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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 26 2010,16:22   

I don't want to threadjack, but to wet the appatite for Blair/Hitchens:

Hitchens/Robinson Morals of Atheism

I would have mentioned that monkeys also seem to appreciate the divine, have empathy for others, and similar traits that Robinson implies only humans have.

I also would have said that all we are is emergent behavior that has acquired to realize that we are nothing more than emergent behavior.  Empathy is an emergent behavior in many animal species (some might go so far as to say "less so in humans than some other animals").  And that, not a morality (universal or otherwise) is what we derive the desire to not commit acts that would be socially frowned upon.

Finally, I would have mentioned that the society in which one lives much more determines morality than any innate or universal morality.

Ignored by those who can't provide evidence for their claims.

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