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Question for Evolution and Natural Selection brainiacs

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gregg RThomas May 29. 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 commented on Belle Rose's blog post 'A Rabbit Trail That Leads to Nowhere'
""Who are the right hands? Be very specific and give me clear concrete detailed examples."  - Belle's grandma.  Belle's boss / mentor. "
12 hours ago
Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'You have faith too....'
"By "truth" I mean that there is a real reason to trust in aspects of the religious message, in that it is a reliable route to the happiest possible life.  Now, there are of course huge difficulties in the way this plays out in…"
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Simon Paynton commented on Belle Rose's blog post 'A Rabbit Trail That Leads to Nowhere'
"Jesus' message was basically prosocial and promoted individual as well as social flourishing.  It also seems likely that organised religion helped civilisation to get off the ground by encouraging people to act in a prosocial cooperative…"
13 hours ago
Simon Paynton replied to Violeta Babacan's discussion 'Do you believe this statement? Also, I have a question about the unknown?'
"What I mean is, it's a fallacy to rely on not knowing a mechanism for how something works, as proof for the non-existence of that thing. "
13 hours ago
Simon Paynton replied to Violeta Babacan's discussion 'Do you believe this statement? Also, I have a question about the unknown?'
"@Davis, tell me the form of evidence that would be acceptable to you. "
13 hours ago
Simon Paynton replied to Violeta Babacan's discussion 'Do you believe this statement? Also, I have a question about the unknown?'
"Yes, but it depends what you define as "supernatural".  "Supernatural" basically means Goddidit.  I define an afterlife as natural.  Which doesn't currently have an explanation as far as I'm aware. "
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Simon Paynton replied to Violeta Babacan's discussion 'Do you believe this statement? Also, I have a question about the unknown?'
"Maybe there's a mechanism but we don't know what it is.  It's a fallacy to assume that only those things can exist that humans understand. "
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Simon Paynton commented on Belle Rose's blog post 'A Rabbit Trail That Leads to Nowhere'
"That's true.  My eventual point is that religion feels good because it's prosocial, and promotes individual as well as social flourishing."
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Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'You have faith too....'
"I agree, and also a distinction needs to be made between religious participation, belief in God, and doing prosocial things. "
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Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'You have faith too....'
"It's not meant to be an equivalency - just an alternative meaning.  I feel the two meanings can be mixed up unintentionally. "
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Simon Paynton commented on Belle Rose's blog post 'A Rabbit Trail That Leads to Nowhere'
"Yes, but emotions are often based on real things: they are nature's messages telling us whether something is doing us good or not.  I agree it's very prone to error, but some of the time, it's "objectively" accurate…"
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Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'You have faith too....'
"And since it works so well, there must be a real reason why it works. "
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Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'You have faith too....'
"But like you say, faith is also trust in something that works, and in mnay ways, religion does work - to feed the poor, running charities for people with dementia, family work, helping the homeless, taking in waifs and strays, and it sustained…"
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Simon Paynton replied to Violeta Babacan's discussion 'Do you believe this statement? Also, I have a question about the unknown?'
"I agree with you Violeta, I don't see that they have to go together at all.  If there is such a thing as an afterlife, I see it as another version of this life, i.e. natural as you say.  I think atheists are as guilty as religious…"
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Simon Paynton commented on Belle Rose's blog post 'A Rabbit Trail That Leads to Nowhere'
"@Davis - a false comfort could not be as productive as Christianity and Islam are.  Of course there are negative things about both of them, in the wrong hands, but in the right hands, they have the power to make people happy.  This cannot…"
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Simon Paynton commented on Belle Rose's blog post 'A Rabbit Trail That Leads to Nowhere'
"Things that aren't true don't have the power that Christianity has to make people happy. "
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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…

ok thanks for letting me know man

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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At 12:10pm on November 28, 2012, Anne Guevarra said…

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