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Author Topic:   Can survival of the fittest accomodate morals?
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Message 7 of 64 (551285)
03-22-2010 8:56 AM
Reply to: Message 1 by Den
03-22-2010 12:45 AM

Your Limited Intellect
Can you please explain this contradiction in these scientific beliefs?

The contradiction lies in your inability to recognize that you're own thoughts are not necessarily correct. Something science does exceptionally well. That is why science doesn't have a moratorium against cannibalism, rape or murder. Science describes what goes on. It doesn't decide it.

Now, why people aren't big fans of naughtiness and ,yet, commit naughtiness is because there is not a single motive but many, competing motives. You and I could sit around the campfire and exchange knowledge on the best way to hunt turkey and deer, or I could shoot and eat you. Which one produces the most progeny for me in the long run can have an effect upon how my genes and those of my species prosper.

If I've a wee, red plastic trophy with the engraving "World's best cannibal, rapist, murderer." then I might find the latter a good strategy. But that's not likely to be the case. It's a big, wide world out there and there's a good chance I'll meat meet my better who'll wreck it for me. Presto, an uncharitable moratorium on naughtiness.

Natural selection has no regard for morality only degrees of success. Science merely notes it.

Edited by lyx2no, : Clarity.

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You are now a million miles away from where you were in space-time when you started reading this sentence.

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