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DavidMcC's Avatar Jump to comment 8 by DavidMcC

Richard: "Let's put it even more bluntly. From a rational choice point of view, or from a Darwinian point of view, human super niceness is just plain dumb."
I see religion, and, separately, morality as manifestations of emotion in modifying what would otherwise be "cold reason". Yet emotions are clearly a mixed bag of things that appeal and don't appeal to us atheists. When it comes to science, one needs cold reason, but we cannot always apply it in politics, otherwise we could become murderous machines - social animals without the positive social emotions of morality. It is regrettable that emotion gets applied to politics through religion instead of directly.

Sat, 31 Mar 2007 03:22:00 UTC | #26491