On 11/6/2013 6:18 PM, LizR wrote:
On 7 November 2013 14:39, meekerdb <meeke...@verizon.net <mailto:meeke...@verizon.net>>
There's a continuum of behavior which at the extreme absence of empathy we
psychopathy or sociopathy. But that doesn't mean more empathy is better.
it's good to be hard hearted. Should we have been nicer to the
We'll never know. But we do know we evolved to cope with a world that is very far
removed from the one we have. Is there any reason to believe evolution got everything
right? We've already made changes to other aspects of our being, both physically and
psychologically. But certain aspects of our behaviour still seem to be stuck in a
distant past when life was almost always nasty, brutish and short.
Indeed I think we have evolved significantly over the last 10,000yrs. Just look at the
difference between wolves and dogs. If we've adapted wolves to civilization like that,
it's pretty certain that we have been adapted too, by the unnatural selection of culture.
But I'd beware to trying to create the Ubermensch by genetic engineering (c.f. Greg Egan's
short story "Eugene" in "Axiomatic").
"Evolution is clever than you are."
--- Leslie Orgel
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