ETHICS of the MIND

ETHICS ISSUES:  SCIENCE and the MIND

“Mind is the complex of cognitive faculties that enables consciousness, thinking, reasoning, perception, feeling and judgment…”  So says Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia.  Notice that the term is mind, not the mind.  Mind is not a physical thing, but instead a metaphysical ‘complex of faculties’ (abilities, capacities), a function of the brain and nervous system (things of substance).  While mind is not material, it still is. Without it we would be not.

Your mind is yours alone, working within your individual self.  It processes information that comes from without as well as what it itself generates, combining real and imagined data, random associations, unique experiences and every other input seen or unseen, heard or unheard, touched or untouched, smelled or unsmelled, tasted or not, to create an increasingly unique (metaphysical) structure. The process doesn’t follow a direct

ETHICS UNWRAPPED: THE BOOK

The following is excerpted from the book To Tell The Truth… Ethics Unwrapped.  We will continue to provide excerpts from the book in future posts.  In the meantime you may wish to read the entire book (?!) 

TO TELL THE TRUTH…  INTRODUCTION

You are the most important person in your life.  But who are you, really?  Well, who you are is what you do with what you are-–the gender, race, and distinctive physical makeup you were born with:  male, female, black, white, tall, short, whatever, a totally unique human being in the same world with countless other totally unique human beings, each with a brain weighing in the neighborhood of three pounds and the same universal truths to work with. You breathe air and your heart pumps blood.  Gravity works as well for you as for anyone else. Your

ETHICS = TRUTH

ALL ABOUT ETHICS, ALL ABOUT TRUTH

Some of you may wonder what philosophers do. I can’t speak for others, but I’ll tell you what I do:  Mostly I try to solve the world’s problems by thinking about them in different ways.

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…What it’s all about

And we have a problem so massive and overpowering that many of us don’t even see it. It affects so many people and institutions so deeply that untold millions of us think that it’s the way things are.  We assume it as a necessary part of life, and live on a daily basis without even thinking about it.  Perhaps it’s even the way it should be.  But I don’t think so, and I think that you might agree.

Let me ask you something: How do you deal with someone you can’t trust?  Oh, I suppose you can on

ETHICS: YOUR FUTURE

BELIEVE WHAT YOU ALREADY KNOW and BECOME WHO YOU REALLY ARE

What follows is from Chapter Nine of To Tell The Truth…, Ethics Unwrapped, available from this website as well as Amazon.  See also the BLOG of April 17, entitled Nothing Matters.

 

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…What it’s all about

While the mind is how the brain relates individuals beyond themselves, its use necessarily is limited to terms that its owner can deal with.  But while our minds require our brains, the ubiquitous potency of the universe does not.  In other words, there remains a dimension that is the essence of our existence, a vital incorporeal part of life itself that pervades our being.  It exists within us as well as in all of space without us, connecting each of us to not only every other one of us, but every corner of the universe, perhaps beyond.

ETHICS: PRIVILEGES, VALUES and RULES

The following is excerpted from the book To Tell The Truth… Ethics Unwrapped.  We will continue to provide excerpts from the book in future posts.  In the meantime you may wish to read the entire book (?!) 

ETHICS: PRIVILEGES, VALUES and RULES

Society does not persuade us to be perfect, only to “go along to get along” for the good of the many. In fact, society and its laws persuade us to be alike, not unique, because it is easier to deal with, and regulate, similar entities.  It is within this framework, not ethics, that our society’s rules and laws are written:  just accept society’s values and obey its laws, and everyone will get along.

GROUP PRIVILEGES, VALUES and RULES

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…What it’s all about

Any society needs a system of rules within which its members can operate to the general benefit. These rules are founded

ETHICS: RIGHTS, PRIVILEGES and VALUES

ETHICS:  PRIVILEGES and VALUES

The following is excerpted from the book To Tell The Truth… Ethics Unwrapped.  We will continue to provide excerpts from the book in future posts.  In the meantime you may wish to read the entire book (?!) 
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…What it’s all about

PRIVILEGES

We’ve noted that in writing its laws, society necessarily employs definitions appropriate to its aims.  Just as with equality, it has in fact done exactly that with the word rights. The law tells us that we have, for instance, “the right to remain silent.”  But we already own that right (to speak or not to speak is a matter of individual choice) and certain others as well, independent of society and before its law.  Our rights as human beings are absolute–givens.  What society’s law bestows are more properly privileges.  Privileges, like any group