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Why do you not see the concepts?!!!
Do you understand a lack of empathy to mean no empathy at all? No emotional regard whatsoever?
Earlier, within the context of your usage, of the word psychopath, it appears to be a derogatory word for you, is that correct? Not in definition, but in usage, does it express bad? Can we say that you believe psychopaths are bad?
Its just the truth.
From the point of view of a gene
or equal statements are good and unequal statements are bad.
-4 + 5 = 1 (good)
-4 * 5 ≠ 1 (bad)
(Contrarians are often douche-bags... ;-j so most people don't usually take such a contrary moral standpoint).
-4 + 5 = 1 (bad)
-4 * 5 ≠ 1 (good)
Good is potentially limitless but it is always just.
Bad is potentially limitless but it is always unjust.
The immutability of good is that it is always just.
Gene's have points of view? They have concepts?
You're expressing the same idea I did, but you made me into a villain for doing so.
Don't you mean 'morality is inimical to survival'?
'Survivalism' is a kind of hobby indulged in by apocalyptic crackpots.
From the point of view of the individual organism, yes it is. But organisms only exist to protect and propagate genes. From the point of view of a gene, self-sacrifice for kin may be an acceptable trade-off, since the beneficiary of the sacrifice shares genes with the one that sacrifices itself.
Morality is the intellectual, human expression of this biological fact.
Clearly, you understand what I meant...
Survivalism is a very real concept...
That's kind of a backwards way of looking at it, and rather impractical, given the point.
it permits understanding of diverse phenomena such as altruism and intragenomic conflict that are otherwise difficult to explain from an organism-focused perspective.
Morality is the philosophy of sacrificing your temporary gain now for a substantially greater gain later.
Good and evil come into existence when beings who are driven by instinct evolve reason and the concept of a future, and begin to think about what they do and what they are.
the system that only works in a higher functioning society that is able to grasp and respect such a concept. This touches on the crux of the matter: the inclination of societal members to abide by those principles.
Okay. I won't quibble over words. My idea of a survivalist is someone who hoards guns, ammunition, baked beans and corned beef, uses the acronym WTSHTF a lot and knows all there is to know about chemical toilets. Your understanding of the term may well differ from mine.
At first blush, quite possibly. What I'm articulating here is the gene-centred view of evolution, which has been pretty mainstream in biology for the last quarter-century or so. It makes compelling sense to me, and a lot of other people, because, in our opinion,
So yours is an extremist perception.
A very eloquent reflection of the points I was trying to make.
Thanks. But wouldn't that suggest that we share the same 'extremist' position?
Does 'the rest of your post' not count as a qualifier?
Morality doesn't mold instinct.
Morality is just another instance of regulating social protocol for the benefit of all components in order to eliminate the primal behavior that causes discomfort to our refined cognitive processes.
It's just a suit on a monkey. Provides an illusion that may hopefully - eventually - reprogram our basic nature in the same way that Pavlov reprogrammed his dog's saliva glands.