I think it's more fruitful to consider consciousness and empathy (among other things) as scalar and variable, not as a binary all or nothing. So we can include observations and study of variations of consciousness and Empathy of animals, one's lifespan (e.g. from womb to tomb), or even daily variations (e.g. mind-altered by sickness or drugs, sleep vs wake vs trance, and so on).
Consciousness "with" empathy has ambiguity; is consciousness merely affected by empathy, or perhaps not…Continue
The naturalist understanding of morality asserts that we have evolved empathy as an impetus to cooperation. Combined with personal experience, empathy leads most of us to a "Golden Rule" sense of morality. From experience, I know what hurts me: with empathy, I know the same things likely hurt you too. Experience and empathy is all we need to decide most moral matters. "Do unto…Continue
I don't normally like writing blogs - takes me too long to hone what I want to write into something that I am happy sharing, and the inspiration to write passes.
But I was linked to this blog entry today and I think it is important enough to share. Here is the link. Here is an excerpt:
Today I don’t have to think about men who don’t believe no means…Continue
As I will argue, below, if a prerequisite of “true” Christianity is to follow Jesus, then nobody is a true Christian. The very reason for this also reveals our tacit acknowledgement that religious morality is subordinated to our innate human morality.
Nobody in their right mind, Christian or not, would fully obey Jesus. Do you know any Christians who abandon their worldly goods and rely on God to feed, clothe and shelter them? Of course not! But that's what Jesus…Continue
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