Rethinking Ethics: A Vision for a New Framework Aligned with Human Nature

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Ethics may be best advanced by adapting to, rather than trying to change, human nature. As we reported in our September Newsletter, fraud allegations have been raised against one of Ethical Systems’ past collaborators, Francisca Gino.…

FTX Bankruptcy Is Bad News for the Charities That Crypto Mogul Sam Bankman-Fried Generously Supported

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FTX, an exchange for trading cryptocurrencies, quickly became bankrupt and defunct in November 2022.

EY and KPMG Cheating Scandals Expose Ethical Challenges for Audit Industry

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After getting caught ignoring its employees and cheating on the CPA ethics exam, EY has become the latest example of how industry and company-level mindsets can turn into corporate liabilities.

Breaking the Fever: It Takes Two to Tango: In the Life of Oligarchs with Elisabeth Schimpfössl

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In this episode of our Breaking the Fever podcast, we speak with Elisabeth Schimpfössl about the targeting of Russian oligarchs with economic sanctions and other restrictive measures.

Combatting Bullshit in the Workplace

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Listen to "#31 - Combatting Bullshit in the Workplace" on Spreaker. In this episode of the Breaking the Fever podcast, we speak with Ian McCarthy about the many faces of bullshit—how it’s different from lies, the harmless and harmful…

The Double-Edged Nature of Cooperation

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Cooperation is our species’ superpower. The pandemic has been a stark reminder of just how much we rely on one another. Like plagues of the past, the novel coronavirus has exploited our social nature. But our sociality is also our…

Elizabeth Holmes Is a Scapegoat—Even If She’s Guilty

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Reprinted with permission from Luke Burgis' Substack, Anti-Mimetic. Our desire for quick justice can make us pounce on the most visible actors. The criminal trial of Elizabeth Holmes, the founder of the blood-testing startup Theranos,…

Companies Should Measure Their Levels of Workplace Bullshit

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People’s propensity to bullshit increases when the social expectations of having an opinion are high, the audience is unknowledgeable, and the speakers expect to get away with it. Like cheating in school, bullshitting is a way for people…

How to Have Better Conversations About Ethics in Business

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The first step is to make conversations about ethics in business safe, interesting, and normal. It is often difficult, many people would agree, to talk about ethics in business. But why? It’s not because people don’t know what ethics…