Why Is Morality So Puzzling?

Bethany Burum

Our morality is full of puzzles. We often give to charity inefficiently and ignore the harm caused by people failing to act. Bethany Burum, Post-Doctoral Researcher at Harvard University, provides a unifying solution to these puzzles, explaining why much of our morality is defined by what has plausible deniability in the eyes of others.

Bethany Burum

Bethany Burum is a social and evolutionary psychologist interested in how hidden incentives shape our minds and behavior. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Harvard University, where she is now a post-doctoral researcher and lecturer. Her research integrates evolutionary game theory with laboratory experiments to study the unconscious incentives that shape our preferences, beliefs, and ideologies, including our sense of morality, justice, beauty, and altruism. Her courses on these topics include: game theory and social behavior, the origins of our political and moral ideologies, and how hidden incentives explain art and beauty.
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