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TomJrzk December 10th, 2006 04:17 PM

Morality is Based on Social Instincts
 
Yet more evidence. http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?art...7AB&sc=I100322 says:

Quote:

Originally Posted by www.sciAm.com
Sympathy, empathy, right and wrong are feelings that we share with other animals; even the best part of human nature, the part that cares about ethics and justice, is also part of nature.

We never needed a supreme being to give us morality; it's in our genes, as is all of Evolutionary Psychology.

James Brody December 11th, 2006 05:08 PM

Re: Morality is Based on Social Instincts
 
Morality a social instinct...no problem!

Be aware, there are "stories" in EP, some of them of a fundamental nature, spun from information that was available at the time...

Thanks for your posting!

JimB

Janet Doron December 12th, 2006 02:44 AM

Re: Morality is Based on Social Instincts
 
Right, that's both logical and demonstrable.
But it brings to mind a related issue:

It is harder for me to trace back (from an EP point of view) the roots of what is described as a psychological need for self-transcendence, and to point to its contribution to survival/society, especially considering the fact that this is usually an individual rather than a social experience. Any thoughts or references would be welcome !

Janet.

TomJrzk December 12th, 2006 11:39 AM

Re: Morality is Based on Social Instincts
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Janet Doron
the roots of what is described as a psychological need for self-transcendence...Any thoughts

I have thoughts, but they might not even apply to what you're asking.

My thought is that our first goal is survival. Also, we have the capacity to realize that our bodies will not last forever. The conflict between those ideas forces us to look beyond ourselves for immortality.


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