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The Science of Good and Evil: Why People Cheat, Gossip, Care, Share, and Follow the Golden Rule

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  • Posted June 12, 2009

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    A Compelling Read

    As a firm believer in the spirituality of man I still seek answers to the hard questions. I purchased this book as a small part of this quest. I was not disappointed. Michael Shermer - a former Church of Christ (same religion of my childhood) member - provides us finely constructed arguments for the basis of morality and ethics.

    While I agree with the overall premise of the book, I do question the morality statements and studies that point to relative and provisional morals. For an older view of this area, I would suggest a person may want to read the classic mere Christianity. Knowledge may age but wisdom never does. For a more modern view, I would suggest the recently released Fingerprints of God.

    Even though he is an atheist (or maybe agnostic) I greatly admire the author. He is a libertarian at heart who seeks to dispel the myths of our cultural histories. However, where I see a divine source, he sees biological heritage. In the end, it doesn't matter if I agree or disagree. What matters is the book has exposed me to other realms of thought and provided a richer understanding of morality structure.

    I hope you find this review helpful.

    Michael L. Gooch

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2013


    A beautiful 18 year old wizard. Her powers are illusions spells and shape shifting. She has long sorta wavy black hair and hazle brown eyes. She wears a red hood and a cape that ends at her elbows. Black shoes and skull ear-rings. History is classified.

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    Posted September 3, 2013


    Name: Karlea looks brown hair blue eyes wears black long sleeps with thumb holes black converse and jeans

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    Posted September 5, 2013

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    Im changing my name skinny ligt tan brown hair black shades shorts black tank top and leather jacket throwing knives next to my hip gun in the back of my shorts black army boots flexible can fight tough tattoo on my arm that says fly

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2013


    Name: Angel Looks: sholder length black hair lip and nose are peirced ears are peirced 10 times each right eye is blue left is green pale skin Wears: a camo hoodie over a black t-shirt and black skinny jeans with combat boots Gender: female ((DUH))

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2013

    Alex Knight

    Boy Evil Has a black cloak that blends into the surrounings and hat casts a shadow over his face..the only thing you see are his dark piercing gray eyes that seem to look int your soul and see all your fears ad desires...he wears a black t shirt and dark gray pants with black boots and a gray omega symbol on them..he has a quiver of arrows and a silver bow on his back and what looks to he a sword strapped to his waist but you can tell that those are only the physical weopons and that he has other more dark ways of wreaking chaos

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2004

    Entertaining Rationalist

    Shermer is always a reliable proponent of reason and an entertaining expert at demolishing the nonsense perpetrated by religion. I would recommend Michael Berumen's Do No Evil for a much better philosophical understanding and justification of ethical rules. Like Shermer, Berumen shows how ethics might have originated....but more importantly, he shows how ethical rules can be justified using the concepts of rationality and impartiality, which does not rely on historical or anthropoligical evidence, just simple reason.

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