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Empathy exercise

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Paynton Jan 6, 2014. 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 Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday School January 25th 2015' in the group Sunday School
"Thanks for the article about free thinking Muslims.  An interesting subject, and an interesting critique of Islam. "
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Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'What is love?'
"I love the person who freed me from depression.  This is a very pure and powerful form of love and I feel very fortunate to experience it.  Before this I never knew what it was to truly love but this has shown me.  I used to be much…"
Jan 10
Simon Paynton replied to _Robert_'s discussion 'Why do living things strive to continue?'
""escape" - a form of healing."
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Simon Paynton replied to _Robert_'s discussion 'Why do living things strive to continue?'
"I understand that some people don't have the time, energy or resources for the niceties of life.  But for anyone, if you cut your finger, it heals up on its own.  And someone who doesn't have quality of life nevertheless craves…"
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Simon Paynton replied to _Robert_'s discussion 'Why do living things strive to continue?'
"Healing and quality-of-life seeking are part of the same process of survival. "
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Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday School January 4th 2015' in the group Sunday School
"The crap Steve Harvey spews out -  "If you’re an atheist, you’re basing your goodness and morality on what?"  - good question. "
Jan 6
Simon Paynton replied to Dale Headley's discussion 'Proud to be American?'
"I think that pride can mean a healthy self-respect (a good thing) or the exclusion and domination of outsiders (a bad thing). "
Jan 6
Simon Paynton replied to _Robert_'s discussion 'Why do living things strive to continue?'
"The answer's easy.  It's all about the evolutionary arms race. "
Jan 5
Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday School January 4th 2015' in the group Sunday School
"Thanks for a great Sunday School as always.  On making moral snap-judgements and the conjunction fallacy.  :  apparently religious people don't believe that atheists can be moral people, because we don't have the "eyes…"
Jan 4
Simon Paynton replied to _Robert_'s discussion 'Why do living things strive to continue?'
"And reproduction is a chemical property of the DNA molecule. "
Dec 28, 2014
Simon Paynton replied to _Robert_'s discussion 'Why do living things strive to continue?'
"+1.  It's an evolutionary arms race.  Individuals that did not try to survive got killed off and reproduced at a lower rate.  We are left with all organisms on Earth taking exquisite care to maintain their health and wellbeing…"
Dec 28, 2014
Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday School December 14th 2014' in the group Sunday School
""What makes you you?"  - the Wait but Why guy is a very interesting and intelligent thinker. "
Dec 17, 2014
Simon Paynton replied to Unseen's discussion 'Analyzing Ferguson'
""A cop doing an unjustified shooting of a tourist or other visitor, especially from an ally, would be sure to make the news SOMEWHERE."  - I suspect you're right, Unseen.  "
Dec 9, 2014
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"If we're in the car then it usually lives in the glove compartment, I don't know what the American term for that is.  "
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Dec 7, 2014

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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.

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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…

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

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