From: Matt Mahoney (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Fri Feb 13 2009 - 15:52:49 MST
--- On Fri, 2/13/09, BillK <email@example.com> wrote:
> > Nobody can experience death. In order to experience something, you have to remember it.
> > The only reason we consider murder unethical is because cultures with this belief grew
> > faster than those without it.
> This is a simplistic fallacy.
> By this reasoning all the different ethical systems and societies in
> the world cannot exist because the 'best' system would have swamped
> all others.
It has. Nearly all cultures prohibit to varying degrees sexual activity that does not lead to children. This includes prohibitions against nudity (unique to humans), whether that means penis gourds or burqas.
> This is the 'naturalistic fallacy'. The belief that because something
> is 'natural' that makes it right. Humans are social beings. Culture,
> history and tradition gets passed on to the next generation, not
> because it is 'best', but because 'that's the way things are done
> round here'.
Where did you get the idea I made such a claim?
-- Matt Mahoney, firstname.lastname@example.org
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