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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 02 2011,09:30   

Here’s morality in a nutshell: What hurts or harms sentient organisms is bad. Deliberately or carelessly doing needless bad things is evil.

You’re irrationally borrowing your moral concepts from religion, Dmullenix. As an atheist, your starting point is:

The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference.

Now, kindly explain where morality fits into that unavoidable component of the atheistic worldview.

I don't get it. The universe might show nothing but blind, pitiless indifference, but humans are clearly not indifferent. Humans have empathy, they care for their children, they're able to reflect about their actions and how these might affect others. That's a pretty good basis for developing morality, IMO.

I also observe that the universe is pretty dark, cold, and mostly empty, and I still have lights, a heating system, and furniture.

"Random mutations, if they are truly random, will affect, and potentially damage, any aspect of the organism, [...]
Thus, a realistic [computer] simulation [of evolution] would allow the program, OS, and hardware to be affected in a random fashion." GilDodgen, Frilly shirt owner

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