Thursday, September 04, 2008

finally, some respect!

If I wasn’t sufficiently deferent in my last post, let me defer to a thought I couldn’t hope to top (though this is paraphrased, he said something like this in his podcast with Will Wilkinson).
People think there's either there is some universal moral truth or there is no moral truth at all. There's no universal moral truth that existed before us, but there are many true things that have emerged. Think about the value of gold and silver, which is more valuable? Gold is, it costs more, and this doesn't depend on your preference either way, even if you'd pay more for silver. But gold and silver have no intrinsic value outside of human society and they change value as other circumstances change.

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