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A little thought experiment?

You receive a letter informing you that an eccentric billionaire has included you in her will. You arrive at the lawyer's office and are given the following: Paint my house according to these instructions and you will receive $1,000,000.

--- paint the house black

--- paint the house white

Which color should the house be when you get done?

bq: do you believe morality is a product of evolution?

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  • Anonymous
    5 years ago
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    A little thought experiment?

    ---- I may be reading this wrong, but, as I read it, you cannot fulfill this request in the will because a dead person cannot own a house.

    If that's the wrong reading....then it'd say the house should end up being white. Due to the vagueness of the will, my assumption would be the instructions were intended to be followed in sequence. Paint it black, then paint it white. That's because, typically, saying "paint the house" means "paint the entire house." If not, you could just paint one splotch of black, and one splotch of white, and leave the rest of the house as is to fulfill the request.

    BQ: I believe the capacity to make moral judgments is a product of evolution. However, it doesn't seem that any specific moral code is rooted in evolution.

  • 5 years ago

    I'd consult the lawyer for clarification to find out what kind of paint job would fulfill the requirements of the will.

    Yes, morality is a product of evolution. It makes communal living (which is more conducive to survival of our species) possible.

  • 5 years ago

    First of all, how do I know this eccentric billionaire? Is she my friend? What does her eccentricity have to do with anything?

    I would paint a strip of white

    and a strip of black.

    The house should be white and black.

    Morality is the brain's system of feelings and rewards. When we do something "good" to help someone, we are rewarded in our brain and we feel good. Psychopaths cannot perceive emotions the same since their brain does not have a balanced reward system.

  • 5 years ago

    If the eccentric billionairess in her will said to paint the house black, then paint the house white, I would paint the house white then trim it in black.

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  • 5 years ago

    one side of it black, one side of it white.

    Evolution only has one rule, survive to pass on your genes. Morality is a social construct.

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    paint it white

    then go over in black

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    yeah right whateva bruv I'd just rob the billionaire blind when he wasn't looking. the lazy sod can paint his own place.

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