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On Monday, May 20, 2002, at 06:54 , Vincent Campbell wrote:
> 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.
> fundamentally are morals innate, or culturally produced? If the latter,
> how/why do some spread more than others? Are what we perceive of as
> values, actually environmentally specific- which I mean in a way
> from culturally specific (e.g. isolated communities favouring polygamy
> 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.
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