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Morality Is Just Encoded Behaviour

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Posted by Aurino Souza on July 25, 2001 15:49:20 UTC

Mario,

I was enthusiastic about your first post and disappointed about the last. There are a few things which I think you must see clearly before we can agree:

1) Consciousness is an unnecessary complication when it comes to behaviour and should never be mentioned as an explanation as it creates unsolvable problems. I thought you said that in your first post but I'm not sure anymore.

2) The problem of creating knowledge has nothing to do with biology. It's a purely abstract problem, as abstract as knowledge itself. It can only be solved on an abstract level, saying "evolution did it" is simply a restatement of the fact that it has been solved.

3) Societies don't have minds. If morality is not somehow encoded in a creature's mind then our definition of morality is inconsistent with our definition of mind.

When I used the word morality (good and bad) I was actually referring to some deep intellectual process which must exist behind it and must be its cause. I have plenty of reason to believe that whatever it is that prompts moral behaviour in human beings also exists in every living creature. If you think otherwise you are taking an anthropocentric position, although you may not realize it.

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