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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 Belle Rose's discussion 'Riddle me this....'
"lol"
Sep 21
Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'Worse than death'
"When in a situation like that, I always turn to the bible of Pulp Fiction, where Honey Bunny and Pumpkin are attempting to rob the diner, but they run up against Jules, who puts them in their place, but he allows them to take his wallet anyway, just…"
Sep 21
Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'Worse than death'
"It was kind of awesome, there was this whole theatre of action going on which turned out to be imaginary.  Have a listen to this amazing radio programme which was on yesterday, about mind-wandering / day-dreaming:  BBC Radio 4:  The…"
Sep 21
Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'Worse than death'
"But then a harsh parenting style, on its own, would probably (according to the therapist) not have sent your son off the rails.  What probably sent him off the rails was witnessing violence.  So the problems were real and you did the right…"
Sep 21
Simon Paynton commented on Brad Snowder's blog post 'Sextans - the sextant'
"Hilarious and well written. "
Sep 20
Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'Worse than death'
"I used to think that I could hear my neighbour, whom I had problems with, defending me and sticking up for me every step of the way, when actually it turned out she really didn't like me.  It was a shock but I was glad to be brought down…"
Sep 20
Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday School September 18th 2016' in the group Sunday School
"lolllllll!!!!!   He probably didn't do that. "
Sep 19
Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday School September 18th 2016' in the group Sunday School
"Very interesting article putting the Aquatic Ape theory in its place, and leading to some great links on early humans.  It seems that the latest thinking is that their habitat was highly variable rather than simply just grassland, leading to a…"
Sep 19
Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'What are your thoughts?'
"I'd be interested to hear what the person has to say.  I'd say, "what do you want to tell me?".  You might think it's a load of crap, or you might feel you'd learned something. "
Sep 19
Simon Paynton commented on Belle Rose's blog post 'Just in case'
"@Belle - likewise.  That night I dreamed I was talking to the Queen. "
Sep 16
Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'What are your thoughts?'
"At any rate, I think the sentiments illustrate the urge of all living things to flourish. "
Sep 15
Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'What are your thoughts?'
"I don't find it sinister, I just think he's a bit of a nutcase.  The spirit of it is that self-reliance is good, making the most of opportunities is good, don't let a bum deal in life hold you back.  The last is easier said…"
Sep 15
Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'What are your thoughts?'
"I think the person who made the original comments is actually a bit naïve to think that we can have control over everything that happens to us, and as TJ says, privileged.  At the same time, as Dr Bob says, there's a kernal of truth…"
Sep 14
Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'What are your thoughts?'
"I think these words are an object lesson in making the most of what you've got.  If that person stated that you need a mentor in decision making, maybe it's a good opportunity to learn something, that we could all benefit…"
Sep 13
Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'What are your thoughts?'
"I think there's a lot of truth in the statement, how we play our hand is completely on us.  But then, what makes one person give up while another forges ahead, under similar circumstances?  Surely it's natural for anyone to make…"
Sep 13
Simon Paynton replied to Mike's discussion 'Purpose of Life'
"I agree with peoples.  "anger, the stress, and the futility"  - sounds like depression.  I would add, get out of your comfort zone and take small steps to make things better.  "futility and pointlessness. …"
Sep 12

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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!

At 6:29pm on July 6, 2013, ɐuɐz ǝllǝıuɐp said…

Thanks, these are the ones I have left.

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…

interesting, thank you

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

Thank you! :)

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

I meant, HE studies your stuff

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