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[liberationtech] [cpsr-activists] CPSR Curriculum?

Aaron Massey akmassey at
Mon Feb 4 11:20:47 PST 2019

Re: seeking empirical evidence about ethics instruction

A recent publication at FSE attempted to evaluate the impact of the new 
ACM code of ethics on decision-making and found no evidence of an effect 
according to their methodology.  You can read the paper here:

It’s worth asking whether this is the sort of structure a study of this 
nature should have.  For example, this study doesn’t really address many 
(or any?) of the points Charles made earlier.

Best, Aaron

On Mon  04 Feb 2019  07:40 AM, Charles M. Ess wrote:
>And thanks on both fronts!
>My acknowledging that it was a critical, spot-on point was not 
>gratuitous or merely courteous: behind it is a larger point - one that 
>we don't always point out to our undergraduate students.  But 
>Aristotle warned at the outset of his Nichomachean Ethics that no one 
>under 30 should attempt it - precisely because of their comparative 
>lack of experience as enculturated ethical beings.  (Part of this 
>enculturation includes precisely our learning from our mistakes - 
>phronesis as self-correcting ethical judgment.)
>FWIW: while I loved teaching undergraduate philosophy courses, such as 
>ethics and logic, for example - and still think that there's value and 
>some measure of good effect from them - having so-called 
>"non-traditional" was always a great pleasure, precisely because they 
>could bring their greater experience into play.  FWIW: the past couple 
>of decades have been even better on this front as I've been privileged 
>to work with a number of groups and communities who meet Aristotle's 
>age requirement - and it shows up in insights, discussion, debates, 
>dialogue, etc. that are that much richer for it.
>In all events - yes, kudos and great thanks, Paul!
>- c.
>On 04/02/2019 05:32, Paul wrote:
>>    I would like to claim partial credit for spurring your excellent 
>>response. ;)
>>   Paul
>Professor in Media Studies
>Department of Media and Communication
>University of Oslo
>Postboks 1093
>Blindern 0317
>Oslo, Norway
>c.m.ess at
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Aaron Massey, PhD -
Assistant Professor, University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)
Co-Director, The Privacy Place,

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