On 7 November 2013 16:30, meekerdb <meeke...@verizon.net> wrote:

>  On 11/6/2013 6:18 PM, LizR wrote:
>  On 7 November 2013 14:39, meekerdb <meeke...@verizon.net> wrote:
>> There's a continuum of behavior which at the extreme absence of empathy
>> we call psychopathy or sociopathy.  But that doesn't mean more empathy is
>> better.  Sometimes it's good to be hard hearted.  Should we have been nicer
>> to the Neanderthals?
>>  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").
> I can assure you life was often nasty brutish and short far more recently
than 10,000 years ago.

But I'm afraid you've contradicted yourself :) ... if we've adapted our
genome culturally, we're *already* creating the ubermensch by genetic

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