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When Morality Is Hard to Like

How do we juggle evidence and emotions to make a moral decision?

On August 2, 1939, as the specter of the second World War loomed, Albert Einstein wrote President Franklin D. Roosevelt a letter he knew could affect the war and the future of humanity. The subject was the possibility of developing nuclear weapons. “Certain aspects of this situation,” Einstein wrote,

... seem to call for watchfulness and, if necessary, quick action on the part of the Administration. I believe therefore that it is my duty to bring to your attention the following facts and recommendations....

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