On 11/6/2013 7:40 PM, LizR wrote:
On 7 November 2013 16:30, meekerdb <meeke...@verizon.net <mailto:meeke...@verizon.net>>
On 11/6/2013 6:18 PM, LizR wrote:
On 7 November 2013 14:39, meekerdb <meeke...@verizon.net
There's a continuum of behavior which at the extreme absence of empathy
psychopathy or sociopathy. But that doesn't mean more empathy is
Sometimes 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
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,
physically and psychologically. But certain aspects of our behaviour still
be stuck in a distant past when life was almost always nasty, brutish and
Indeed I think we have evolved significantly over the last 10,000yrs. Just
the difference between wolves and dogs. If we've adapted wolves to
like that, it's pretty certain that we have been adapted too, by the
selection of culture. But I'd beware to trying to create the Ubermensch by
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
Sure, and we've no doubt adapted to dealing with our fellow brutes.
But I'm afraid you've contradicted yourself :) ... if we've adapted our genome
culturally, we're /already/ creating the ubermensch by genetic engineering.
Selective breeding isn't exactly genetic engineering. Of course the Ubermensch may turn
out to an AI system plus robots.
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