I read posts here that call different things, "harmful to humanity." Others call something, "good" or "bad" or "evil."
A very simple question, who gets to decide the definition of "harmful to humanity" and what is there critieria? The same for "good," "bad," and "evil?" These are not material terms. If everything is material isn't there just "is" and not these moral declarations if one is being thoroughly atheist?
Help me understand your position so I am fair and honest about the views. Thanks.
The Dutch are the tallest people, have a long lifespan, and are very healthy. Now, about dogs, you are right. Dogs between the size of foxes and wolves are the most healthy.
Dogly - no pun intended - you might find this interesting:
Thanks, for the list of animal myths. May I call you Archy? (Since I have become familiar with your genealogy, and philosophy, I feel I know you a little.) I knew the ones about mammals and birds, but not the length of a goldfish's memory. I never believed it was only 3 minutes though, because I have known some goldfish. I also knew nothing about the love lives of lobsters. Still, that illustration of the red lobsters getting married may be an error, since they have been boiled and no amount of pheromones will ever arouse them again. Most important of these myths is the one that says not to handle baby birds or their mother will smell us and not go back to them. Many baby birds could have been rescued, but for this myth. In fact birds are fearless in protecting their young, and don't have much of a sense of smell. Thanks, again!
Arch, Archy - what's in a name?
The fact that the female lobster sheds her entire shell to have sex, then grows a new one, really gives a different perspective on, "Take it off, Baby! Take it ALL off!" Probably had her own little lobster stripper pole and everything - lap dance, five clams - I could go on, but mercifully, won't.
My, we're crabby --
I've read that too Tom, about people who have a rare defective gene that results in "giantism" - people who are abnormally tall - but I haven't heard it about tall people in general. Doesn't mean it's not true, could just mean I haven't heard about it.
Giant land mammals tend to have shorter lives. For example large dogs like Irish Wolfhounds and Great Danes don't have long lives as dogs go, on average.
I assume you mean like elephants, who have a 70-year average life span? I'm glad you mentioned mammals, rather than animals, else we would have to include alligators, with a 100-year average life-span, or giant sea turtles, whose life spans are considerable longer.
Do I sense a similarity between you and Chewbacca, in that neither of you can bring yourselves to say, "You know, I could be wro, wro - not entirely correct --"
This is a question often asked of Atheist and a very fair one. Many of course will answer differently but I feel there are at least a few things that make things "good" or "bad."
First off, I would say as an atheist I do not believe that anything is necessarily "good" or "evil" in regards to the universe. However, each society of humans decides together the things that make something good or bad.
It is natural for humans to individually want to survive and to continue on living. These are the reasons we group together (i.e. towns, cities, governments), because in a community it is easier to survive and the community can look out for one another. We are therefore selfishly looking out for our individual well being by being part of the greater community, and it follows that by protecting the greater community we are protecting ourselves.
Things that would cause disorder to that community therefore would be bad. If an individual is going around killing or stealing from people, they are causing disorder and threatening the society as a whole as well as to each individual. Anything that benifits the community, such as helping the poor, would then be deemed good. This is why we have laws and governments, to protect the community from disorder and to create an environment that gives the best chance to live out a full and healthy life from an individual perspective.