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  •  Well I think when (2+ / 0-)
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    kyril, misslegalbeagle

    sane, realistic, non-religious-freaks say "evil," they mean someone who has extreme sociopathic and self-serving desires with lack of empathy, lack of guilt, and acts upon them.

    That's not something you can cure.

    Well, at least not yet. Maybe in a thousand years.

    I'd require the ability to surgically alter the brain on a level modern science could only dream of, and the ability to identify the exact parts that make up that part of the personality. I'm talking about a 3028 Star Trek style micro operation.

    It's possible/likely (though we have no way of knowing) that such personality altering surgery would also have some side effects - especially in the early stages of discovery and exerpimental procedures.

    Of course Christians will shout out that some sort of mythical evil feature has their hand rammed up their bum and is controlling them like a puppet. Which is stupid and childish.

    But to say "evil" doesn't exist, isn't exactly correct either. Even people who aren't slaves to their dark impulses still have them for various reasons. Which can range in severity as well, from the relatively benign to the cruel.

    In any case ... all of this is a stark reminder of how primitive our society and medical knowledge is. Assuming we don't all kill each other or Earth isn't exploded by some natural/space disaster, imagine what we can do in another thousand years.

    •  Evil is still a social construct. (1+ / 0-)
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      It's composed of certain norms that we say are absolutely not acceptable. But it's still a social construct and it varies from time to time and from place to place.

      And it's still just a cop-out for what's really going on.

      "Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism." - Hubert Humphrey

      by Killer of Sacred Cows on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 12:05:31 PM PST

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