New to the site and I have a few questions - Please Help
I am new to this site and I was wondering if a couple of you might be able to explain what it is all about. I read in FAQ that morality is a construct of evolution. I have discussed this idea with friends because often they say that morality "flies in the face" of natural selection. First let me define what I mean by morality. By morality, I mean doing right thing even if it is not in the individual's best interest. For example, I have been confronted by some friends with the question, "why would someone put their life on the line to help another person if they were drowning?" They argued that it is not in anybody's best interest from an evolutionary standpoint to help the drowning person (unless its a guy saving a girl - so let's say a guy saving another guy ) because it gives the person a better chance at expressing his genes in the next generation if the drowning guy dies. They said, from an evolutionary standpoint, it is beneficial to society to let the guy die if he was stupid enough in the first place to swim out there and not strong enough to swim in or if he just couldn't swim, period. They further argued that there is something else inside people that unites them. Some of them took the "we are all god approach but still thought naturalism" was correct based on science. I guess this might work - sort of.... but it definitely confused me. One of my friends suggested reading this guy Deepak Chopra (?). I have read a bit but I was having a hard time reconciling the finite approach of evolution with the "we are one with world approach." Any help would be greatly appreciated?