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This principle can also be applied to ethics. The only real moral questions we have to answer is therefore how we should move.
If Mr Wolpert is right, and i do believe so, the only effect we can have on our environment is through movement (in various forms). Therefore ethical questions should be much more concerned with our concrete movements, instead of abstract concepts. It would have to be less about concepts of right or wrong, and more about the concrete actions we should do, because the difference you make is not about what you think but about what you do.
So at least it could give us an additional angle, not to ask what is right, but to ask what movement should i do. Starting not in the abstract, but in the concrete.
Telling you what movements you should do in a very concret way, is what religions do quite often (with rituals, etc..), but only few philosophical and moral concepts seem to be able to do so. Therefore, ethical concepts perhaps don't matter as much as they should or could.
Or what do you think?
Closing Statement from Boas Loeb
Moral concept's can help us to choose the "right" thing to do. But, like Mr. Wolpert points out, the reason for brains is movements, and only movements can have an effect on the real world. So in the end, moral can help us to do the "right" movements.
If we agree, that the vast majority of all the movement our body does, is not the result of moral thinking, but done intuitively by repeating what we've seen/what we know, then moral concepts do not have any influence on the vast majority of our movement.
So in consequence, moral concept's do help us, but not very often. Even if we agree, that moral concepts can influence the choosing of our movement even tough it is totally unconscious - the point stays:
There are very few moments in life in which you actually have the possibility to chose what you are doing and to control whether this is the right thing to do. Most of the time, you either just do what you've seen other people do or you just do what you always did, unconsiously, without even the possibility to moraly decide. And even if you are in one of these few moment's there's no guarantee that you will really do the "right" thing if it doesn't feel right in any way.
So if we wann do good, we should put a lot more focus to how we intuitively function, what we really do (now! in 10 minutes!) and how people actually do move. Our brain as a whole is made to controll our movements. It obviously doesn't work to just take a very little part of it (the cognitive part) and try to use it, to controll our movement all by itself. That's what the whole brain is for. Let's not forget that.