So in other words you agree with Lovecraft that only egotism exists?

As I commented on What Would You Do Without Morality?:

I expect I'll keep on doing what I'm doing, which is trying to work out what I actually want. [...] So far I haven't lapsed into nihilist catatonia or killed everyone or destroyed the economy. This suggests that assuming a morality is not a requirement for not behaving like a sociopath. I have friends and it pleases me to be nice to them and I have a lovely girlfriend and a lovely three year old daughter who I spend most of my life's efforts on trying to bring up and on the prerequisites to that.

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16cousin_it9yWha? There's no law of nature forcing all my goals to be egotistical. If I saw a kitten about to get run over by a train, I'd try to save it. The fact that insectoid aliens may not adore kittens doesn't change my values one bit.

Open Thread, April 2011

by ata 1 min read2nd Apr 2011111 comments


It seems we have agreed that open threads will continue but that they will go in the Discussion section, so here's this month's thread.