Michael Stuart Kelly Posted March 8, 2007 Share Posted March 8, 2007 Judith,Of course human nature is not determined by statistics. It exists as it exists. This is metaphysical.But the concept of human nature is statistical (as are all concepts). It comes from observation and the core of observation is statistics (even when not computed in numerical terms). This is epistemological. More importantly, induction works by noting similarities and differences among many different entities, attributes and actions. How on earth can you notice similarities without having a majority of something to notice and differentiate?Here is a logical question for you.Is a severely mentally retarded person who is in a coma a human being or not? If you say he is not a human or no longer human, then the question becomes: Does he belong to the human species in that state or to some other species? If not human, what is he then?If he is human, then he is an exception to the norm.Even Rand stated somewhere that if a rational Martian were ever discovered, a new concept would need to be formed because the other differences would be too great to call that being a human being.You also say that the majority of people live against their nature. I find this incomprehensible. Are you sure you do not mean they live live against their rational potential? And that we are still struggling to discover that?The very fact that man has volition means he can choose. People choose. Everyday. Everywhere. That is their nature. Man's nature also includes several types of mental operations, of which reason is only one. People live by using them all. Everyday. Everywhere. Everyone has the capacity to choose and perform both good and evil. That is man's nature and everybody does it. Everyday. Everywhere.Where are people living against their nature?Michael Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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