On 2/12/07, Tom Caylor <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> > Stathis Papaioannou wrote:
> > > Tom Caylor writes:
> > > > > > Brent Meeker
> > > > > > "It does not matter now that in a million years nothing we do
> > > will matter."
> > > > > > --- Thomas Nagel
> > > > > We might like to believe Nagel, but it isn't true.
> > > > > Tom
> > > > That is, it isn't true that in a million years nothing we do now
> > > > matter.
> > > Why do you say "we might like to believe Nagel"? Why would anyone want
> > > it to be the case that nothing we do now will matter in a million
> In order to think in terms beyond a few generations, we need a basis
> for meaning that is more universal than explaining and controlling
> things in our immediate sphere of "care abouts", like our animal
> instincts. (Such a local basis does not support doing things like
> sacrificing your life for others even a couple thousand years in the
> future.) But if we reject the ultimate basis, then it feels good to
> say that it doesn't matter.
If we discovered some million year old civilization today I think wonder at
its achievements, however paltry, would far outweigh dismay at its
wickedness, however extreme. I'm not sure what the significance of this
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