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Re: Complexity and Intelligence

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Interbane: Murder is seen as immoral in all societies, pre-marital sex is not.And I'm saying that's not the case. Murder is not taboo in all societies, and even in those societies where it is taboo, differences in the way in which they formulate the category of murder tend to negate the supposed universality of that moral prohibition. To say that murder is immoral in two cultures is only really meaningful so long as those two cultures are talking about the same thing.Prior to religion, men may not have called certain acts immoral, but the reaction from society was still negative.How would we know that? What evidence is there to support that idea?My reading suggests that consistent social forms -- the cultural organization of a human society -- are the products of religious categories of thought, cf. Emile Durkheim and Marcel Mauss, "Primitive Classification". When you start talking about inherent social forms -- that is, the sort of social foms that you see among other primates, which are instinctual rather than cultural -- then you're talking about the borderline between being human and being another kind of animal.
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