Incorrect. It does not mean they are bad in some fundemental manner, it merely means they are counterproductive as far as survival is concerned.Stewsburntmonkey wrote:Unpalatable things are unpalatable for a reason. Why, we may not know, but since you seem to want to break everything down to its pure physical state, the fact that these actions trigger chemical reactions such that we feel bad indicates that evolutionarily these things are bad in some fundamental way.
You need to substantiate the link between "counterproductive for survival/suffering" and fundemental evil/non-purpose.
Hmm? I never claimed happiness wasn't important to survival, merely that it isn't any sort of 'purpose'. Regardless, you haven't provided any evidence for 'inherent meaning'. Survival is not meaning, it is simply the result of evolution - that is, a set of physical reactions occuring according to various laws, no more or less valuable than any other sequence of physical reactions.Happiness is not a meaningless physical responce, it has its roots at the core of evolution and thus has inherent meaning. Your dismissal of it demonstrates a fundamental ignorance on your part reguarding evolution and fuction of sentience.
You have to substantiate the link between survival / positive conditioning agents and fundemental good / purpose.
Hmm? There is nothing wrong with finding faults in the arguments of others, if they are being used in some fundementally fallacious manner. I already provided my viewpoint: The universe as we currently understand it is completely and utterly purposeless. Thus, the only thing the human race can do that is of any importance whatsoever is attempt to determine:In any event you keep finding faults with others arguements but providing no real ideas of your own, which is a very unevolved way to debate.
1) What the definition of 'purpose' is
2) What our purpose is, if there is one.
That is, expanding our knowledge in hopes of finding purpose.
You have to justify why that is 'purpose', and why other sequences of reactions - especially unpalatable ones - are not.The pursuit of happiness - to attempt to get to a situation, where you get as much of those specific chemicals that cause happiness as possible, and remain happy.