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Values and evil

We are increasingly able to explain the structure, function and evolution of values, but that does not make them less real. A mother's love for her newborn has a biological explanation in the helplessness of the baby and the consequent need to motivate the mother to care for her child. The experience and feelings of the mother are the irreducible primary reality. Our understanding of how those feelings developed functionally can be useful, but it can never explain the primary reality of the experience itself or reduce it to anything other than what is is. Our universe creates values that are real and meaningful because it creates the conscious experience in which all meaning lies.

We do not so much have values as we have a valuing system. This system is all that motivates us to action and enables us to choose. In this chapter we give a brief overview of our valuing system based largely on Jungian theory. We relate this structure to the creative nature of mathematics. We investigate the problem of evil and its role in creative evolution. We discuss the degree to which evolution that has become conscious of itself can eliminate evil without limiting creative evolution.



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