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The basis for Enlightenment values of morality

Started this discussion. Last reply by Eric R. Feb 3, 2010. 40 Replies

Is there actually a basis for values like compassion, empathy, etc.? Or are these just values that seem good to us because of the way our culture evolved. Do we only follow these values because we…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Goddamnation Oct 16, 2009. 4 Replies

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Eric R. replied to Alex's discussion The basis for Enlightenment values of morality
"You're right in that if altruism had never been advantageous, we might never have developed these feelings. But the fact is that we did develop them, and we would not have survived without it. But after this initial altruistic instinct, we…"
Feb 3, 2010
Alex replied to Alex's discussion The basis for Enlightenment values of morality
"You're dodging the issue. Why is it immoral to be "inappropriately" mean?"
Nov 6, 2009
Alex replied to Alex's discussion The basis for Enlightenment values of morality
"Why is survival a good thing?"
Nov 6, 2009
Alex replied to Alex's discussion The basis for Enlightenment values of morality
"What if we needed to be mean to be happy. That wouldn't make being mean moral."
Nov 6, 2009
Alex replied to Alex's discussion The basis for Enlightenment values of morality
"Just because I try to value others' emotions and feelings doesn't mean I don't try to value mine as well. This isn't important though. I'm wondering if being moral is rationally defensible."
Nov 6, 2009
Alex replied to Alex's discussion The basis for Enlightenment values of morality
"No, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't. That's not relevant, though."
Nov 6, 2009
Alex replied to Alex's discussion The basis for Enlightenment values of morality
"I'm not a troll, and you're a fool for assuming my questions have anything to do with how I think people should behave."
Nov 6, 2009
Alex replied to Alex's discussion The basis for Enlightenment values of morality
"Basically Humanistic."
Nov 6, 2009
Alex replied to Alex's discussion The basis for Enlightenment values of morality
"Being compassionate and empathetic is of utmost importance to me. It's even more important than being reasonable. What I'm wondering is if I'm being irrational by thinking this way."
Nov 6, 2009
Alex replied to Alex's discussion The basis for Enlightenment values of morality
"Your post was very incoherent. Unless you're not a native English speaker, I'm not going to waste my time, sorry. I'm trying to find out if my beliefs on morality are rationally justifiable, like many people claim them to be. I…"
Nov 6, 2009
Alex replied to Alex's discussion The basis for Enlightenment values of morality
"I dislike studies that tend to generalize men and women. They help to create cultural expectations of how people of certain sexes should behave."
Nov 6, 2009
Alex replied to Alex's discussion The basis for Enlightenment values of morality
"So it would be OK to kill people, provided they didn't suffer, if it gave us pleasure and we didn't feel guilty about it?"
Nov 6, 2009
Jim Mo. replied to Alex's discussion The basis for Enlightenment values of morality
"I agree with all the comments about evolved compassion and empathy and how it benefits us as individuals when we are in a group that behaves with compassion towards its members. From my recent review of the history of the colonization of the…"
Oct 29, 2009
Alex replied to Alex's discussion The basis for Enlightenment values of morality
"By your logic if torturing non-human animals felt good to everyone, and we didn't get a sense of guilt from it, it would be just as good for us to torture animals as it would be for us to be compassionate to one another."
Oct 29, 2009
AgeOfAtheists14 replied to Alex's discussion The basis for Enlightenment values of morality
"The values change per generation. There's the tech-know-how to live with a lower-Earth-signature; in-turn ideal, green, prosperous life. And then there's the fascist opposite; for example whatever right or left, wasteful, fraudulent and…"
Oct 29, 2009
Alex replied to Alex's discussion The basis for Enlightenment values of morality
"Yes, I know what Humanism is. What I'm asking is this: why should we be compassionate? Because it makes us feel good? Because it makes others feel good? Should our actions really be based on endorphins and whatnot?"
Oct 28, 2009

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Pshhh, I'm already behind enough on updating my actual blog, Asolis. :P

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At 11:04pm on October 13, 2009, exodia said…
How did I know that you use Linux? It was your website(asolis.net) that said "...I had just upgraded my computer with Ubuntu 8.04..." in the article entitled "Wordpress 2.5.1 and Gravatars". That was my first clue. ;O)

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At 9:29pm on October 11, 2009, exodia said…
Anyone who uses Linux is cool in my book. :O)

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