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Old 11-05-2006, 03:45 AM   #81
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You do realize that by arguing in favor of moral relativism, Windu6, that your constant anti-nazi screed seems a little neurotic. W/o objective standards of morality, there is no reason not to kill people if you've the power to do so. It's not "nice", but then why should that matter. With no definite good or evil, all actions are basically amoral in nature and equally "good" or "bad". Subjective morality is a thinly veiled defence for people who feel that they should be ablee to do ANYTHING they like, regardless of the consequences of such actions. It is somewhat symptomatic of increasingly narcisistic cultures.
Well, I hate the evil of the Nazis that much so if it makes me seem neurotic, then so be it.


As for the topic; the possible contradiction of moral relativism just is going to have to be accepted as a conclusion to live with.
Since we don't know the morality of existence.

The only people I am going to believe with some confidence, that are amoral are the ones that lack no emotions or contain no empathy.

I don't think there is no practical way, not an impossible way to be objective in defining the principles of right or wrong or good of evil.
Since we all have emotions and linked good or evil feelings for each other.
And any development of morality standards seem to stem from these properties.

I agree, that it is just is going to have to be a choice to follow the path of the light or the path of the darkside for the individual.

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Old 11-05-2006, 03:22 PM   #82
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Well, if we're to operate via Lucasian logic (re SWRoS), then you can't be a moral relativist if you're sith, only jedi. Kinda funny when the "good guys" can't differentiate good from evil.
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Old 11-05-2006, 04:15 PM   #83
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Well, if we're to operate via Lucasian logic (re SWRoS), then you can't be a moral relativist if you're sith, only jedi. Kinda funny when the "good guys" can't differentiate good from evil.
I don't know if one can differentiate between good or evil.
Since we don't know if a choice of morality is the way or no choice of morality.
We are not sure if we live in a evil universe, where evil is suppose to rule all.
Or a neutral universe, where it is suppose to be left as a choice of the specific inhabitants to form their own morality standards; good or evil.
This will remain an uncertainty, in my opinion until we obtain the rules of existence that will possibly tell us which interpretation is the truth.

I believe we live in a neutral universe; so good or evil vied for power or a neutral that influence both *cough* Kreia.
Unless I'm missing something else.

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Old 11-05-2006, 09:31 PM   #84
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So...your stance on morality is that the UNIVERSE itself dictates what is a proper morality?

Could you perhaps clarify that because it makes approximately no sense to me at the moment.



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Old 11-05-2006, 09:45 PM   #85
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The Force? Or maybe it's the times he's referring to: Dirty Harry was a vigilante cop in the 70's but was regarded as a hero by the time Sudden Impact was made.
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Old 11-05-2006, 10:08 PM   #86
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I don't know if one can differentiate between good or evil.
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I don't get that impression from your holocaust posts. You consistently label Hitler and the Nazis as mankind's greatest evil. So, if you can apparently make that distinction, why do you think others cannot?
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Old 11-06-2006, 03:40 AM   #87
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So...your stance on morality is that the UNIVERSE itself dictates what is a proper morality?
Maybe, we don't know if the universe is a living entity, ET.
I am assuming with your strict use of logic you probably won't ever accept that possibility.

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Could you perhaps clarify that because it makes approximately no sense to me at the moment.
Well, my belief is the possible existence of the Force.

All the matter in the universe is linked in the Quantum-Vacuum(zero-point field region) of spacetime.
By the interaction of all the wavefunctions of all the living inhabitents in the universe, through the Quantum-Vacuum's and inertia quantize standing wave or fluctuating mass fields and energy fields fluctuations(Quantum Field Theory) of all the matter present in the universe.
So the theory that is out there is that our collective consciousness is linked through this Quantum-Vacuum.

