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← Do we need objective morals?

phil rimmer's Avatar Jump to comment 20 by phil rimmer

All science fiction writers know instinctively that the morals of an intelligent species are rooted in the biology of their bodies and brains and the quirks of their environment. Oxytocin fueled niceness and the presumption of a specific parent child bond will yield irrelevant moral demands of a race of super parrot. Failing to eat your stillborn offspring or your father in a highly food marginal environment, freeing resources for others might be very bad form on Kepler 22b or in Liverpool.

Manufacturing tolerance of any animal, their brain chemistry and variability of context renders the idea of absolute morals...quaint.

Wed, 25 Jul 2012 21:19:33 UTC | #950075