Re: Evil ? (was: Hypostases (was: Natural Order & Belief)

From: Bruno Marchal <>
Date: Sun, 24 Dec 2006 17:01:51 +0100

Le 24-déc.-06, à 11:49, Stathis Papaioannou a écrit :

> I'm not sure that this is what you meant, but there is in a sense an
> objective basis to the personal or subjective, which is simply that
> when I say I feel or desire something, this is an empirical statement:
> either I do feel it or I am lying. Also, there is an objective
> explanation for why I have the feeling in terms of neurophysiology,
> evolution and so on. But this is not enough for some people and they
> think, for example, that there must be more to "love" than just
> particular feelings and the scientific basis for these feelings. But
> this mysterious love-substance would appear to make no difference
> whatsoever. The evidence is that if certain chemical reactions occur,
> the love feeling also occurs, and these chemical reactions occur
> because they have evolved that way to assist bonding with family,
> community and so on. That explanation covers everything, and the
> love-substance remains superfluous and undetectable, inviting Occam's
> Razor to cut it down.

I can agree completely but as you expect I will ask you to cut *any*
substance once you bet on comp. Not just love-substance, but
neuron-substance as well.

(Or explain me at which step of the UDA reasoning you feel unconvinced,
thanks ;-)

... of course we can believe in neurons and ... love. No need of any
substances ... (more exactly, with comp, substances can't help).


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