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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jake LaFort May 22, 2016. 38 Replies

This is a discussion inspired by Keeping my mouth shut.Issue: Once having been accosted by theists with religious rhetoric at a funeral in which you are the person closest to the decedent is it best…Continue

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Jake LaFort commented on Jake LaFort's blog post 'How does religion (fundamentalism) affect empathy?'
"Jainism is the apotheosis of empathy. It is empathy to absurdity. It seems like when we don't specify which religion we are thinking of Abrahamic religions. I was thinking about Quakers and how prominent they were in abolitionist movements. So…"
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Simon Paynton commented on Jake LaFort's blog post 'How does religion (fundamentalism) affect empathy?'
"Empathy evolved in the context of caring for young (in birds and mammals) and of taking notice of our group-mates.  So it is biased towards the familiar and similar and genetic relations.  But it is so powerful that it can be extended to…"
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Davis Goodman commented on Jake LaFort's blog post 'How does religion (fundamentalism) affect empathy?'
"That is an extremely difficult question. On the one hand you certainly find that with some forms of extremism there is a radical resistance to understanding and putting yourself in the place of those with different beliefs and it can lead to…"
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Simon Paynton commented on Jake LaFort's blog post 'How does religion (fundamentalism) affect empathy?'
"I would have thought it depends on the person.  But the Islamic culture seems especially "us and them" compared with the Western one.  Countries seem to vary in this regard. "
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Jake LaFort replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'Can you ever really heal from trauma/abuse?'
"I suppose it depends on the nature, duration and degree of trauma and abuse along with the susceptibility of the victim to damage. On a personal level i have seen too many victims who are fucked up decades after the abuse. I have also read some…"
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Jake LaFort commented on Jake LaFort's blog post 'How does religion (fundamentalism) affect empathy?'
"Simon, do you suppose the same dynamic of us and them applies to atheists as it pertains to how  much empathy atheists have for theists?"
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Jake LaFort replied to J.Melton's discussion '(Slightly nervous) greetings from a "gentle" Christian'
"That last paragraph is interesting and counterintuitive.  Davis, do you suppose there is no difference between theists and atheists in accepting or believing in non-god garbage?"
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Simon Paynton commented on Jake LaFort's blog post 'How does religion (fundamentalism) affect empathy?'
"It's known that the greater the "us and them" attitude, the less is the degree of available empathy towards "them". "
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How does religion (fundamentalism) affect empathy?

So I have not given this a lot of thought nor have i often encountered it in books or conversation. The knee jerk answer is (especially for theists who equate religion with morality and good character) that it enhances empathy.My guess is that in general the greater the degree of fundamentalism the greater the degree of reduction in empathy. What say you?See More
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Jake LaFort replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'What do you think of Ayurvedic Science?'
"Please Belle, don't see a faith healer. And if you do, don't report it here. Cuz even if it helps you are going to be so badly beaten up you will need a miracle to recover."
Tuesday
Jake LaFort replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'It's hard to know where to start'
"Bob, what is it that atheists adopt in a culture of christendom? Define the Christian ethos. There is lots to reject. What is it that is of value that is not readily apparent to any thinking human? Why would atheists want a substitue for religion?…"
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Jake LaFort replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'An interesting argument against oral contraception'
"jesus,Belle, look for an atheist next time."
Sunday
Jake LaFort replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'An interesting argument against oral contraception'
"If you support Trump you are more likely to want a return to slavery. That vid is so filled with propaganda.  Aint apologetics fun? Lets see. You get to start with a conclusion, disregard contrary evidence and spin until you are dizzy."
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Jake LaFort replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'An interesting argument against oral contraception'
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Jake LaFort replied to ProgrammingGodJordan's discussion '★★ [4.3 SECOND conversion] ★★: CONVERT religious to atheist, in roughly 4.3 seconds'
"If wishes were true and hippos had wings they could fly too."
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Jake LaFort replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'It's hard to know where to start'
"Well said DG."
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Christian
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How does religion (fundamentalism) affect empathy?

Posted on January 18, 2017 at 12:56am 6 Comments

So I have not given this a lot of thought nor have i often encountered it in books or conversation. The knee jerk answer is (especially for theists who equate religion with morality and good character) that it enhances empathy.

My guess is that in general the greater the degree of fundamentalism the greater the degree of reduction in empathy. What say you?

They're Here

Posted on November 29, 2016 at 11:54am 20 Comments

Time of reckoning. Aliens have arrived. Superior beings are in charge. So much so that the cosmos is understood. All adults are compelled to take a stand as to whether god(s) exist(ed). Answer incorrectly and you are dispatched with extreme prejudice. 

Are you tied in knots and filled with fear? Or do you walk into the moment of truth confessional with aplomb?

Is the typical atheist as certain/carefree in giving her answer as the orthodox theist?

Memes

Posted on November 5, 2016 at 11:26am 1 Comment

Memes have becomes memes.

When i first read Darrel Ray's God Virus I was confused as to whether he was positing a real phenomenon or was drawing an analogy. And when i hear or read others expand on or elaborate about some meme or other i am similarly unsure as to what is meant.

So for anybody who is a proponent of memes are you making a metaphor or do you mean that there is some observable and measurable phenomenon. Is there a change at the molecular level once a person has…

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Disaster

Posted on October 19, 2016 at 11:22am 4 Comments

I have the over/under at 27.

Tell me where we can go with this now?

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