3 Laws

Three laws still need to be situational3 Laws

4/11/09

I am of course referring to the 3 laws of robotics made famous by Humanist Isaac Asimov.   I wanted to write about this because of critiques against Humanism being a situational ethics system – as opposed to an absolute system. All ethic systems have a set of values or rules.  Humanist ethics are pretty simple.  If it helps, it is good.  If it hurts, it is bad.  If it does both, try to do the most good and the least harm.  Humanists are anti-dogma.  We believe that all ethic systems should be held situational-ly because even with the best intentions, absolute ethics cause harm. Granted, holding your value system absolutely does save you the nasty problem of having to think for yourself and you can consider yourselve absolved of guilt if things go poorly if you consider your values absolute which is probably why some people cling to the idea of absolute ethics.

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