My theory of the physics of the Force:

Electrons that are the lowest forms of matter that can transmit information, they can transmit this information faster than light to other electrons throughout the universe.
This effect is called Spooky action at a distance.
It is also called quantum entanglement, this is when two different electrons have different spin states that if one spin state is change for one particle the other electron spin state will change simultaneously.
The space seperation distance don't matter, their states will change faster than light no matter how far they are apart.This effect can be interpreted as the influence Obi-Wan Kenobi had through the Force when Alderan was destroyed by the Death Star in Ep VI:A New Hope.
The disturbance he felt obviously was transmitted faster than light.

So electrons and all matter is linked throughout the universe by the manipulation of a hidden variable that is maybe the hyperspace of science fiction.
A extra dimension of space where electron quantum leap orbital energy transitions is theorize to take place in, as define as the orbital transitions that occur inside the atom when the atom interact with photons.

Our consciousness which work by the physics of electromgnetism, can be thought as information or entropy that maybe can be exchange through all the collective consciousness of all the life in the universe.
By way of the vacuum energy fluctuations of this hyperspace of the Quantum-Vacuum.
So like cells in molecular living matter, the collective consciousness of the living beings in the universe may work in mutual cooperation to make the universe information content act like a living entity that have different quantum chaotic entropy states, like for example the molecular living cells biochemistry states.
Also a similar example, is when cells absorb or expel biochemical energy or change the configurations of biochemical states as the cells interact with their environment.

This collective consciousness of the quantum linked chaotic states of this collective entity, may have different influences on the consciousness of each specific inhabitent's emotional potential energy states and the mutual empathy information kinetic energy exchange of the consciousness electromagnetic field energy values.
The information kinetic energy exchange of the consciousness electromagnetic field energy occurs between specific individuals, because of the of the feelings we have for each other. Feelings in my definition is the information kinetic energy exchange of the mutual consciousness of individuals.

So depending on the configuration of quantum linked chaotic entropy states and the effects it's influences will have on the emotions and empathy of the inhabitents of this universe.
Any changes to the quantum entropy states will have specific effects on the life in the universe that can cause major changes to the emotions of a linked collective consciousness of that life that can inturn also have major effects on empathy states between the life individuals, in which these action effects can be possibly interpreted as good or evil entities; for Star Wars the lightside energy or the darkside energy.


Also since good or evil maybe left as the choice of the specific inhabitents, the quantum chaotic energy configurations states can affect the specific inhabitents emotions and feelings in such extreme ways that the collective consciousness of all the life in the universe may develop specific entities, that will have probably also have definite quantum choatic entropy energy locations spread throughout the universe that can either be define as evil in some locations or define as good in other locations throughout the universal entity. That will depend on the level of evil thoughts and the level of good thoughts throughout the linked consciousness of the life forms, that the universal entity is made of and manipulation by the life forms specific consciousness that whole universal entity is affected by.

This is another possible explanation for good or evil, in my opinion.
Well, in a Quantum Physics definition.

This is why I have been believing for while that the Force maybe a real entity in this universe because of the quantum entanglement of matter.

For people who are clueless or don't understand the concept of the Force:

What I am trying to say that our thoughts and other life forms thoughts that are linked by quantum entanglement , be they good or evil thoughts probably make the universe function like a living being as a whole.
The concentration of the level of good or evil thoughts throughout the universe will create specific regions throughout the universe that will be polarize to more evil or more good that is dependent on the connected interacted consciousness of all the life in the universe.
These specific regions will determine the relative moral standards, that will be in the alignment of either positive good or negative evil standards for the life forms in those specific regions.
Also since our collective thoughts will also interact with the nonliving matter because our thoughts functions via the electromagnetic field energy of the Milky Way's elecromagnetic field, that is also linked Quantum Mechanically by entanglement, to all the protons, neutrons and electrons that all elemental matter in this universe at least, is made of.

The stars and the planets of the this galaxy will have those same concentrations of the so called good energy or evil energy, that is spread chaotically through our universe for the specific galaxies and the specific life forms all those galaxies contains.


This explanation of course, can be understood to Star Wars fans at least, as some planets strong in the darkside or some planets strong in the lightside.

