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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 DanPill's discussion 'Atheism is a belief... don't say it aint. It's a belief in non-existence of god.'
"@Jimmy - OK that's a tangled plate of spaghetti full of quintuple negatives or whatever.  Sorry but I have no idea what you're talking about.  You're saying that if I don't believe in God, I believe there might be a…"
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Simon Paynton replied to DanPill's discussion 'Atheism is a belief... don't say it aint. It's a belief in non-existence of god.'
"lol"
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Simon Paynton replied to DanPill's discussion 'Atheism is a belief... don't say it aint. It's a belief in non-existence of god.'
"Actually, maybe it's  I don't believe in God = I believe there's no God.  I don't believe in unicorns = I believe there are no unicorns.  It seems pretty straightforward to me. "
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Simon Paynton replied to DanPill's discussion 'Atheism is a belief... don't say it aint. It's a belief in non-existence of god.'
""It is a statement that can be verified empirically or proven logically."  OK, so prove that God doesn't exist. "
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Simon Paynton replied to DanPill's discussion 'Atheism is a belief... don't say it aint. It's a belief in non-existence of god.'
"I agree with you Unseen, they're equivalent.  Does anyone know any symbolic logic?  I'm not sure about these statements:  -f(g(x)) = f(-g(x)) NOT(I believe(God)) = I believe(NOT(God))"
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Simon Paynton replied to F.R.B's discussion 'Arabic atheist searching for help'
"I stand by my sentiments.  I think you need to change your avatar name double quick. "
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Simon Paynton replied to Ole Fredrik Skjegstad's discussion 'Forced to accept grace'
"I can think of three kinds of moral objectivity:  1)  a code of ethics which somehow exists as part of the universe, outside of the living world.  To an atheist this is nonensical, as morality can only exist as the behaviour of…"
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Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday School August 14th 2016' in the group Sunday School
"I love the article about the cross-science collaboration and the reverence for elegance. "
Aug 17
Simon Paynton replied to fruyian's discussion 'Thoughts on this quote by J.C. Ryle'
"I think he's saying that people reject the Bible because I agree that people find whatever they're looking for when they read the Bible or Qu'ran. "
Aug 13
Simon Paynton replied to Ole Fredrik Skjegstad's discussion 'Forced to accept grace'
""acting on disordered desires"  - I agree.  "sin implies a choice"  - why does it have to imply a choice?  Often, we can't help ourselves, but we still behave badly.  "I wonder how we determine…"
Aug 9
Simon Paynton replied to Carver Anderson's discussion 'Daughter has to write 3 things about Religion'
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Simon Paynton replied to Carver Anderson's discussion 'Daughter has to write 3 things about Religion'
"Or this   "
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Simon Paynton replied to Ole Fredrik Skjegstad's discussion 'Forced to accept grace'
"I think "disordered desires" is a good term for "sin", if sin means not acting in our own and others' long term best interests. "
Aug 8
Simon Paynton commented on Belle Rose's blog post 'Dealing with unexpected crazy success...is it me? Or is it luck?'
"We always knew you were a superstar.  All those experiences you've had weren't for nothing.  Don't be tempted to get complacent and think that being brilliant is enough in itself, because hard work is necessary too ...…"
Aug 8
Simon Paynton replied to Ole Fredrik Skjegstad's discussion 'Forced to accept grace'
""Aboriginal peoples and tribes are typically brutal."  - they are, but most of the brutality is between groups, and there is a lot of cooperation within the groups.  "cooperation is something that is taught to children,…"
Aug 7
Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday School July 31st 2016' in the group Sunday School
"Kenan Malik is very illuminating as always, and he speaks very well.  I agree that religious and secular morality is on an equal footing regarding picking and choosing one's values, and also that neither is arbitrary.  People bring to…"
Aug 5

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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?

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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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