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Philosophers like J Krishnamurti, whilst accepting the fact of physical evolution, deny that any psychological evolution has ever taken place, pointing out that we are just as tribal and caught in our own cultures and belief systems as were 20,000 years ago.

What exactly does psychological evolution even mean?

He also made the point that if we examine ourselves honestly we will find that our so-called morality is actually no morality at all.

Seems like a massive get out clause there to make the claim unfalsifiable. If I examine myself and find my 'so called' morality is actually moral, I'm simply being dishonest. So I either agree with this point or I'm a liar. Perfect.

Atheists may pin their hopes on technology eventually finding a way to cure the human condition, whilst religions hope for some kind of outside intervention from a hypothetical deity.

What is the human condition and why do we need to be cured of it?

Krishnamurti seemed to suggest that arguing about who is right is a meaningless intellectual exercise as the truth lies beyond mere verbal agreement and is to be found in the unbiased examination and understanding of our own nature as it really is, and not in a preoccupation with the endless proliferation of insanities that that same nature has caused in the outside world and the concomitant arguments generated by them. If he is correct and there is neither a personal God and that all future technological advances will be subverted in one way or another by our own lack of morality, then. surely, if there is no psychological transformation of the individual, we are all doomed to a more or less meaningless life, (apart from the spurious meanings that we invent for ourselves) either until the sun gives out or we fall victims to our own inventions.

So take the premise that we all lack morals, call anyone who disagrees a liar, state that we're all doomed - unless we 'psychologically transform' (whatever that means) - to a meaningless life (we're not allowed to decide for ourselves what's meaningful, apparently) and then sit back and look smug.

Sounds like a load of guff.

Fri, 17 Aug 2012 11:25:04 UTC | #950937