From: Stefan Pernar (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon Apr 28 2008 - 06:33:42 MDT
On Mon, Apr 28, 2008 at 7:23 PM, Tim Freeman <email@example.com> wrote:
> --- Stefan Pernar <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > You can find my paper on friendliness called 'Practical Benevolence -
> > a Rational Philosophy of Morality' at:
> From: Matt Mahoney <email@example.com>
> >In section 1.7 you state that existence is preferable to non-existence,
> >and that existence is defined as the ability to be perceived. From
> >this you conclude that it is the agent's interest to ensure continuous
> >This is the crux of your argument. I believe it is flawed. Evolution
> >does not define existence as the ability to be perceived. It only
> >matters that your genes are propagated.
> So far, so good. If you've quoted Pernar correctly, you seem to have
> a valid argument against his point of view.
Yes he has and point well taken. Please see earlier post.
>Humans have a goal of being perceived by other humans. This is called
> >"ego". Tribes whose members desire attention have a competitive
> >advantage because ego leads to sharing of information, a common
> >language, reciprocal attention and friendship, and ability to organize
> >into companies and armies.
> This is less good. You're advocating group selectionism here.
> Apparently group selectionism is a rare event and individual selection
> is much more common:
The group selection debate is far from over - particularly on a non-genetic
level as I have written about earlier: http://www.jame5.com/?p=25
Joe Heinrich: http://www.psych.ubc.ca/~henrich/home.html#papers
David Sloan Willson:
Particularily: Wilson, D. S. and E.O. Wilson (2007). Rethinking the
theoretical foundation of sociobiology. Quarterly Review of Biology, in
My definition for existing is admittedly improvable.
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