Nevertheless,change and progress speed forward.

The rudder in my life while we are proceedingforward seems to be the self actualization of people and trying to helpthem through the wisdom I have gained over my life.

I see myself more asa mentor to the young than anything else.

My personality is best suited for the professionof counseling and teaching.

I havegrown, struggled, and been very joyful in my marriage.

The basic ideas behind all these approaches is that people will knowwhat is best or right for themselves by understanding what they themselves(would) desire, and then they will use that knowledge, in one form or other,to do what is best or right for others or for all, or in the case of majorityrule, will do what is right for the most people -- sometimes in the mistakenbelief that what is best for the most (in the sense of a majority) is thebest plan that could have been implemented for all. For example, if wehad five people among whom to divide $300,000, it would clearly not bebest for all five (in a reasonable sense of "best for all") if three ofthe people (that is, the majority of the people) voted to give themselves$100,000 each and the other two, the minority of the people, nothing. Whatis best for all together is not necessarily the same as what is best forthe most (or majority) of them. The phrase "greatest good for the greatestnumber" is ambiguous. One should not therefore believe that majority interestis the same thing as the public interest. (See also, my essays about thissort of thing at and at .)

Afterall we are only here for a short period of time.

In the Golden Rule case, people will treat as others as they would liketo be treated. One then only supposedly needs to know what one wants foroneself in order to know what is right to do to, or for, others.

Life is about growing,changing, and continually trying to find out who one is in their lives.

My of Bjørn Lomborg’s had all sorts of people upset.

Matt Rossano's excellent article on handaxes and consciousness. The article (PDF) is . Rossano's publication page is full of material that is relevant to all we have been discussing. Read through it .

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For other examples of formal procedures that do not yield morally reasonableresults, see also .It is extremely difficult, and I suspect impossible, to develop merelyformal procedures that can totally take the judgment out of morality orof deciding which acts are (morally) right. And trying to do that by equatingmorality with psychology, so that people determine what is right merelyby what they, or a majority of them, individually want, is particularlyprone to mistakes about what is moral or not.

Thesecontradictory qualities of life make it unsettling and ambiguous.

Aspects of Law Not Based on Morality

(1) There are situations where there is more than one right act, wherethe costs, benefits, and fairness are basically equivalent, and where thechoice among the various right acts is purely arbitrary or purely subjective-- such as where one should take one's vacation. It might be that manydifferent places will have equal affordable costs and benefits, and itmight come down to where the person or the family just simply prefers togo. Similarly with regard to choosing items on a restaurant menu for one'sdinner, if they are equally nutritious and healthful, about the same price,don't deplete endangered species, don't abuse the labor that produces it,etc.

I love to take the energy ofpeople around me and channel it to the next step in their existence.

Foreword by Bettina Bien Greaves.

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Another important tenet of my philosophy isfocusing on the importance of my family.

in the Sumerian city-state of Lagash.

The video of a lecture given by Richard Wrangham is . It's 54 minutes long. Superb! Don't fail to watch it. (He's got a great family tree chart about ten minutes into his talk: wish I had access to it.) There are links to reviews and interviews about Wrangham's work in the , , , , and the . And don't miss the discussion on the blog site .