META: The problem of "Good vs. Evil"
martinphipps2 at yahoo.com
Wed Feb 20 06:54:50 PST 2008
On Feb 20, 10:43 pm, Tom Russell <milos_par... at yahoo.com> wrote:
> I think one reason why the idea of free will, whatever the scientific
> consensus of it might be, is so widely accepted is because, as Andrew
> points out in his humourous post above, if we do not have the ability
> to make choices then we are not responsible for them. Taken together
> with the point of view that there is no right or wrong-- that they're
> just human concepts without meaning-- we are left with a world where
> people can do whatever the hell they want... if they had the ability
> to want things.
> Until it's proven, one way or the other, I'm going to hold onto my
> naive attachment to these ideas. Because I'd rather do that than live
> in a world where they don't exist. Such a world denies the basic
> dignity of human beings, and that's an idea to which I am passionately
It's just arrogant to think that there's something special about human
beings that allows us to make seemingly random decisions whereas
animals and robots rely on instinct and programming, respectively.
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