Re: [asa] Re: good atheists?

From: gordon brown <Gordon.Brown@Colorado.EDU>
Date: Fri Sep 04 2009 - 13:47:26 EDT

On Fri, 4 Sep 2009, Cogan, Susan L. wrote:

> Why would they have more in common with someone from a different culture?
> There is not a nickel's worth of difference between Islamic morality, Hindu
> morality and Christian morality. If you rob a bank or cheat on a business
> deal you are going to receive societal censure in each of those societies.
> Everyone in all of those societies knows stealing or cheating is wrong.

I have had some experience in dealing with students from different
cultures and have had input from Americans who have lived in countries
with those different cultures. Sometimes these people have different
expectations about bargaining with someone. When I had a case of a
foreign student who cheated, someone familiar with the culture told me
that cheating was not frowned upon; getting caught was. I was told that
in India compassion for the unfortunate was less likely because it was
assumed that these people were suffering for what they had done in a
previous life.

Gordon Brown (ASA member)

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