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Empathy exercise

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Paynton Jan 6. 2 Replies

I've come up with this handy empathy exercise.  I wondered if anyone has any thoughts on it or how it could be improved. …Continue

Tags: practical, empathy

New theory of atheist morality

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Paynton Dec 22, 2013. 36 Replies

I've developed a "new" theory of atheist morality.  I wondered if anyone would like to have a go at critiquing it.  The first two principles, 1 and 2, are the most important parts: …Continue

Tags: old, religion, new, theory, morality

Jesus died for our sins

Started this discussion. Last reply by archaeopteryx Jul 5, 2013. 325 Replies

This idea can have logic and great value even for an atheist.   Not that long ago I offered for some angry people to kick my head in, to prove a point about how men should treat women (i.e. don't…Continue

What do women want?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Paynton Mar 20, 2013. 242 Replies

This is what I need to know.  I don't want to comment, only listen. Continue

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Simon Paynton replied to A. T. Heist's discussion 'How is this Good News?!?' in the group Atheist Bible Study
"It should be enough for a Christian that an atheist can demonstrate that they are a good person.  If that atheist approves of Jesus, so much the better as far as the Christian is concerned. "
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Simon Paynton replied to A. T. Heist's discussion 'The Cruelest Trick of All Time' in the group Atheist Bible Study
"For an atheist, this story can be seen as an illuminating metaphor.  Reprinted from my website:  If we interpret this sentence in a certain way, it tells us almost everything we need to know about personal morality.   We normally talk…"
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Simon Paynton replied to A. T. Heist's discussion '"Drink!" says the Lord' in the group Atheist Bible Study
""when it comes to debating scripture with a Christian."  - if I were you, I wouldn't try.  There's a mismatch between science and religion.  They are two different entities.  "
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Simon Paynton replied to A. T. Heist's discussion 'Psalm 14: The Atheist "Fool"' in the group Atheist Bible Study
"What we do have, like anybody else, is - consequences - reputation - the police etc. "
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Simon Paynton replied to A. T. Heist's discussion 'Psalm 14: The Atheist "Fool"' in the group Atheist Bible Study
""They are corrupt; they do vile deeds."  - from what I've read in a book recently ("Big Gods - how religion transformed cooperation and conflict" by Ara Norenzayan - fascinating book), the reason the religious…"
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Believers study the bible for inspiration, doctrine, etc.  Non-believers can study it to point out absurdity, contradiction, and other negative points, as a sort of "anti-apologetics." After all, lots of folks became atheists after they actually read the bible, and realized how ludicrous it is!See More
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Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'How do you reverse the brainwashing of a child??'
""How do you do that without shattering their world?"  - I'd be inclined not to shatter their world.  Their faith or not is theirs for life and is a matter for them to deal with on their own, with support from you. "
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Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday School August 17th 2014' in the group Sunday School
"Interesting little piece on the Stag Hunt in futilitycloset.  It's thought that Stag Hunt situations were one of the crucibles of human morality:  having to rely on other people in order to find food; making joint intentions and…"
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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 5:01pm on March 27, 2014, Justin said…

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

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At 7:51am on June 30, 2013, ɐuɐz ǝllǝıuɐp said…

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

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At 8:34am on November 28, 2012, Maya Komrik said…

I meant, HE studies your stuff

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He does. It studies your stuff, seriously

 
 
 

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