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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 Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday School May 28th 2017' in the group Sunday School
""some consistency which is informed by a shaping and growing world view."  - according to my sketchy understanding, I think this would be "a sense of right and wrong" or true morality.  This is made up of 1) feeling a…"
7 hours ago
Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday School May 28th 2017' in the group Sunday School
"Human morality is based in cooperation, combined with the capacity for empathic concern and helping which is present within all birds and mammals, since they care for their young.  I think that logically, this need for cooperation must have…"
9 hours ago
Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday School May 28th 2017' in the group Sunday School
"I agree, I think you're right.  I think there's one extra thing that Christianity brings to the table: the "maximising ethic".  All of us are called to be "good", but Christians (and, I presume,…"
9 hours ago
Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday School May 28th 2017' in the group Sunday School
"As far as I can see, the main strand of logic within religion is the logic of cooperation and mutual thriving, and another is that of personal transformation.  It seems that the Enlightenment grew from a long tradition of attempting to find…"
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Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday School May 28th 2017' in the group Sunday School
"The view of Islamic blasphemy laws paints a depressing picture.  Once people think God is on their side, there's no reasoning with them. "
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Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday School May 28th 2017' in the group Sunday School
""The Western-Centric nature of Intersectional Feminism by Helen Pluckrose"  - I found this article really interesting and thought-provoking.  Maybe Helen would like to come onto TA to discuss it.  It ties straight into the…"
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Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday School May 28th 2017' in the group Sunday School
""It should be obvious that morality precedes religion and that virtue is its own reward."  - this is a review of a book I've just read:  "God Created Humanism" by Theo Dobson.  I really recommend it as an…"
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Simon Paynton replied to Ro3bert's discussion 'There is no "God"'
""it is more reasonable for me to believe that someone created something from nothing"  - yes, but "nothing" and "the unknown" are two very different things.  You rush to invoke the God of the Gaps as an…"
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Simon Paynton replied to Ro3bert's discussion 'There is no "God"'
"I know I'm speaking as an atheist, but if God existed, that is the kind of behaviour he would want to encourage. "
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Simon Paynton replied to Ro3bert's discussion 'There is no "God"'
"I'm guessing it's because you're courageous and unselfish. "
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Simon Paynton replied to Katherine A Flowers's discussion 'Pattern recognition'
""If a god existed would it be necessary to do so, if things were to happen as a "god" dictates then we could not trust in pattern recognition."  - the implication is that if God intervened arbitrarily, there…"
Friday
Simon Paynton replied to David Boots's discussion 'Own It'
"Surely Isis have taken it on themselves to enact this empire-building narrative, but in a crazy extreme way.  They're like Mohammed on crack. "
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Simon Paynton replied to Katherine A Flowers's discussion 'Pattern recognition'
""there is no pattern to recognize."  - surely we don't recognise patterns so much as create and impose them. "
Wednesday
Simon Paynton replied to David Boots's discussion 'Own It'
"I've been reading that Islam should be considered as a "religious empire" rather than a religion.  From the beginning, its modus operandi has been to invade other countries and convert them to Islam.  So there are two parts:…"
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Simon Paynton replied to David Boots's discussion 'Own It'
"What do you suggest they could do?  Does anyone really have an idea of what to do? "
Wednesday
Simon Paynton replied to Katherine A Flowers's discussion 'Pattern recognition'
"In days gone by, people were presumably seeing the same patterns we see now: but they didn't understand the explanation for them.  These days, we usually understand why things happen.  So we can have more trust in our pattern…"
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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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Pattern recognition post revived

Started by Unseen in Small Talk 21 minutes ago. 0 Replies

Atheist undercover

Started by proudAthiest in Small Talk. Last reply by TJ yesterday. 5 Replies

Prayer and hymns at Hallsville High Graduation

Started by Eric Andrist in Church & State. Last reply by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on Friday. 1 Reply

Pattern recognition

Started by Katherine A Flowers in Small Talk. Last reply by Andrew Brown on Friday. 9 Replies

Own It

Started by David Boots in Religion and the Religious, Atheism and Atheists. Last reply by Davis Goodman yesterday. 40 Replies

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