Mark Sloan

Mark Sloan is TVOL Morality Topic Associate Editor. He is a retired aerospace engineer with degrees in physics and engineering. His main interest is how insights from the science of morality might be made culturally useful. This effort necessarily spans relevant science and moral philosophy. In particular, he is interested in morality’s ultimate source, morality’s strange bindingness quality, and why and how societies might choose to apply insights from science to refine their moral codes to better meet human needs and preferences. His blog is

Recent Posts

February 11, 2014 in Morality

Mainstream science of morality contradicts Sam Harris’ central claim

TVOL Morality Associate Editor Mark Sloan’s entry in The Moral Landscape Challenge contest argues mainstream science of morality contradicts Sam Harris’ central claim. This science identifies the universal function of…
Read More
September 5, 2013 in Morality

Would Abandoning Moral Foundations Make For A Better Society?

Are there ‘bad’ kinds of moralizing?Are there ‘bad’ kinds of moralizing? If so, does understanding morality as the product of evolutionary processes (of the biological and cultural kind) reveal why…
Read More
March 2, 2012 in Morality, Special Publication

A Universal Principle Within Morality’s Ultimate Source

Properly understood, morality is not a burden; it is an effective means for increasing the benefits of cooperation, especially emotional well-being resulting from sustained cooperation with family, friends, and community.
Read More