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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 replied to Wassabi's discussion 'the possibilty of a creator after all?'
""all of time already exists and that we are the ones moving through a static time"  - I always think that all of spacetime already exists, as a 4-D landscape, and I believe Einstein said that we travel through spacetime at the speed…"
Saturday
Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday School June 12th 2016' in the group Sunday School
"The article on Muslims distancing themselves / their action from terrorism seems rather brilliant.  It reminds me of the Golden Rule, which can be stated as "I see that you need help, therefore I want to help you". "
Jun 17
Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday School June 12th 2016' in the group Sunday School
"Thanks for an excellent Sunday School as always. "
Jun 17
Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday School June 12th 2016' in the group Sunday School
"Cosmology:  I really agree with this:  "The true gold standard for science is constant self-questioning, constant re‑evaluation, and constant open-mindedness in the search for better explanations.""
Jun 17
Simon Paynton commented on Jazmine Nicole Robertson's blog post 'How I feel deep inside'
"I always think the point of life is long term flourishing.  But "The Power of Now" is very real too. "
Jun 16
Simon Paynton commented on Jazmine Nicole Robertson's blog post 'How I feel deep inside'
"I think it's important to have goals and a passion in life. "
Jun 15
Simon Paynton commented on Jazmine Nicole Robertson's blog post 'How I feel deep inside'
"The point is right now"
Jun 14
Simon Paynton replied to Unseen's discussion 'MY POST-ORLANDO GUNS EDITORIAL'
""simply make a bomb out of materials easily available in their local hardware, feed & seed, and/or grocery store."   - alternatively, they could just buy a high-velocity assault rifle from Walmart. "
Jun 14
Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday School June 12th 2016' in the group Sunday School
"Original Sin:  I disagree with JH Mckenna's analysis.  I think there is such a thing as Original Sin.  Buddhism defines sin as greed, hatred/anger, and ignorance.  Beyond this, there's also doing the wrong thing. …"
Jun 14
Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'I think I finally figured it out.'
"Do check out some of Jo Frost's books and DVDs or Youtube or whatever she's got.  She really is an expert in sorting out all kinds of difficult kids. "
Jun 14
Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday School June 12th 2016' in the group Sunday School
"Who's bananaman?   "
Jun 13
Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'I think I finally figured it out.'
"Supernanny (Jo Frost) would know what to do. "
Jun 10
Simon Paynton replied to JadeBlackOlive's discussion 'Fossil Dog' in the group Atheists who love Science!
"I think that recent evolution is fascinating.  I just found out that whales and dolphins are related to hippos, cows, pigs, sheep, deer and camels. "
Jun 2
Simon Paynton replied to JadeBlackOlive's discussion 'Neanderthals used fire in caves:' in the group Atheists who love Science!
"I think it's not surprising, as Neanderthals were the sister species to Homo sapiens, and our parent species, Homo heidelbergensis, used fire in a controlled way from 400,000 years ago. "
Jun 2
Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday School May 29th 2016' in the group Sunday School
"Thanks for an excellent Sunday School as always.  I'll have to come back to this in a couple of weeks, as I only get a half-hour slot per day on the computer, lol, but I think Islam really, really needs another period of…"
May 30
Simon Paynton replied to Ralph Burks's discussion 'Are atheist a part of the collective consciousness?'
"There is an author and psychology professor I like and respect called Steve Taylor whose main field of interest is "spiritual awakening".  As an awakened person (I've met him and it's true) he maintains that everything is…"
May 30

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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 11:52am on June 30, 2013, ɐuɐz ǝllǝıuɐp said…

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

Thank you! :)

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

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