I really should not, but here it goes:
Brent, you seem to value the conventional ways given by the model used to
formulate physical sciences and Euclidian geometry etc. over mental ways or
ideational arguments.
(There may be considerations to judge mixed marriages for good argumentation
without waiting for physically observable damages.)
Imagine (since Einstein introduced us to spacetime-curvatures already) that
the Earth IS flat with the format-proviso that as you approach the rim it
changes your "straight-line" progressing: the closer you get the more it
changes (something like the big mass ujpon spacetime -  mutatis mutandis).
So as you close in to the rim, instead of falling off, you curved backwards
and arrive (on a different route) at the point of starting. (No proper
geometry have I devised for that so far),
It would seem, that the Earth is spherical and yuou circumnavigatged it.
Like Paul Churchland's tribe who formulated heat as a fluid changing colors
according to its concentration (in ho book "Consciousness").and  not some
ridi\culous vibrations as some human physicists believe.
For the innocent bystander: I do not believe this Flat Earth theory.

Merry Christmas

John M

On 12/22/06, Brent Meeker <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

1Z wrote:
> Stathis Papaioannou wrote:
>> Jef Allbright writes:
>> > peterdjones wrote:
>> >
>> > > Moral and natural laws.
>> > >
>> > >
>> > > An investigation of natural laws, and, in parallel, a defence
>> > > of ethical objectivism.The objectivity, to at least some
>> > > extent, of science will be assumed; the sceptic may differ,
>> > > but there is no convincing some people).
>> >
>> > <snip>
>> >
>> > > As ethical objectivism is a work-in-progress
>> > > there are many variants, and a considerable literature
>> > > discussing which is the correct one.
>> >
>> > I agree with the thrust of this post and I think there are a few key
>> > concepts which can further clarify thinking on this subject:
>> >
>> > (1) Although moral assessment is inherently subjective--being
>> > to internal values--all rational agents share some values in common
>> > to sharing a common evolutionary heritage or even more fundamentally,
>> > being subject to the same physical laws of the universe.
>> That may be so, but we don't exactly have a lot of intelligent species
>> to make
>> the comparison. It is not difficult to imagine species with different
>> evolutionary
>> heritages which would have different ethics to our own, certainly in
>> the details
>> and probably in many of the core values.
> It isn't difficult to imagine humans with different mores to our own,
> particularly since the actual exist... the point
> is not that they might believe certain things to be ethical;
> the point is , what *is* actually ethical.

If you try to change their ethics, you can only do it by appealing to
their values.  Their values are objective in the sense that they can be
discovered.  And some ethical systems will promote those values better or
more broadly than others.  But I don't see any basis for judging the values
themselves as good or bad.  You could weigh them according to how likely
they are to propagate themselves - like Dawkins' evolution of memes, but I
don't think that's what you mean.

> There is a difference between mores and morality
> just as their is between belief and truth.

If everyone believes the Earth is flat one can sail around it and show
that belief is false.  If everyone believes miscegenation is immoral, how
could that morality be shown to be wrong?  Not by marrying a person of a
different race.

Brent Meeker


You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups 
"Everything List" group.
To post to this group, send email to everything-list@googlegroups.com
To unsubscribe from this group, send email to [EMAIL PROTECTED]
For more options, visit this group at 

Reply via email to