Hi Craig Weinberg 

Evil is not defined by law, but crime is.


[Roger Clough], [rclo...@verizon.net]
1/3/2013 
"Forever is a long time, especially near the end." - Woody Allen
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On Thursday, January 3, 2013 5:35:00 AM UTC-5, rclough wrote:
Hi Craig Weinberg 

Do you know anything about jurisprudence ? 

Only as much as you do.
 

It doesn't care
if your motivations were good or evil, it only cares if you
broke the law or not.

Did I contradict that somewhere? 


 

Serial killers are generally thought to be sociopaths, but
they don't usually have much success cooking up an insanity defense.

That's why I said "There may be people who are born sociopaths".


They are the mindless, heartless purveyors of cruelty and evil,
evil as defined by laws. 

 Is evil defined by law? First you say that jurisprudence is all about 
establishing whether you broke the law, and not whether someone has evil 
motives, but now you are saying that evil is defined by laws.



Jurors and judges under the legal system determine if you break laws or not, 
not whether your motivation was good or evil, although that could 
have some influence on the type of punishment. 

Yes, so?
 




[Roger Clough], [rcl...@verizon.net]
1/3/2013 
"Forever is a long time, especially near the end." - Woody Allen
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Subject: Re: Re: The evolution of good and evil




On Wednesday, January 2, 2013 6:39:17 AM UTC-5, rclough wrote: 

ROGER: There are two opposing forces in the universe, those which enhance 
life, which we call Good, and those which diminish life, which we call Evil. 

CRAIG: I can't relate to cut and dried ideas of Good and Evil or enhancing or 
diminishing of life. 
It seems completely disconnected from reality to me. If it was that obvious, 
why wouldn't 
everyone just do the Good things and avoid Evil things? Obviously our 
experiences have 
many layers and qualities which change dynamically. Anything can be interpreted 
as 
enhancing or diminishing life. Chemotherapy Good or Evil? 
  
ROGER: Good people tend to do good things, evil people to do evil things.


The Stanford Prison Experiment proves that this is not true. There may be 
people who are born sociopaths and born humanitarians but overwhelmingly 
people's actions are reactions to their circumstances.
 

Chemotherapy is thought to do more good than evil. 


By doctors trying to cure patients of cancer, not by the cells of the body 
being poisoned. It sounds like when you say that good enhances life, you are 
talking about the lives of human beings and not any other species. If pressed, 
I suspect that good is further defined as that which enhances the lives of 
human beings which you consider to be good, which will, I suspect, turn out to 
be those people with whom you personally relate or admire. 
 


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[Roger Clough], [rcl...@verizon.net] 
1/1/2013 
"Forever is a long time, especially near the end." - Woody Allen 

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