviewed by noted communication expert and founder of the peace activist group Voices of Women, Jenni Prisk. Topics range from domestic to international politics, to “living a life of value”, to the role of the individual in society. Both interlocutors are candid, insightful, and informed.

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Questions for Jason on Values and Ethics

April 11th, 2017

Author, thought leader, philosophical thinker, independent scholar, and lover of all quotations (including values and ethics, wisdom, progressive values, inspirational quotes, etc.), Jason Merchey is interviewed for a second time by Jenni Prisk, founder of an organization dedicated to peace and justice, Voices of Women. Author of the books Living a Life of Value, Building a

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What We Can Learn from Einstein

April 10th, 2017

Albert Einstein is an almost-mythical figure; everyone knows what he looks like, the formula E=MC2, and how “smart” he was. He also was a very humane man chock full of values and ethics, a Socialist, a peace-maker, a truly original thinker, and a very unique individual. He wasn’t perfect, but his ideas, words, and intentions

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What’s the Matter w/ America? Analysis of Social Problems

April 10th, 2017

What is the matter with America? What social problems plague us? Jason brings a representative of the conservative political perspective to highlight the questions, and potential answers. What are the root causes of the issues and problems America faces? Is it selfishness? Media gone mad? Money in politics? Aggression and attachment to guns? A lack of personal responsibility

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Volunteerism

April 10th, 2017

Volunteering is a great thing to do: it can make a difference for oneself and others when it comes to your values and ethics. Not everything needs to be about making money. But why? What does it mean? How is one fulfilled serving and giving to others? Jason discusses these and other intriguing questions with

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