MORAL SCIENCE

“MORAL SCIENCE”

 Until science can answer the question: “How was the universe formed?” (and more importantly “Why?”) it should limit its interests to the physical/objective world.  Leave the spiritual/subjective (including morality) to the metaphysicists (yes, there are such people).

 

The basis of everything including morality is TRUTH, an absolute.  Truth is simply what is.  It is monistic, not dualistic; it has no opposite, only an absence of it. Untruths are its absence, not its opposite, just as nothing is the absence of something and darkness of light.  Right/wrong and good/bad are opposites—both subjective.

 

Honesty is applied truth—not debatable.  Ideally, ethics deals with honesty and therefore truth.  Morality is defined by some as applied ethics, tying it inextricably to truth, but in the real world it deals with right/wrong and good/bad, both subjective values.  Scientific laws are insufficient to account

ETHICS and CLIMATE CHANGE II

ETHICAL ISSUES:  CLIMATE CHANGE

Yes, the earth’s climate is changing, and no, there’s no need for immediate panic.  That about sums up the current state of affairs re: global warming.

In the first place, personal experience suggests that the climate IS getting warmer, at least in the US.  I support that view because I’ve witnessed winters becoming somewhat milder over my 75 years of life on this planet.    But is there any reason to panic?  No.  The earth is in an interglacial stage, a perfectly natural phenomenon supported by the geological record.  That said:

The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) completed a controversial study a few years ago supporting the political drive to control carbon emissions, concluding that man is primarily responsible for the ‘global warming’ reportedly underway.  Soon afterward, it was found that the study was biased–far

ETHICS: YES, WE REALLY NEED IT

ETHICS ISSUES: THE NEED for ETHICS

Ethics is about what’s right, good and true, and being ethical is all about ‘doing the right thing.’  Sounds simple enough—define ‘right’ properly and you’re well on your way.  Well, what is ‘right’?  What’s right for some may not be right for others. What’s right in one situation may not be right in another.  What’s right at one particular time may not be right at another.

The same goes for good. Being ethical is also about doing good.  Well, what is ‘good’?  What’s good for one may not be good for another, etcetera, etcetera.

But there’s hope.  What’s ethical must perforce be true, and here we have an anchor, for truth is not relative.    Truth is an—theoverarching principle, the first of first principles in fact, and as such is

ETHICS and IMMIGRATION

Our current immigration policy is unethical.

Truth has no agenda

…believe it…

Our immigration system is structured to grant citizenship (or residency) status based on family reunification, needed work skills, or capital investment. It also covers refugees and those seeking asylum based on political persecution and provides as well a lottery for people who have less pressing immigration needs. The procedure for gaining legal immigrant status differs with, among other factors, the path a potential immigrant is eligible to pursue based on employment, education, or family situation. U.S. immigration laws also cover entry into the country for almost any other purpose, including temporary stays beyond a certain length of time.

The first thing to do is to control our borders and enforce current immigration laws

Immigration law is open to interpretation; however, it does provide enough qualifying criteria to be valuable. For instance, not every relative is eligible, and some spouses and children

ETHICS: A TALE OF TWO ETHICS

ETHICS ISSUES:  LIBERALISM, PROGRESSIVISM and The Rest

The study of ethics goes back at least to the birth of philosophy some 2500 years ago, with Socrates positing that ethical truth was not only rational but demonstrably absolute.  Plato expanded on this thought, and since then countless philosophers have put in their two cents worth with no visible damage to Socrates’s original conjecture.  Aristotle’s subsequent metaphysics defined ethics as “virtue as a means to happiness,” opening the door to scholastic conflict and beginning a long history of questioning just what is meant by happiness (and virtue, for that matter).  Truth, however, remains sacrosanct despite all assaults (and opinions).

forever

There’s nothing mysterious about it…

The rapid proliferation of newspapers, journals and literary salons in the 18th Century caused an explosion in mass communication that encouraged public venues where ideas, political and otherwise, could be discussed, developed and

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