Ethics, Computer Simulation, and the Future of Humanity

  • F. LeRon ShultsEmail author
  • Wesley J. Wildman
Part of the New Approaches to the Scientific Study of Religion book series (NASR, volume 7)


This chapter explores some of the key ethical issues impacting the field of computer modeling and simulation (M&S) in general and “human simulation” in particular. The first section discusses the “code of ethics” that has been adopted by many societies within the professional M&S community. The second section takes up several examples of computational models of human ethics and simulations for ethical training. The third section presents a meta-ethical framework for guiding ethical analysis within M&S; this framework is not a set of ethical guidelines, but a toolkit for guiding ethical decision-making in this interdisciplinary endeavor. In the fourth section, we ask: even if we can model the origin and destiny of humanity, does that mean we should? Finally, in the conclusion we issue an ethical challenge to M&S professionals.


Meta-ethics Teleological ethics Deontological ethics Evolutionary ethics Bio-cultural evolution Religion Prediction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Global Development and Social PlanningUniversity of AgderKristiansandNorway
  2. 2.Boston University and Center for Mind and CultureBostonUSA
  3. 3.Center for Modeling Social SystemsKristiansandNorway
  4. 4.Center for Mind and CultureBostonUSA

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