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Question for Evolution and Natural Selection brainiacs

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ralph Burks 2 hours ago. 67 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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Ralph Burks replied to Simon Paynton's discussion 'Question for Evolution and Natural Selection brainiacs'
"I think craving,or the urge to feed is better than thriving Amoeba eat. "
2 hours ago
Simon Paynton replied to Simon Paynton's discussion 'Question for Evolution and Natural Selection brainiacs'
""I'd prefer to see the word thrive removed and not replaced as it's quite unnecessary to evolution"  - thriving is a property of living beings, while survival of the best survivors is an emergent property of the evolutionary…"
11 hours ago
Simon Paynton replied to Simon Paynton's discussion 'Question for Evolution and Natural Selection brainiacs'
"I have to admit I'm more confused than when I started.  Also, I find myself on a locked mental ward again.  I'll do some more reading and come back to you. "
15 hours ago
Simon Paynton replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'A new Bible for the new millenium'
"It's really a factual exploration of morality, ethics and spirituality which draws freely on religious, scientific, philosophical and real-life sources. "
15 hours ago
Simon Paynton replied to proudAthiest's discussion 'Feeling down lately'
"Just hold it together and I hope that one day you will be able to leave.  You're a very sweet person so in the right circumstances and conditions you would be surrounded by good friends who understand you and need you   :-)"
15 hours ago
Simon Paynton replied to Simon Paynton's discussion 'Question for Evolution and Natural Selection brainiacs'
""That's a theistic argument.  As a theist I don't mind that, mind you, but it's muddling up the science.  As @Reg describes, evolution has no intent, nor do the creatures within an evolutionary framework."  -…"
15 hours ago
Simon Paynton replied to Simon Paynton's discussion 'Question for Evolution and Natural Selection brainiacs'
""allows", "emergent behaviour" -  sounds good. "
15 hours ago
Simon Paynton replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'A new Bible for the new millenium'
"I'm producing an atheist version - http://yellowgrain.co.uk/ I don't claim to speak for all atheists, however, it's one effort that anyone can add to and is designed so that people can come up with their own insights. "
15 hours ago
Pope Beanie replied to Simon Paynton's discussion 'Question for Evolution and Natural Selection brainiacs'
"I'll throw in the towel here, but I'll be back, in another topic where I can focus on society's (er, namely creationist) over-conflation of different types of evolution and science of evolution. I don't want to hijack this…"
Sunday
TJ replied to Simon Paynton's discussion 'Question for Evolution and Natural Selection brainiacs'
"That is the evolution we are discussing though. :D"
Sunday
Pope Beanie replied to Simon Paynton's discussion 'Question for Evolution and Natural Selection brainiacs'
"Indeed! Nice and pithy."
Sunday
Pope Beanie replied to Simon Paynton's discussion 'Question for Evolution and Natural Selection brainiacs'
"Not as far as genetic evolution goes."
Sunday
SteveInCO replied to Simon Paynton's discussion 'Question for Evolution and Natural Selection brainiacs'
"In even shorter form...evolution has a direction (it must, since things do change), but it is not directed."
Sunday
TJ replied to Simon Paynton's discussion 'Question for Evolution and Natural Selection brainiacs'
"Not as far as evolution goes though. As Dr Bob, et all, reminded, the the incremental nature of the changes is more of a drift in a direction that subjects to the individual to selection pressures. :D"
Saturday
TJ replied to Simon Paynton's discussion 'Question for Evolution and Natural Selection brainiacs'
"Not supported by the geo/paleo record? The geo/paleo record confirms evolution, and, combined with genetic evidence, FURTHER confirms it. The things you say don't exist, exist.   Most species have gone extinct, over 98% of all life on…"
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Gregg RThomas replied to Simon Paynton's discussion 'Question for Evolution and Natural Selection brainiacs'
"Micheal...Micheal....Micheal, Supported???  Please show your evidence of scientific support for a Supernatural event as described in your Book of  Fairy -Tales.  A fossilized angel with wings would be good. "
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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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Why waste time hoping religious people just go away.

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