Tag Archives: Morality

Middle Eastern Values Survey | Saudi Arabia versus Denmark

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Latest article – two days ago – was Hot Sexy Muslim women.. etc... – about What Style of Dress is Appropriate for Women  in Public..

Between you and me, I chose that tittle, rather than the dull “Middle Eastern Values Survey”, as an experiment: Would an article with a SEXY tittle get (many) more hits than the average ~ 100 a day..

As it turned out, the answer was negative, but as a general rule, – see Blogging Rule # 5 Or How To Get 1 Million Hits To Your Blog Without Really Trying, – the answer is a definite YES !

Anyway, Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet has asked its readers the same question: What Style of Dress is Appropriate for Women  in Public ?

 You’ll see the result below, and for comparison I’ve picked the data for Saudi Arabia. The map is interactive, but you’ll have to visit Ekstra Bladet for that.


The Muslim population of Denmark is 4-5 %, which probably explains the otherwise unbelievable ~4% votes for woman 1..

Middle-Easter-Values-Survey-Saudi-ArabiaNo surprises here..

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Sam Harris | Public Challenge | Receive $ 20,000

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Moral_Landscape_coverHave you read Sam Harris’ bestseller, The Moral Landscape ? – I haven’t, but maybe I should.. – It’s my chance to earn $ 20,000 ! – And yours.., – all you have to do is write in 1,000 words or less, that Harris is a Godless charlatan, who..

Nah.., – a better idea is to come up with some really serious arguments that will refute Harris’ central thesis, that..

“Morality and values depend on the existence of conscious minds—and specifically on the fact that such minds can experience various forms of well-being and suffering in this universe. Conscious minds and their states are natural phenomena, fully constrained by the laws of the universe (whatever these turn out to be in the end). Therefore, questions of morality and values must have right and wrong answers that fall within the purview of science (in principle, if not in practice). Consequently, some people and cultures will be right (to a greater or lesser degree), and some will be wrong, with respect to what they deem important in life”.

Refute, persuade, cash in ! – Think you can do it ? – Remember: You don’t have to mean a word of what you say, – just pretend you’re on God’s side, and teach this Godless  atheist monster a lesson. Tear him apart !

Be warned though: You’re in for a hard time, and honestly, I don’t think you can pull it off.. – In fact, I don’t think anyone can pull it off..

How does one refute the damn’ truth ?!..

Sam Harris: The Moral Landscape Challenge

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Morality profile: What would you do for a million dollars..

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I am currently having fun building my very own morality profile..

Should you become inspired to do likewise, you may do so by visiting YourMorals.Org

From their website:

“We are a group of professors and graduate students in social psychology at the University of Virginia, The University of California (Irvine), and the University of Southern California”.

“Our goal is to understand the way our “moral minds” work.
Why do people disagree so passionately about what is right? Why, in particular, is there such hostility and incomprehension between members of different political parties”?

So far I’ve answered two questionnaires, – the Moral Foundations Questionnaire, –  about why you care about some virtues and issues more than others, and the Sacredness Survey, – about What would you do for a million dollars ?

Actually, I also tested my knowledge, but being a semi-ignorant Dane, results were not impressive, so I’ll skip that one, and what has it got to do with morality anyway ?

On second thoughts: probably a lot..

The Sacredness Survey, – “for which amount of money would you be willing to do any of the following”, – (e.g. Give up one year of your life (you’d die in exactly the same way, just one year earlier),   was most amusing, and you could learn a thing or two about yourself..

However, apart from the fun of it, my main motivation for building this profile is to discover to which extent it corresponds with either a Liberal  or a Conservative profile.

Thing is, I often feel more in tune with (neo)Conservatives than with Liberals, certainly when it comes to Freedom of Speech, but also on attitudes towards Israel / Middle East, view of postmodernism, moral relativism, to name a few areas. It is rather paradoxical, and it is a paradox that fascinates me a great deal..
In order for you to understand just how big this paradox is, consider this: I see myself as a Social Liberal, but at the same time I am deeply contemptuous of this same political grouping, mainly because of their We-are-better-than-you attitude, – morally better/above, smarter, etc. – I am not necessarily implying that Social Liberals are not morally superior, – let’s just say we are at odds on certain issues, – unfortunately, rather important issues..

Ok, – I don’t mean to discuss this paradox at lengh here, – let’s look instead at my profile: Green: Me;   Blue: Liberals;   Red: Conservatives

Moral foundation

Quite clearly, I am VERY much in tune with the Liberal profile.

For a detailed understanding, you’ll have to take the test yourself, but to give you an idea, here are some of the questions that determine your “harm”-score:

Moral foundations questionaire

Interested ? – Inspired ? – then.. Explore your own morals 

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