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It's Not That Easy, There Is No Morality-meter

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Posted by Mario Dovalina on February 17, 2002 03:58:14 UTC

Comparing good and evil to the electromagnetic spectrum is a flawed comparison. With "red," we have a standard of measurement to decide what qualifies that color, but we have no such unit with morality. Until our technology becomes about 100 times more advanced and we can say "if a certain action stimulates these two million neurons, the subject views the action as evil," the best we can hope to do is ask someone "Do you think this is evil or not?" Defining evil relative to more than one person is like defining a certain opinion to be correct among more than one person. Any suitable definition must therefore be subjective to the individual. Everyone's definition varies. You can't apply a consistent definition to a subjective phenomena. (for example, does "red" exist to a colorblind person? Wouldn't his definition of "red" merge with another color?) If we can't quantify evil, we can never hope to measure it with any more precision that waving your hand in a certain direction and saying "it's somewhere in that general direction."

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