Re: Fw: Friendliness and blank-slate goal bootstrap

From: Samantha Atkins (
Date: Mon Jan 19 2004 - 23:26:18 MST

I am not sure who said:

> > Ever since the emergence of life on earth (our understanding
> > of which is a bit murky) everything that went on in the
> > biosphere fits very well the description offered by
> > evolution. So how can we have an objective morality
> > unless it is self-same as evolution?

Everything in the biosphere does not fit very well with "the description offered by evolution". Evolution explains some of the aspects of the biosphere, nowhere near all. That is no reason for an assumption that morality must be "self-same" (whatever that means) as evolution. The birth of morality in evolving intelligence creatures is tied up in evolution. But this does not mean that morality, or ourselves for that matter, are limited to what can be attributed to evolution for all time.


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