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Do right and wrong exist?

I'm curious about objective right and wrong. If you believe in God, this is a no-brainer. Some things are wrong, some things are right, simply because God says so and He knows. But if you don't believe in God, can you still believe in objective morality? I personally don't think you can. I mean, what do you base it off of? How do you find out what's objectively right or wrong? (By objective I mean "existing independent of thought or an observer as part of reality." from dictionary.com)
Sure, there's subjective morality. Any idea of right or wrong come up with by a human is by definition subjective. That's all well and good. Problem is that it only applies to people who believe in it and it gives them no authority to proclaim anything as "what we should be doing." Very often everybody disagrees with each other and we don't get anywhere. (Just look at Congress for an example of this.)
Maybe you disagree with me and you think there is objective morality but no God. That's fine. I would like to ask you to answer a question for me though. Let's pick an easy one. Why is rape objectively wrong? Don't misunderstand me, I can't think of a single instance where rape wouldn't be wrong. I believe very strongly that sexual abuse is one of the greatest evils in the world. Why is it evil? If you can answer me without using a God-based or subjective argument, I'll concede the point.
That point is this: Without God, there is no such thing as right and wrong, only the things we call right and wrong. And since nobody can agree on what to call what, we're all in a lot of trouble.

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    Feb 21 2013: Something can be right or wrong only in an instant time. What is wrong can be right and what is right can be wrong just a few seconds later, when something unsuspected just occurred to change everything

    How can you tell that some action or re-action is right or wrong when you didn't see what will happen later? I mean, what about the total consequence of all this? What if someone who did something that you thing that is wrong, but it is actually right and you didn't have the long term vision to reveal it up to yourself? And vice versa.

    If only God knows what is wrong and what is right it is because he domain the whole spacetime and knows it. But how can you tell something that only God knows?

    There is no objective wrong and right since it's a concept based on the human mind and our capacity to streamline in short-terms.
    • Feb 23 2013: You are a movie lover, I suspect. And the more twists the better, right? Can't beat that!
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        Feb 24 2013: Maybe a few movies I could think about that, but what I really love is the human mind and how life create stuffs

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        (I'm a biochemistry)
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          Mar 5 2013: You mean you are a biochemist? But you need to be a neuropsychologist to understand what is right or wrong?

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