Re: "Morality?" - Composite Reply

Lee Daniel Crocker (
Tue, 7 Oct 1997 21:18:31 -0700 (PDT)

> Science is the middle path between the harsh tyranny of unquestionable "truth"
> and the useless undisprovability of "subjective" reality. Science states that
> there exists an objective reality, but we do not know what it is. My ethical
> system makes the same statement with respect to morality.

A noble goal to be sure, but by what method can you test this morality
for its correspondence to the objective standard? I know how to
evaluate statements about reality: they must be meaningful, falsifiable
by observation, and must have wihstood many observations without such
a falsification. The standard of judgment is simple: my senses.

How does one falsify a moral hypothesis? How does one observe the
result of a moral experiment? How can others replicate my experiment?

And be clear what I mean here: I do not wish to test an action; the
results of an action /are/ easily testable against the outcome I
desire. I wish to test an hypothesis about which outcome I should
desire, independent of any action to achieve it.

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