Morality Without Invisible Support

by Luke Muehlhauser on May 26, 2009 in Ethics,News

I did a guest post at Unreasonable Faith called Morality Without Invisible Support. It’s basically a blurb for desire utilitarianism, like that trailer I made a while back. I’ll be answering questions over there in the comments.

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cartesian May 26, 2009 at 7:38 am

You may be interested in this forthcoming issue of Phil Christi:

http://www.epsociety.org/blog/2009/05/symposium-did-god-mandate-genocide.asp

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Lorkas May 26, 2009 at 8:52 am

Looks daunting, cartesian

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Chuck May 26, 2009 at 9:18 am

Great post. You may want to think about tweaking the example about the hand on the hot stove. As I understand it, when you accidentally touch a hot stove, your hand moves even before your brain registers that it was hot. It’s part of your autonomic nervous system. Brain states don’t play a role.

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Lorkas May 26, 2009 at 12:48 pm

OT, but the California Supreme Court ruled against gay rights today :(

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Reginald Selkirk May 26, 2009 at 12:48 pm

Chuck: As I understand it, when you accidentally touch a hot stove, your hand moves even before your brain registers that it was hot.

I don’t think this is fully correct, as worded. Perhaps if you said, “your hand moves before your conscious mind even registers that it was hot.”

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Lorkas May 26, 2009 at 12:49 pm

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Lorkas May 26, 2009 at 12:55 pm

Are you sure, Reginald? The spinal cord acts as the integrating center in the withdrawal reflex, so the “decision” to move the hand definitely occurs before the brain receives the signal.

I’m not sure whether the signal from spinal cord to hand (withdraw!) or the signal from spinal cord to brain (hot!) arrives first, but it’s not relevant in the reflex arc, anyway.

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Chuck May 26, 2009 at 9:05 pm

Finished reading the comments over there. You don’t seem to be getting a very warm welcome… :/

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Marco May 27, 2009 at 1:21 pm

What? He has over 130 replies and you don’t call that a warm welcome? He struck a nerve, that’s for sure, but that’s a sign that he has challenged ideas.

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