I tend to agree with Edward O. Wilson, who has written that the naturalistic fallacy is itself a fallacy. Of course, in their crudest form, appeal-to-nature arguments are likely to be fallacious, but in the end all we have to rely on is our nature, and in practice our precepts just follow some form or other of our natural inclinations. Our natural inclinations are molded by culture and guided by reason and experience, to be sure, but they’re still foundational.

Interested in natural selection, evolutionary psychology, neuroscience, science in general, human nature, consciousness, philosophy and ethics.

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