A question of ethical source and application
I have three questions:
1. Can atheism really produce an ethical model that can both explain ethics, and provide ethical norms?
I analized deludedgod's essay on ethics for this question. It effectively explains ethical activity, but it has a serious lack in applicability. As that it is caused by "neuroplasticity," it can either be applied to how individuals are raised or to whole society. The application of the one leads to all actions of any individual being by nature correct (and undermines clinical insanity, I might add.) The other leads to an absolute majority.
If someone will explain how these applications of ethical conduct can be rectified so as to avoid either extreme, I will concede the point. Until then, I will view deludedgod's ethical model as lacking applicability.
2. What is "wrong" with social darwinism?
I know that the whole application of social darwinism from the late 1800's to the 1950's are unpopular here. Why? Is there something inherently wrong with social darwinism that can be logically explained, or is this unpopularity just the result of a gut reaction, a conscious knowledge of being associated with social darwinism makes you unpopular, or some combination of the two?
Related note: Why should we protect endangered species? (Social darwinism applied to preservation)
3. Capitalism functions by having cooperative greed work toward satisfying more demands. Given that evolution works by populations having internal conflicts and man can use capitalism, can it be said that man has evolved beyond evolvability, or that evolution can no longer influence humanity by eliminating the weak, and therefore differential reproduction is the only means that humanity can evolve further?
Does this mean that birth control should be either outlawed, or enforced by law to some individuals?
Related note: If "Man has control of his own evolution" as some scientists have said, does this mean that either we should apply eugenics laws, genetic manipulations, or both? If not, why so?
"Truth is the cry of all, but the game of the few." George Berkeley
"Truth is always strange — stranger than fiction." Lord Byron
Fixing the world, one dumb idea at a time.