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dc.contributor.authorRolston, Holmes, 1932-
dc.date2014
dc.date.accessioned2017-06-20T16:51:54Z
dc.date.available2017-06-20T16:51:54Z
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (p. 222)
dc.description.abstractHow Earthbound are values and ethics? We humans enjoy a surprising transcendence of localized body and place. We are always situated somewhere, but it does not follow that all our knowledge is situational. True, science is a human enterprise. True, ethics is a human activity—even biologically-based. But can we expect to share some of our science and ethics with extraterrestrials? Perhaps in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, the question to ask is not about the value of pi, or the atomic number of carbon. A more revealing test might be to ask whether one should tell the truth, keep promises, or be just. The Golden Rule may be as universally true as is the theory of relativity.
dc.identifier.citationRolston, Holmes, 1932-, Terrestrial and Extraterrestrial Altruism. Vakoch, Douglas A., editor. Extraterrestrial Altruism: Evolution and Ethics in the Cosmos, 211-222. Heidelberg: Springer, 2014. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-37750-1_13
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-37750-1_13
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10217/181776
dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherColorado State University. Libraries
dc.publisher.originalSpringer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
dc.rights©2014 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
dc.subjectaltruism
dc.subjectethics
dc.subjectextraterrestrials
dc.subjectGolden Rule
dc.subjectpromises
dc.subjectjustice
dc.subjecttruth-telling
dc.titleTerrestrial and extraterrestrial altruism
dc.typeBook


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