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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'
"@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…"
14 hours ago
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. "
23 hours ago
Simon Paynton commented on Belle Rose's blog post 'A Rabbit Trail That Leads to Nowhere'
"I think there must be some true things about it, otherwise it couldn't work to make people happy.  Reality has to make sense;  "working to make people happy" is an example of reality making sense. "
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Simon Paynton commented on Belle Rose's blog post 'A Rabbit Trail That Leads to Nowhere'
""truth is not black and white."  - @Belle - my friend says "truth is love". "
Thursday
Simon Paynton replied to Violeta Babacan's discussion 'What do you think about this person's ability to "talk to the dead?"'
"I'd need to see more sources before I make a decision or probability. "
Monday
Simon Paynton commented on Belle Rose's blog post 'A Rabbit Trail That Leads to Nowhere'
"You've got to do what's right for you. "
Nov 27
Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'The Trinity'
"I understand your poiint, but in this case, it's intended as a very thorough answer to Belle's question.  It gives the history of the story and an explanation of the theology behind the eventual final version. "
Nov 24
Simon Paynton replied to RyanGutten's discussion 'God gives us free will because He chooses to have a relationship with us. If you deny is that is your choice?'
"@Strega - that's true.  But the issue is whether or not this will is free.  There was an interview with Roger Penrose the other day, Stephen Hawking's buddy, and he was saying that quantum effects are well known in biology,…"
Nov 24
Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'The Trinity'
"It just so happens I just got hold of some "icons" from a UK Greek Orthodox Church, and one of them is The Trinity, and there's a big leaflet all about the Trinity.  I'll see if I can extract some useful information for…"
Nov 24
Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'You have faith too....'
"What have you discovered?  In your experience, in what way does it make sense? "
Nov 22
Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday School November 13th 2016' in the group Sunday School
"Pete Singer believes that someone over the other side of the world deserves equal consideration with yourself or your family and friends.  I think this is a foolish position that ignores a fundamental fact of nature:  inclusive…"
Nov 22
Simon Paynton replied to Ivy Tatum's discussion 'Does anyone believe in ghosts?' in the group Bible Belt Atheists
"Ivy, why not give this a listen if you haven't already heard it.  The spookiest thing I have ever heard.  BBC Radio 4 Christmas Spirits"
Nov 21
Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday School November 13th 2016' in the group Sunday School
"I didn't know that Neanderthals interbred with homo sapiens so much. "
Nov 21
Simon Paynton replied to Ivy Tatum's discussion 'Does anyone believe in ghosts?' in the group Bible Belt Atheists
"Surely that's ordinary physical energy, which dissipates as heat just like any other kind of physical energy. "
Nov 21
Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'You have faith too....'
"The thing is, Occam's Raxor is not a bona fide logical operation, it's just a good rule of thumb, since nature seems to follow rules of parsimony.  As I believe Einstein said, "as simple as it needs to be to explain the facts,…"
Nov 20
Simon Paynton replied to Ivy Tatum's discussion 'Does anyone believe in ghosts?' in the group Bible Belt Atheists
"I really do not have a clue about how it could work, but I don't need to.  I have quite good quality evidence which I will hopefully upload tomorrow (the same BBC documentary which I keep on wheeling out - don't miss the talking…"
Nov 20

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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 7:51am 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…

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