What evidence could there possibly be for this "pre-programming"? This has all the problems of "intelligent design", and then some. Your skepticism seems very selective.
Here is a "children's" website for you, that explains things in easy to understand terms.http://www.skwirk.com/p-c_s-4_u-92_t-21 ... -are-they-
Why do organisms reproduce without "thinking about reproducing.? Please explain how such things are not "pre-programmed" to do things such as reproduce.? This entire topic has gone, backwards, forwards, and sideways, mostly sideways, usually with people dodging one of the most basic points that has been raised on this topic by others as well as myself - reproduction is innate within every living organism on this planet - those who deny this are very very stupid, I hope that you do not disagree. Also, please note that I have not mentioned "God" or any other kind of "Divine" power, I have not suggested anything supernatural at all in any way that seeks to explain such things.
Is it really what you mean? A hypocrite's morality changes depending on what suits them.
You misspeak sir - please read what Hypocrisy is and refer back to my post about me changing my position depending on circumstances, I do that constantly, crossing the road for example, sometimes I do, sometimes I don't, fast moving heavy metal objects usually define the "circumstances", sometimes I think that using "X" to sort out situation "A" is just fine morally, but if that situation is "B" not "A" then "X" might not be the solution, "Y" might be better.
You might want to call this "common sense" rather than "Hypocrisy", and why I believe that "Absolutism" is a silly thing to go along with, I for one will not take an "Absolutist" viewpoint on crossing roads for example, some people refuse to cross a road at anything other than a sanctified crossing point, others who will likely lead a very short life will take an alternative but also absolutist viewpoint and cross any road at any time. The rest of us use "common sense", and I am sure you wont call them Hypocrites.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypocrisy
On the other hand you can have a pre-defined morality which takes circumstances into account.
And you accuse me of being a Hypocrite........ one moment you claim that "pre-programming" on the genetic level is not-correct (does not exist.?) but you claim to believe that "pre-programmed" morals are just fine - At least we do agree on something though, there is a great deal of evidence that suggests that certain morals are not just "pre-programmed" into Humans, but many other Mammals as well, and quite likely other organisms.
NOTE: When I say "pre-programmed" I mean genetically, e.g. genetics over thousands of generation has shown that "positive-reciprocation" is better than otherwise, "Empathy" is a great example of this, why do we flinch and then have an overwhelming urge to help an elderly lady who falls over in the street.? Genetic "pre-programming" is the answer.
Yet that's the position you asserted in this thread (see appeal to nature, sociobiology) against the anti-natalist poster.
Moral nihilism is one opposite of moral abolutism by the way.
As I have pointed out many times in this thread, the OP has suggested quite clearly that if all humans stopped breeding it would make the world a better place, and seems to ignore the consequences of such things as simply beneath him, e.g. the extinction of Humans.
If you read back through this thread, you will see that I do not have an "Absolutist" perspective on this matter - although I am quite sure you have mistakenly missed those points.
Dictionary definitions are not the final arbiter of what is the 'common' usage of a word, especially internet dictionary definitions.
Hence why I accepted and pointed out my error, what more do you wish me to do, bow down before you and kiss your feet
The first three meanings listed for nihilism in the online dictionary that you cherry-picked
LOL, cherry picked
more like clicked on the first "Dictionary" answer that Google listed - example below (note Google may very well give a different answer in your country.http://www.google.co.uk/#hl=en&cp=4&gs_ ... 0&bih=1007
The first three meanings listed for nihilism in the online dictionary that you cherry-picked may be common usage for newspaper op-ed columnists but I would suspect most people would not use the term that way.
Ask your friends and family what Nihilism is, see what they say, a decent number will likely look it up in a dictionary, others will refer to it as it is represented most commonly, e.g. in conversation and the media - I will leave that to you to discover, I already know the answer - which will likely be different from yours anyway, in the same way that the meaning of a word is often different in different places.
If, after the other meanings have been understood, there is any "cross-over" with psychopathy, it is merely tangental.
I hate having to quote myself so many times to illustrate a point that I have already made, even though you have already done this for me, so I will take it to the next level and highlight the parts that you have failed to read or understand, and to add further clarification, I will add a few extra words in Italics.
I am sorry, I seem to have missed the "Philosophical" point of discussion of Nihilism - you are talking of Nihilism from the "true" perspective, e.g. Philosophy rather than how the word is now commonly used. The first 3-points are what I was understanding you to mean.http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/nihilism
I was coming at it from the "common" but quite incorrect point in the same way that Millions of people miss the the understanding of the word "Theory" when talking about Scientific things. To a Scientist a theory is FACT, in the common tongue it has become a word that best translates as "an Idea".
I am afraid that we were discussing a different point, which I expect now makes a great deal more sense to you, as to why I was also discussing "Psychopathy" in parallel, as there is often a lot of cross-over between "Psychopathy" in its actual scientific sense and the "common-tongue" version of Nihlism e.g.
1. total rejection of established laws and institutions.
2. anarchy, terrorism, or other revolutionary activity.
3. total and absolute destructiveness, especially toward the world at large and including oneself.
I shall not discuss with you your opinion that "Psychopathy" is something that is "made up" - live in the same house as one, you will soon change your mind.
most likely because their behaviour upsets you, not because they have an actual verifiable medical condition that needs treatment.
The kind of behavior that is likely to "upset" anyone can be found quite easily on the Internet. As an example, I have asked many people who know my house-mate whether they agree or disagree with the questions in the following list (and others where the "score" varies with the questions, as do the medical and scientific community along with as you have quite correctly pointed out the "name" of the problem).http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hare_Psychopathy_Checklist
The two factors
Factor 1: Personality "Aggressive narcissism"
* Glibness/superficial charm
* Grandiose sense of self-worth
* Pathological lying
* Lack of remorse or guilt
* Shallow affect (genuine emotion is short-lived and egocentric)
* Callousness; lack of empathy
* Failure to accept responsibility for own actions
The vast majority of people who have met my house-mate a few times usually score him a 5, they usually miss-out on "Cunning/manipulative", "Lack of remorse or guilt", and "Failure to accept responsibility for own actions", this is hardly surprising if they don't really know him that well, everyone who has known this person for any length of time has scored him with a nice round 8. It is not scientific, but it is also no "illegal" to be a Psychopath (or whatever anyone wants to call it).
As far as his behavior is "upsetting" is concerned, I am sure you would be upset if there was some kind of tragedy and someone you knew said something totally "callous" about it. Some examples (paraphrased as I cant remember the words, but they are not important, what is important is the meaning with which it has been said). The Americans had it coming - Twin Towers, Who cares, they are scum - Indonesian Tsunami 2004, That's going to push up the costs of cars and electronics - Japanese Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear meltdown 2011, I have actually been standing next to him when we have both witnessed an elderly lady fall over in the street, everyone else is concerned, he laughed.
Do you want him as a house mate.? Neither does anyone else, he is now utterly friendless, has had no social life at all for about 2-years now, and I hope to be rid of him in a few months time, I will then block his phone number and not pass on my address - I don't really need to add that no-one else will either, as the only other people that he ever see's are the people in shops and 3-relatives whom he see's 2-3 time a year each....... also he spent another x-mas alone on his own, and only saw his brother for a couple of hours and spoke on the phone with his parents.
If that is not classified as "destructive" and "self-destructive" behavior I don't know what is. Personally I and everyone else actually thinks that the situation he has mad for himself is nothing short of "sad", but that's not a great surprise for people with "empathy".
The rest of your post answers itself, so I don't need to as I don't disagree with any of your points.