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Question for Evolution and Natural Selection brainiacs

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gregg RThomas May 29, 2016. 86 Replies

How valid is this model?  The situation I'm trying to describe is the way in which the biological drives to thrive, survive and reproduce have become so incredibly strong and universal within the…Continue

Christian prison chaplain 'forced to resign' for condemning homosexuality

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Paynton Nov 10, 2015. 15 Replies

What do you think about this? …Continue

How do you think clearly?

Started this discussion. Last reply by matt.clerke Nov 3, 2015. 40 Replies

It seems to me that everyone here is good at thinking.  I believe that thinking clearly is an essential life skill.  Truth is an essential component of morality.  Morality relates to the reality of…Continue

What does it mean to have integrity?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Paynton Sep 21, 2015. 25 Replies

I'm putting together a little article about integrity.  Have a think about it.  What does integrity mean to you, and what does it mean not to have integrity? This is as far as I've got.  I think it's…Continue

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Simon Paynton replied to J.Melton's discussion '(Slightly nervous) greetings from a "gentle" Christian'
"@ J Melton - what do you mean by God's love? "
15 hours ago
Simon Paynton replied to J.Melton's discussion '(Slightly nervous) greetings from a "gentle" Christian'
""what the appeal is of atheism"  - I find that the universe makes more sense this way. "
15 hours ago
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. "
16 hours ago
Simon Paynton replied to J.Melton's discussion '(Slightly nervous) greetings from a "gentle" Christian'
""God's love"  - if we put the right conditions in place, i.e. nurturing of the right kind, we grow like a flower.  This doesn't require God, just evolution.  There's an evolutionary pressure to reproduce, and…"
18 hours ago
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". "
20 hours ago
Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'Can you ever really heal from trauma/abuse?'
"If one is lucky enough not to be left with a personality disorder, then apart from working on oneself, I think healing can come from the right other person / people.  The logic is that usually, other people put the trauma there, and only other…"
20 hours ago
Simon Paynton replied to Violeta Babacan's discussion 'Would you consider me to be an atheist, agnostic, or theist?'
"Interesting stuff @Belle, it seems like you're describing an alternative mythological framework for most of what I believe too.  I think the Garden of Eden myth makes most sense to me in terms of the change from small groups of…"
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Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'What do you think of Ayurvedic Science?'
"You've obviously checked it out, there's this article which says it has been shown to be effective for certain inflammatory disorders, and can be dangerous in other circumstances.  I'm sure a "holistic approach" is…"
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Simon Paynton replied to Violeta Babacan's discussion 'Would you consider me to be an atheist, agnostic, or theist?'
"Yes, that is my point essentially.  o.O"
Monday
Simon Paynton commented on Noon Alif's blog post 'Save our Secular Bloggers'
"I'd like to know why some people think it's morally right to kill others for their beliefs.  Going to hell?  Who's going to hell? "
Monday
Simon Paynton commented on Noon Alif's blog post 'Save our Secular Bloggers'
"It's good to know that you are in a safe place. "
Monday
Simon Paynton replied to Violeta Babacan's discussion 'Would you consider me to be an atheist, agnostic, or theist?'
"What if you didn't know what the prophecy said, but it was correct in saying that you were going to end up in the north? "
Monday
Simon Paynton replied to Violeta Babacan's discussion 'Would you consider me to be an atheist, agnostic, or theist?'
"But the point is not whether it's possible - the point is whether or not it would invalidate free will. "
Monday
Simon Paynton replied to Violeta Babacan's discussion 'Would you consider me to be an atheist, agnostic, or theist?'
""If it is possible to 'see into the future' then the future is immovable and free will cannot exist."  - I don't agree at all.  Imagine you could travel into the future - and then look back at the path you have…"
Monday
Simon Paynton replied to Violeta Babacan's discussion 'Would you consider me to be an atheist, agnostic, or theist?'
"Sounds like you're an agnostic who's not sure - a very "weak" agnostic. "
Monday
Simon Paynton replied to ProgrammingGodJordan's discussion '★★ [4.3 SECOND conversion] ★★: CONVERT religious to atheist, in roughly 4.3 seconds'
"You've just re-stated your original argument word for word, without addressing my points explicitly.  (I heard you the first 5 times.)  What's new?  "So, they possess 0 degrees (both non absolute, and absolute) in…"
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Fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil

Posted on March 18, 2014 at 7:56am 0 Comments

But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

― Genesis 2:17



If we interpret this sentence in a certain way, it tells us almost everything we need to know about personal morality.

We normally talk about the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.  Fruit = consequences.  

Good and Evil can be seen as Good and Bad ― Liking and…

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Mathematics of altruism

Posted on July 27, 2012 at 12:56pm 0 Comments

http://plus.maths.org/content/does-it-pay-be-nice-maths-altruism-part-i

Mathematical evidence that cooperation evolves naturally as a successful strategy.

This is one of the most interesting things I've read for a long time.  Don't worry, it's not too mathematical.  I recommend printing it out if you want to read it. 

I believe we need to know why these things…

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At 10:43am on October 8, 2014, Erock68la said…

Thanks for the friend request.

At 5:01pm on March 27, 2014, Justin said…

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At 11:17pm on March 25, 2014, Justin said…

Thanks for accepting my friend request. Anyways, I was wondering, how did put a music playlist on your profile?

At 2:04pm on October 4, 2013, Keenan Fry said…

Thanks for the invite, happy to be on Think Atheist!

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At 7:47am on June 30, 2013, ɐuɐz ǝllǝıuɐp said…

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