Stathis Papaioannou wrote:
> Brent Meeker writes:
>  
> 
>      > 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
>      > observation is.
> 
>     I don't think it's true.  My exhibit A is the Aztecs.
> 
>     Brent Meeker
>     There is a certain impertinence in allowing oneself
>     to be burned for an opinion.
>             -- Anatole France
> 
> 
> The Aztecs aren't a million years old. The further removed it is from us 
> (literally and metaphorically), the less we worry about the ethical 
> considerations. If some far future nonhuman civilization dug up the 
> Nazis their children might very well want the equivalent of Adolf Hitler 
> dolls for Christmas, even if their ethical standards turn out to be 
> similar to our own. In the long run, fascination trumps horror.
> 
> Stathis Papaioannou

Of course distance, in time or DNA, makes ethical judgments less relevant.  
It's hard for us to judge chimpanzees and impossible to judge dinosaurs.

Brent

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