Morality is a consideration among the living about that which affects survival.
A rock can have no morality.
So that which exists among the living may be said to carry knowledge which assists in it's survival. At it's root, this knowledge is bicameral. Inherited knowledge is instinctual, non-volitional, part of homeostasis. Learned knowledge is empirical, fact based, gained in a learning curve by a theoretical and practical synthesis. These are two distinct intrinsic components of knowledge within any life form. I used the term bicameral because I could use less words with it. I got the idea from Dr. Julian Jaynes. This bicameral knowledge directs a life form to behave in a life enhancing manner.

Instinct is part of the firmware that comes inherited from the species at large to the individual of that species.

Humanity, (although it is in possession of some instinctual behavior) operates using decision trees on the basis of a few simple questions regarding existence and the metaphysically given:
"Is our condition here knowable"? If the answer arrived at is "yes", the following question is: "By what means"?

Sensory data interpreted by a rational perspective leads to a morality of rational self interest.
Whim interpreted by an irrational perspective leads to a morality that is anti- rational self interest.
Survival in the case of the Human being depends on a rational perspective which takes into account the sensory data as part of the metaphysically given. Failure to evaluate sensory data as such can only reduce the proximity of human paradigm to life enhancing outcomes via such encompassing life processes related to the adequate synthesis of sensory data about the metaphysically given.
Morality as it is related to survival may vary as it relates to the temperament involved in choosing a viable route to survival. Survival is markedly different from non-survival however, so any working practice of morality must have results that are absolutely quantifiable as survival if it is to be judged as effective to the living being employing the morality.

Attaining Virtues (character traits and competencies) cumulative to and corollary towards your life (it's survival) plus Values (Nouns) of the same caliber and quality yield a stance of morality.

A great book on the subject is " Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology" by Harry Binswanger and Leonard Peikoff. It contains extensive philosophical material by Ayn Rand.

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Comment by Clarence Dember on December 27, 2008 at 5:49am
There are cultures where self sacrifice for the group honor out weighs any conscideration for the individual. (note to self: don't move there".) I threw the idea of a categorical imperative in the round file. The hive mind collective is always trying to add to it's droned out dogma fed population. Philosophers for hire like Emanual Kant are only articulating a hobbsen's choice.
Comment by Clarence Dember on December 26, 2008 at 9:59pm
Ah, there are different bench marks of morality in different schools of philosophy. So, morality is an idea which should aid in your survival among the living; according to the flavor of morality I'm emphasizing right here, right now.
Comment by j on December 26, 2008 at 8:05pm
Not to oversimplify what morality is... I believe it's roots are found in our primate ancestry.
Morality gives our society some since of harmony and is good as long as that morality does not stifle the individual or science... The Apologist claim that there is an absolute, static morality is false: morality changes with culture.
Comment by Clarence Dember on December 26, 2008 at 7:01am
Scott Adams is a Bard.
Comment by Clarence Dember on December 26, 2008 at 6:35am
I remember the Dilbert Cartoon where Dilbert is in an airplane and people are asking him "why are you dressed like a shepherd"? He replied "I'm on my way to the Vatican on a sales campaign. I've always heard it's necessary to dress one notch above the client".
Comment by Clarence Dember on December 26, 2008 at 6:13am
Thanks for the requests to clear up my language. It was warranted. The furniture in the living room is now aligned. Let's take it from the top!
Comment by Фелч Гроган on December 26, 2008 at 6:01am
I think you've been to one too many power breakfasts. Really is there a need for this ? I mean, what's wrong with basic, clear, concise English. "Human paradigm" - the only times I've heard those words fall out of anyone's mouth have been at mandatory management boot-camps that the big corpororates love to force you into, oh so very dearly. Where's a Dilbert cartoon when you need one ?
Comment by Clarence Dember on December 26, 2008 at 5:39am
Inherited knowledge is instinctual, non-volitional. Learned knowledge is empirical, fact based, gained in a learning curve by a theoretical and practical synthesis. These are two distinct intrinsic components of knowledge within any life form. Is that better? I used the term bicameral because I could use less words with it. I got the idea from Dr. Julian Jaynes.

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