The battle for compassion ethics in an apathetic universe new york algora publishing 2011 takes a sweeping brutally honest look at such basic questions as who we are what matters where we are headed and what we can do about it by synthesizing current thinking from science philosophy and other disciplines with my own reflections on freedom identity and morality i encourage readers . Selected quotes from the battle for compassion please reference any quotes jonathan leighton the battle for compassion ethics in an apathetic universe new york algora publishing 2011 there is a great paradox in the duality of wanting to understand the big picture and simultaneously continue to enjoy playing the game. An ethical principle known as negative utilitarianism a term coined by philosopher karl popper explicitly places the emphasis of ethics on the minimization of suffering. Get this from a library the battle for compassion ethics in an apathetic universe jonathan leighton six hundred years after copernicus presented his revolutionary and heretical heliocentric theory a sunset can still look unexpectedly new what if the fate of our world depended on a similar shift . We are living in an unprecedented uniquely critical sliver of time in the earths existence possibly even in that of the universe sir martin rees a recent president of the royal society and an influential voice among the worlds scientists has estimated the chance of our civilization surviving this century at no greater than 50
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