Re: virus: Logic

Tim Rhodes (
Wed, 8 Oct 1997 11:04:31 -0700 (PDT)

On Tue, 7 Oct 1997, Nathaniel Hall wrote:

> Not at all. I claim values are objective not subjective. The trick is to
> have an understanding of reality to the point that your values are close
> to objectivity if not right in sync.

Wow, your way out there, Nateman. Do you think YOU know enough about
objective reality at this point in time to base your values on it? What
if you we wrong? What about in the pas, say 200 years ago when...

> Slavery was for a large part of human history an accepted norm.

What if what your basing YOUR morals on turns out to be just as wrong in
200 years? Why in NOW the first time humans have understood objective
reality enough to get the moral answers right? Why not 200 years ago?
Why not until 200 years FROM now?

I once heard it said, "Patriotism is the belief that your country is the
best by virtue of you being born in it."

Is there a era-centric word analogous to "patriotism", Nateman?
In 200 years will your ancestors talk about your views will they say:

> (Did) you honestly believe then that it was moral and good?

-Prof. Tim