17th September 2011

“It seems that in many cultures religious concepts and beliefs have become the standard way of conceptualising moral intuitions. This link is not a necessary one, many people have become so accustomed to using it, that criticism targeted at religion is experienced as a fundamental threat to our moral existence.”

Marc D. Hauser

5 Responses to “17th September 2011”

  1. R J Says:

    this CANT come as a surprise .

    mushy brains are incapable of evaluative thought .

  2. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    “A man’s ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.” ~ Albert Einstein

    I find myself to be in complete agreement with this quotation.

  3. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    It isn’t so much that I’d object to someone teaching me moral, or telling me what is right or wrong, I can decide for myself whether I but into what they are saying. My beef is with the “who” that is doing the teaching and telling.

    This is why when I examine the old and new testaments, or the koran, or other religious writings and practices that I find significant reason to reject the teachings of religion. I don’t think morality and religion are compatible.

    We spoke of Sam Harris yesterday and his ideas of science defining morality on the basis of human flourishing simply has more credibility.

  4. archaeopteryx Says:

    Great quotation from Einstein, Sinjin. Based on yesterday’s exchanges, I have bought the kindle version of “Doubt”. I am really looking forward to reading it. Thanks!

  5. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    Great Arch, It was a wonderful read for me, I hope you too will enjoy.