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Author Topic:   Can survival of the fittest accomodate morals?
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Message 11 of 64 (551456)
03-22-2010 7:42 PM
Reply to: Message 1 by Den
03-22-2010 12:45 AM


Animal altruism.
Den writes:

Can survival of the fittest accomodate morals.......

Since homo sapiens follows a completely different moral code to the entire animal kingdom is it possible that humans fit outside the order of the rest of the animal kingdom? Could this mean we have a different origin? a unique purpose?

We don't have completely different behaviour from other social animals, and no, there's no evidence to suggest we have a different origin.

I've posted this video before, but once again it makes the point that aspects of our behaviour that we tend to rationalize as coming from a "moral code" do not actually do so. The star of this video has never been taught the story of the good Samaritan, which is particularly about taking risks to help another, yet its ancestral wolves are social, and will demonstrate Samaritan behaviour (as many other species do).


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