Originally posted by truthquest
Yes, morals originate at least mostly from our genes.
Our morals - speaking of morality as a code of behaviour - are derived
from our instinctive understanding of right and wrong. This
understanding is encoded in our genes and expressed in instinctive moral behaviour; but our morals, which we have developed for ourselves as reasoning
beings, are not. We speak of the biological bases of morality, we do not state that morality is biological.
From a purely logical standpoint, one should just dump what their genes are having them do and start doing what self-interest tells them
Instinct is basically the codification of the calculus of risk and reward you were going on about earlier. It represents the distilled learning from
millions of years of decisions, some correct, most mistaken, that have made us what we are. By all means disregard them if your logic tells you better
- and if you can. That is only possible to a degree, never entirely. And remember that your instincts contain the accumulated wisdom of all your
ancestors, embedded in you as a set of operational routines. The chances of you knowing better what's good for you than they do are slim, to say the
"Logic is a higher form of reasoning than emotion(or faith)".
First you confuse instinct and intuition, now you get instinct mixed up with emotion! Are you sure you really understand
what instinct is
Emotion is the lever by which instinct modifies behaviour. It is not, in itself, instinct. Overcoming instinct is not the same as overcoming emotion.
The latter demands only a certain degree of self-control. The former can only be achieved through years of conditioning.
A main function of logic is to correct our instinct when our instinct tells us to do things that are not in our best interest.
No. See immediately above.
For example, if we are running late to work and have to go to the bathroom, or logic often over-rides the emotional desire to go to the
bathroom and delays the event until after we have clocked in.
Not logic. Toilet training. Again, see above.
And now >averts face; picks up quotation with tweezers<
Many if not most people have stolen at least one thing of value in the past, so it is not correct to single me out as someone who currently has
a policy of stealing... the other day I walked past a nice looking group of tools [and did not steal them]...
I made no accusations against you. It was you who confessed that your CV contains the word 'thief' in it. Although your protestations that you're
no worse than others fail to impress, I personally don't give a hoot whether you're happily reformed or busily engaged in planning your greatest
heist yet. However, I was burgled a few weeks ago, and it has strengthened my instinctive
antipathy towards people who steal from others.