As outlined in these pieces, the core of ethics is a fundamental orientation to others. The cognitive scientist Rebecca Saxe has researched the areas of the brain that influence our orientation toward others. Watch her fascinating explanation of our ethical brains.
And finally, the moral philosopher Peter Singer presents a provocative case for our individual ethical responsibility for the world’s poor. As you consider his argument, review the global poverty facts and statistics.
In the discussion section below respond to Singer’s argument. Do we as individuals have an ethical responsibility to those living poverty around the globe? Why or why not? Based on the statistics, are you compelled to take any of the actions to help those in need that Singer suggests?