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    Posted: 07-Apr-2009 at 20:52

Are Ideology and Morality like AIG and Citibank?

 

 

Are AIG and Citibank too big and complex to fail?

 

Can our high tech capitalism, where extraordinary power rests in ordinary hands, survive such a situation?

 

How can capitalism adjust?

 

 

Are ideology and morality too big and complex to be encompassed by science? 

 

Can our high tech species, where extraordinary power rests in ordinary hands, survive such a situation?

 

How can the human species adjust?

 

 

I am really only interested in this later sequence of questions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Originally posted by calvo

Are ideology and morality too big and complex to be encompassed by science?

What do fish think about Tolstoy?
Can our high tech species, where extraordinary power rests in ordinary hands, survive such a situation?

High tech species?
By definition, extraordinary power can't lie in ordinary hands.
How can the human species adjust?

No. But I don't understand what we are supposed to adjust for.
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Originally posted by Omar al Hashim

Originally posted by calvo

Are ideology and morality too big and complex to be encompassed by science?

What do fish think about Tolstoy?
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Darwin informs us that the species that fails to adapt to its changing environment will soon become toast.  If we lack the intellectual sophistication required to make a science of these two concepts, ideology and morality, then we lack the sophistication required to adapt to our changing environment and thus will shortly become toast.

 

Any domain of knowledge can be studied in a systematic, disciplined, and empirical manner.  Our educational system prepares us only to act as producers and consumers and not as sophisticated citizens capable of meeting our changing needs to adapt.

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Originally posted by coberst

Are ideology and morality too big and complex to be encompassed by science? 

I'm not sure what you mean. I can describe ideology and morality as emergent properties of a complex system. Which means that they are "encompassed" by science.

 Can our high tech species, where extraordinary power rests in ordinary hands, survive such a situation? [/quote]

Survivability is a property that also results from complexity. On what level the fact that "extraordinary power" rests in "ordinary hands" (whatever you mean by that) influences survivability is important and for now, I don't see this as relevant .

How can the human species adjust?

 Adjustment results too as an emergent property of complex systems. The problem lies in the result of "adjustement". Sometimes it least to catastrophic events.

Darwin informs us that the species that fails to adapt to its changing environment will soon become toast.  If we lack the intellectual sophistication required to make a science of these two concepts, ideology and morality, then we lack the sophistication required to adapt to our changing environment and thus will shortly become toast.

First, the "environment" is a direct result of our sophistication. That eventually it also becomes a cause that has an effect upon us it nothing but complex interaction. Complex systems are always ont the edge of chaos and why should we be an exception? [quote]

Any domain of knowledge can be studied in a systematic, disciplined, and empirical manner.  Our educational system prepares us only to act as producers and consumers and not as sophisticated citizens capable of meeting our changing needs to adapt.
Our educational system has changed and is changing. That sometimes "catastrophic events" occur is not sensational. It's not like we just became aware that ideology and morality are important and suddenly scientist must devout all efforts to study these two or else... As a matter of fact there are attempts to improve our status. So I don't see why should ideology and/or morality be the primordial tasks of scientists.
Since you mentioned sophistication, maybe a genetic improvement of our brain will do the trick. Therefore let's just pump up genetics and we might get through Wink
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I don't see how questions of morality and ideology (throw in religion since it belongs in the same category) are any different now, except in detail, than they have ever been. Certainly they have no greater role to play now than in the past.

Morality, ideology and religion can be and are all studied scientifically by anthropologists. Just as they are all studied by historians using historical techniques.

What you cannot do scientifically is assess whether a given morality, ideology or religion is in some metaphysical sense 'true' or 'false'.
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Originally posted by gcle2003

I don't see how questions of morality and ideology (throw in religion since it belongs in the same category) are any different now, except in detail, than they have ever been. Certainly they have no greater role to play now than in the past.

 
 
History informs us that war is our constant companion.  This indicates that we have little moral sophistication, i.e. little sophistication regarding relationships.  Before technology placed such extraordinary power in the hands of ordinary people this was not such a big problem.  Now however it is a means for the destruction of the species and possibly all life on this planet
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Darwin informs us that the species that fails to adapt to its changing environment will soon become toast.

Last I checked, Darwin was a biologist, and while he is one that put forward some great theories, those theories aren't gospel.
If we lack the intellectual sophistication required to make a science of these two concepts, ideology and morality, then we lack the sophistication required to adapt to our changing environment and thus will shortly become toast.

History informs us that war is our constant companion.  This indicates that we have little moral sophistication, i.e. little sophistication regarding relationships.  Before technology placed such extraordinary power in the hands of ordinary people this was not such a big problem.  Now however it is a means for the destruction of the species and possibly all life on this planet

I hope you understand that science is a set of tools or methodology for studying something. We have sciences to study ideology & morality. I think perhaps you wish to have a way to Engineer morality. This too may be possible after a much greater understanding of it may be reached, but I think you'll find that most people will think that Engineering Morality is immoral.
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I think coberst is enjoying hearing our braingears screaching when attempting to comment his posts. He, on the other side, only throws statements that are vague and to me they look like a poor job of avoiding copy/paste.
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