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Author Topic:   Morality! Thorn in Darwin's side or not?
Parasomnium
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Message 168 of 438 (508441)
05-13-2009 12:19 PM


The "Laws of Morality" (continued)
In another thread ICANT responded to my off-topic post about the "Laws of Morality", in which I mentioned the "Golden Rule", with the question:
So, where did your "Golden Rule" come from?
In any sufficiently advanced civilization you will find rules of this kind. Morality and an ethic of reciprocity are part and parcel of what it means for a civilization to deserve the very name. It emerges automatically as the civilization matures. Moreover, a budding civilization that fails to develop it, will fail as a whole.
You'd be mistaken to think that Christianity has the monopoly on this rule. It is found in cultures of all ages, all over the world, a lot of them much older than Christianity, from the ancient Greeks to Buddhism, to Hinduism, Taoism, Sikhism, you name it.

"Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science." - Charles Darwin.
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Message 191 of 438 (516903)
07-28-2009 7:11 AM
Reply to: Message 181 by Cedre
07-27-2009 9:38 AM


Human standard: the Golden Rule
Cedre writes:
An atheist cannot say murder is wrong, then he would have to answer the question why it is wrong, by whose standards, Americas’ standards, Britain’s standards, South Africa’s standards, or maybe by his own standards.
Well, how about a human standard? An atheist is human, after all. The vast majority of humans does not relish the prospect of being murdered, so it stands to reason that murder is almost universally acknowledged as being morally wrong. More generally, most people don't like to be treated wrongly in any way. So a good rule, one that holds almost universally, would be: "don't do to others what you don't want done to you". This is also known as the Golden Rule and it occurs in almost any culture you care to think of, probably because it is not very hard to come up with. Maybe that's why it's even in the Bible.
And if it's a human standard, then it has evolved, just as any other aspect of human beings has evolved. I don't see why this would be a problem for Darwinism.

"Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science." - Charles Darwin.
Did you know that most of the time your computer is doing nothing? What if you could make it do something really useful? Like helping scientists understand diseases? Your computer could even be instrumental in finding a cure for HIV/AIDS. Wouldn't that be something? If you agree, then join World Community Grid now and download a simple, free tool that lets you and your computer do your share in helping humanity. After all, you are part of it, so why not take part in it?

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