The existence of God is not subjective...

Comment by archaeopteryx on September 24, 2013 at 8:58pm

No time limit? Not a problem. I'll get started as soon as I get my table fixed!

Comment by Strega on September 24, 2013 at 9:16pm

Nice!

(chuckles)

Comment by archaeopteryx on September 24, 2013 at 9:30pm

That depends on whether or not you call five hours fast, I suppose it can be an eternity if one is hanging by the thumbs.

Comment by Simon Paynton on September 25, 2013 at 4:13am

As I understand it, empathy is learned when the baby bonds with a consistent single care-giver.  (Sorry for clinical language.)  Then this same circuit is used for achieving empathy with people in general.  If a young child fails to be bonded with a single caregiver, psychopathy results - a complete lack of empathy.  Do you know someone who uses people, treats others like objects?  They most likely had a disrupted bonding process.  For more information, see this brilliant book:  “Born for Love – why empathy is essential – and endangered” by Bruce D Perry and Maia Szalavitz.  

Comment by archaeopteryx on September 25, 2013 at 9:13am

"Well it would require a ritual, then the tenets of empathy would have to be bestowed upon the person then there would be a ceremony to mark the occasion."

I'm not really sure how much a 12-month old would get out of that, unless it involved a bottle of warm milk.

When I saw this in my email, I was hit by the thought that it sounded a bit oddly like something Paynton came up with a couple of years ago, when he was best buds with another sleeze named Kir Komrick, who fancied himself "de-converter" extraordinaire, but I wasn't going to mention it. But when I get here, I see that Mighty Mouse has arrived to save the day - is this concept entirely yours, Angela?

Comment by archaeopteryx on September 25, 2013 at 9:28am

"(Sorry for clinical language.)"

I'll just bet you learned all of those complicated technical terms, like, "consistent single care-giver," during your many years in Doctor School. I'm sure we all have access to a dictionary, we'll just try to muddle through somehow - I DO hope you'll hold a question and answer session afterward, and be patient with us, just in case we get stuck on some of the big words.

BTW, book titles are underlined, not garnished with quotation marks, but they probably didn't teach that in Doctor School.

Comment by Simon Paynton on September 25, 2013 at 12:54pm

Remind us all again why you follow me around trolling me.  Can you do that? 

Comment by archaeopteryx on September 25, 2013 at 1:19pm

"Remind us all" - you make it sound like you're not entirely alone, when we both know differently.

You jump into a conversation between Angela and me, and I'm trolling YOU?!! First of all, it's an open thread, anyone can comment, even you, but I suggest you go back to page one, and see who was here first - if anything, you're trolling me.

Comment by Simon Paynton on September 25, 2013 at 1:26pm

How long is it now?  About eighteen months you've been trolling me solidly.  I'm just asking you why. 

Comment by archaeopteryx on September 25, 2013 at 2:02pm

First of all, I only respond to your BS - you've made a number of post, in which there has been no BS, and I've not responded to those - don't want me to pop onto a thread and burst your pretentious bubble, follow the sign, "NO BS!" --->

Oh, and in case you claim to have no clue as to why I have a problem with you, possibly you need to have your memory refreshed:

"Comment by Simon Paynton on Sunday
Damn, Arch, I don't know how you can even consider saying that, and I'm serious.  You know that child porn means pictures of kids being abused, right?  Have I got the wrong end of the stick?  I hope so.  Rented out by your dad to a ring?  If you knew anything about that, you would now flush your head down the toilet."

"Comment by Simon Paynton on Sunday
Arch - give it a rest, frankly you're being a total asshole.  If you don't understand why, then I'm glad for your sake"

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