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Old 26th April 2017, 03:55 AM   #81
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Well, murder is obviously wasteful, since human flesh tastes so bad. And if you don't eat the people you kill, their corpses pose as serious health risk (and olfactory nuisance).

So except for special circumstances, we can objectively say that, yes, murder is wrong with or without a deity.
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Old 29th April 2017, 07:27 PM   #82
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"We are genetically inclined to be social animals, and we cannot create social structures that allow us to live as we wish if we have, in our midst, people like Ted Bundy, it just wouldn't work. So, he's defective, and we either kill him, or lock him up, or exile him so that he and his ilk don't interfere with our lives.

That answer isn't very palatable to a lot of folks. We want to be able to say that our condemnation of those things we call evil is not simply a matter of opinion, nor just some matter of convenience for creating stable societies. We want it to be the case that there are things that are really, truly, evil, in a meaningful way. That answer cannot be justified without some sort of non-scientific assertion.[/quote]

I've struggled for a long time to understand what the difference is between "evil", sheer hatred and/or indifference for other human beings, or the expression of a mental illness.

When it comes to neuroscience, I'm not sure there is a lot of difference.

When it comes to theology, there's probably a lot of difference.

Interesting.
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