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Old 11-06-2006, 03:57 AM   #88
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I don't get that impression from your holocaust posts. You consistently label Hitler and the Nazis as mankind's greatest evil. So, if you can apparently make that distinction, why do you think others cannot?
Well, in my bias emotions and empathy filled opinion.
I am going to accept the Nazis as the greatest evil of mankind.
Because of my own moral relativism.
I don't give a damn if they aren't accepted as the most evil by some others.
But for everybody else, I am and others who have as much rage as me of the evil of those demons.
People who is mad as me will just have to keep reminding people throughout the world every now then.
To make sure that evil never happen again.
But that is na´ve thinking because this evil will probably happen again.
The world just keep repeating history.

Their possible reasons are they don't want to, don't care or those others don't believe that they were pure evil as I and others do.

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Old 11-06-2006, 04:54 AM   #89
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Yes, Nancy you guested it before anyone else here did.
You must have paid great attention to my post in that ,"God answers prayers" thread.

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Old 11-06-2006, 07:06 PM   #90
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Okay, Windu's a darned troll. In my considered opinion, and based on considerable evidence, he is consistently hijacking threads. He is then self-consciously ranting on about insane drivel, in order to attract some sort of ire or attention... or whatever trolls desire.

Look, if I'm totally wrong, he's still incoherent and more than a little unhinged. If I'm right, then he's actively malicious.

Please, please please, do something about this person, mods.

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However, these two questions lead me to the conclusion that whoever is aware of the fact that he can act in a way that will "destroy" life, or will be harmful or affect other lifeforms in a somewhat negative way, has responsibility to avoid doing so.
Couldn't agree more. A surfeit of intelligence doesn't just confer the ability to be moral, it also confers the responsibility to be moral. And I think that's mainly due to the fact that opportunity equals responsibility. The rich have a greater responsibility to use their money morally than do the poor. The strong have a greater responsibility to use their strength morally than do the weak. And the intelligent have a greater responsibility to be moral people than do the muppets.

If you CAN be moral... you MUST be moral. Or... erm... you're immoral.

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So we must only use objective tools to measure the suffering of others. In some cases it is pretty simple to do this. This action kills a frog that action does not. A computer program could be written around that logical determination. We can use our reasoning, logic, calculations, forecasting and all other traits that a computer might use to make a decision. But we're missing somethingůsomething human.

Oh here it is. In the quote above, "quality of empathy" plays a role in determining the amount of suffering. That's quite human. But can "empathy" be considered objective in its measurements? Doesn't familiarity and love skew the amount of empathy felt towards a person, an animal, or even a species? If so that would make empathy a subjective quality (eg. I love different people than you do). Is it immoral to allow love into the equation? If we disallow such emotions, doesn't that make empathy "empty"? We might as well use a computer (or be a Vulcan).
Wrongu! That quote of mine doesn't say anything of the sort. The quoted paragraph has- quite clearly- contained within it the phrase: "We apply our reasoning powers to discern what will cause suffering and death to others, and then we strive to the best of our ability not to engage in such actions."

Empathy doesn't play any sort of role in "determining" the amount of suffering that another creature is enduring. I've made it very clear in my previous posts that sense and reason are the only tools for determining whether a creature is suffering, and to what degree. Empathy is the ROOT of morality. Not the totality of morality. I'll go through my statements once more:

Empathy leads us to realise that others suffer and that the lives of others have value. (Not merely our own life.) Logic and reason are then employed to determine:

1. What actions will cause a creature suffering or death (so that we can avoid those actions);
2. Whether we are currently causing any creature suffering or death (so that we can desist.)
3. Whether we have caused suffering or death in the past (so that we can make amends.)

Logic is also employed to come to the inevitable conclusion that morality must be a universally applied standard, or it is not morality.

Empathy is the beginning of morality. Without empathy one has no REASON to become moral. Without empathy there can be no sense that other creatures have intrinsic worth. But since morality must be a universal standard, it must be a set of principles that are logically arrived at.

