as nature intended – 2

Another culturally embedded phrase in addition to “just as nature intended” refers to “letting nature take its course.”  Excuse me?  …its course??  Again, nature has no intentions… as if it had some magical ability to transcend itself and perceive the course of its own history… in other words, as if nature were supernatural.

toothpaste & philosophical ethics

Ethics has been on the brain for a while – particularly how ethics are formed and shaped by value-judgments about the quality of a given thing.  I’ve did a little image a while back mapping my current understanding of how ethics works philosophically: ontology (what is it?) precedes teleology (what is it for?), which precedes… Continue reading toothpaste & philosophical ethics

it’s going good

This post – in less overtly philosophical language… We can talk about what something factually is and we can also talk about what it is worth.  Science can tell us factually what a foetus is, but not what it is worth. We can talk about the way things ‘do’ behave, and we can also talk… Continue reading it’s going good

value & purpose

Whilst a quantitative ontology is perfectly useful for scientific study, only a qualitative ontology can make the necessary (qualitative) value judgments that form the foundation of ethics. Even the ‘obvious’ idea that suffering is ‘bad’ is a qualitative (‘bad’) ontological (‘is’) statement. And whilst a descriptive teleology is wonderful for observing how things ‘do’ tend… Continue reading value & purpose

is-for-ought-law

behold “the ladder of ethics” – a.k.a. an explorative conceptualisation of the steps we take (consciously or subconsciously – considered or assumed) when we deal with ethics/morals/laws/etc. A while back, I did a post called ‘ontos|telos|ethos‘, and I’ll build on that, adding the codification of law (greek: nomos) to the scenario, hence, ontos, telos, ethos… Continue reading is-for-ought-law

teleological indifference

The word ‘produced’ carries around a bag loaded with connotations of intentionality or goal-endedness. Is there a teleologically indifferent word for ‘produce’? Because if it is utterly wrong (which, biologically/scientifically speaking, it necessarily is) to say that evolution ‘had humans in mind’ (or any particular species for that matter), then this word would be nice… Continue reading teleological indifference

eugenics thought

I finally got around to watching ‘Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed’, by Ben Stein & co. I won’t bother dissecting its entire content, but in passing, found it opportunistic in both persons interviewed and interview segments used.  On the atheist side of the coin, you had Michael Ruse being interviewed along with PZ Meyers and Richard… Continue reading eugenics thought

humane sex

Conversations about sexual ethics often are had without reference to assumed/unstated/unconsidered ideas about: (in particular) goals for human(e) sexual acts – ‘what is the telos (end, goal, purpose) of human sexuality?’ (i.e. ‘what is sex for?’) and (in general) the relationship between sexual acts and being a human – ‘what is the relationship between sexual… Continue reading humane sex