Re: morality and memes

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Date: Mon May 20 2002 - 13:01:53 BST

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    On Monday, May 20, 2002, at 06:54 , Vincent Campbell wrote:

    > Can
    > morals be culturally transmitted, if so, how?

    That definition would seem to be a partially working one. Morals are
    hugely cultural, but, they are also hugely a part of the nature/nurture

    Problems in morality are dealt with in various ways, and it is the
    persecution and punishment of non-accepted conduct that is transmitted,
    through laws and hierarchies and biases and other notices and
    condemnations of society.

    > More
    > fundamentally are morals innate, or culturally produced? If the latter,
    > how/why do some spread more than others? Are what we perceive of as
    > innate
    > values, actually environmentally specific- which I mean in a way
    > distinct
    > from culturally specific (e.g. isolated communities favouring polygamy
    > due
    > to a gender imbalance).

    Morals are like what we eat- the hunger is innate, but a lot of the
    actual food is memetic.

    The memetics of vegetarianism vs. the morality of monogamy, for instance.

    - Wade

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