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Let's say we have a scenario that is not a simple either-or situation, but one that's more continuous in its shades of possible choices. If we look at the second assertion (morality is objective), we should expect any third party to arrive at the same moral conclusion as ourselves if we all have the same objective evidence and understanding of that evidence.
Exactly. And the reason that two people- with the same desire to be moral- may arrive at two different conclusions, one more moral than the other, is that one of them has a lesser comprehension of the available evidence.

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But also, somehow, we must all have this same quality of empathy irregardless of whatever predispositions we arrived with so that the factors in our equation will be the same. That is, you must love the same people, animals, and plants as I do and to the same degree and vice versa. I think it suffices to say that we have no way of knowing whether emotional states are identical between two people, much less controlling them to become so.
You're confusing "love" with "empathy". Love is feeling affection for another creature. Empathy is the ability to put yourself in the shoes of another creature. Very different. I don't have to "love" a snail to feel empathy and a sense that its life has intrinsic value, because its life is like my own life. One can empathise with creatures one dislikes very much, in fact.

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If we allow that, then it follows that two individuals even with the most powerful abilities of cognition and desire for morality, when faced with the same circumstances may arrive at different choices because they bring with them different sets of emotional ties to the targets of their action.
Any man who wishes to be moral but allows his emotional baggage to affect decisions which should be logical and sensible... isn't being moral. As I've said a dozen times at least. It may be understandably human to allow your emotions to rule you... but it ain't moral.

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Aside: Spider AL, I am impressed by your post, by its consistency and its entirety. Your arguments can stand on their own, so it isn't necessary to point your language in second person quite so often. It detracts from what would otherwise be a pleasant argument.
I get a sense that you have some grievance that you wish to make me aware of, but I really think you could be clearer. After all, if I am to address your arguments directly, (and distinctly from the arguments of others,) it is most expedient to refer to "you".


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You're confusing "love" with "empathy". Love is feeling affection for another creature. Empathy is the ability to put yourself in the shoes of another creature. Very different. I don't have to "love" a snail to feel empathy and a sense that its life has intrinsic value, because its life is like my own life. One can empathise with creatures one dislikes very much, in fact.

Ah, the light bulb went on for me here. I completely understand now. So perfect empathy would be almost akin to telepathy where the person would know the experience of suffering of another. And to the extent which we're capable of experiencing empathy is the extent which we are able to accurately apply our actions in a moral way. That makes sense.

The ability to break out of our own limited experience makes objectivity of morality possible. Empathy is the tool to do that.


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Windu6, please attempt to read what others are saying and do not spam the thread with posts that (to me anyway) are unintelligible and in any case irrelevant to the topic being discussed (how the imaginary concept of the Force works, etc.), as well as multiple posting. As Spider AL points out it is at worse trolling and at best spamming.

In either case, please stop. This is your warning.

This is a good debate, and I'd like to see it stay that way...

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Windu6, please attempt to read what others are saying and do not spam the thread with posts that (to me anyway) are unintelligible and in any case irrelevant to the topic being discussed (how the imaginary concept of the Force works, etc.), as well as multiple posting. As Spider AL points out it is at worse trolling and at best spamming.

In either case, please stop. This is your warning.

This is a good debate, and I'd like to see it stay that way...
I was not spaming or trolling go right ahead agree with that flamer Spider AL.
I was talking about the topic of moral relativism.
But since that is your opinion I will delete the post.
I thought that I was on a star wars fourm.
Oh well !
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I was not spaming or trolling go right ahead agree with that flamer Spider AL.
AL was not flaming. You were at the very least spamming.

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But since that is your opinion I will delete the post.
That is not your job. Leave the thread management to the moderators. I have undeleted the post so that responses remain in context.

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I thought that I was on a star wars fourm.
But you are in the Senate Chambers, which are for serious topics and discussion only. The discussion of how the Force technically might work does not in any way fall in that category. If you wish to discuss Star Wars topics there are many other sections that are much more appropriate.

In any event, the matter is closed. If you want to discuss it further, my PM box is at your disposal.

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