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Old 02-21-2019, 07:18 PM   #8266
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What I mean is that an evolutionary derived instinctive moral sense only has authority for me as long as I don't know that it arose merely as a byproduct of evolution. Once I learn that, I no longer have any reason to follow it when it goes against my immediate self interest.
I'm not sure why reason matters here. You can't just decide to turn off feelings based on reasoning. So when you ask

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I don't do that because I know it would be wrong, but where does that idea come from? If you answer that it is engrained into me by evolution, that would certainly explain why I feel the way I do, but still, why should I not override that feeling whenever it is in my self-interest to do so?
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no normal person feels comfortable going against [that instinctive moral sense]
Intellectual knowledge about the origins won't change your actual feelings.
 
  


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