[extropy-chat] Re: Moral Relativism
benboc at lineone.net
Tue May 10 22:16:05 UTC 2005
It's quite amusing how my original hypothetical scenario is being pulled
in all sorts of directions, and is being subjected to various
I simply meant it to be background to my questions about what relative
and objective morality mean, or what they are taken to mean by different
people (Which nobody actually answered directly, but i think i've got a
handle on the ideas now).
Just to clear a couple of points up: The pregnancy is detected at a very
early stage, i didn't say Sue was raped, (although i didn't say she
wasn't, either), and I didn't hypothesise on the kind of people they are
- religious, rational, conventional, unconventional, etc.
"tsk, tsk. There is no child. .... I am amazed that supposedly
intelligent people would speak in such terms of "slaying a child" ...
Discussions like this make me very doubtful that humanity is bright
enough to survive. We seem to suffer recurring breakdowns in our
Thank you for saying that, Samantha, you beat me to it.
This kind of language is designed to stir up emotional reactions, not
have an intelligent debate.
It doesn't matter what you personally think about abortion, there's no
need to use an alternative, emotionally-charged term that attempts to
manipulate people's emotions. I would hope that that sort of tactic has
no place on this list. I would hope that that sort of tactic *doesn't
work* on the people reading this list.
Well, i can hope...
I'm pretty certain that humanity isn't bright enough to survive. That's
why i'm a transhumanist. Those recurring breakdowns in our thinking are
the pessimists half-empty glass. I prefer the 'half-full glass'
viewpoint that we occasionally show bursts of joined-up thinking, and
there's scope for them to grow longer and more frequent.
Of course, if i was an engineer, i would say the glass is too big. :-)
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