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"The Four Tenets of Atheism"

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Cox on Friday. 228 Replies

1. The universe is purely material. It is strictly natural, and there is no such thing as the supernatural (e.g., gods or spiritual forces). 2. The universe is scientific. It is observable, knowable…Continue

Tags: worldview, tenets, Axioms

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

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Simon Paynton replied to Bouncy Edhel's discussion 'I Think I'm Dead... Advice?'
""They're more scared of you than you are of them." - wanna bet? "
3 hours ago
Simon Paynton replied to Stutz's discussion 'The Consequences of Omnipotence'
"There are elements of a new version of spirituality there too, because it's so profound and powerful and because morality can be closely related to spirituality. "
3 hours ago
Simon Paynton replied to Stutz's discussion 'The Consequences of Omnipotence'
""One can have a scientific explanation that (over)fits all existing data that really isn't worth very much."  - basically it consists of the two central principles, both explained plausibly by evolution, the first one giving…"
3 hours ago
Simon Paynton replied to Stutz's discussion 'The Consequences of Omnipotence'
""You are pursuing this type of explanation for philosophical reasons, not because that's where dispassionate observation of the data is taking you." - you're mistaken Dr Bob, I had the observations first, the ideas second, and…"
10 hours ago
Simon Paynton replied to Bouncy Edhel's discussion 'I Think I'm Dead... Advice?'
"I agree.  Get away.  There's no need to go through all that stress.  Whatever fallout you might face isn't going to be as bad as the ordeal you are describing. "
14 hours ago
Simon Paynton replied to Stutz's discussion 'The Consequences of Omnipotence'
"Ah, but Dr Bob, the world of mathematics is an independent, platonic, pre-existing logical universe of its own. "
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Simon Paynton replied to Stutz's discussion 'The Consequences of Omnipotence'
"I always think, if God created the universe, then it's one where life can exist.  If he was to intervene arbitrarily then the universe wouldn't work.  The fact that things can go wrong, terrible misfortunes can happen, is the…"
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Simon Paynton replied to Stutz's discussion 'The Consequences of Omnipotence'
"Not just our consciousness, but clocks too. "
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Simon Paynton replied to Stutz's discussion 'The Consequences of Omnipotence'
"But surely whatever the setup, God could transcend time.  I understand that time can run at different rates for different objects depending on their spacial velocity. "
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Simon Paynton replied to Stutz's discussion 'The Consequences of Omnipotence'
""There's no "travel" through spacetime, there's just a static world line." - OK, but from our own human perspective, we travel along this world line, right?  I presume the line can be as wiggly and random as our…"
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Simon Paynton replied to Stutz's discussion 'The Consequences of Omnipotence'
"Theory of relativity"
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Simon Paynton replied to Stutz's discussion 'The Consequences of Omnipotence'
"You know I'm an atheist, but I will say, if God existed, He wouldn't have the form of a living being like we understand, with eyeballs and fingernails, or eyeballs on his fingernails, and being God, of course he could sit outside our…"
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Simon Paynton replied to Stutz's discussion 'The Consequences of Omnipotence'
"I'm sure I read somewhere that Einstein said we travel through spacetime at the speed of light.  So when we travel quickly through space, we travel more slowly through time, so that the overall speed [OK, probably velocity] is the…"
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Simon Paynton replied to Stutz's discussion 'The Consequences of Omnipotence'
"I'm not taking sides here, just weighing in.  What if you could see the universe from outside as a complete 4-D entity?  Meaning that as well as all of space, you could see all of time, the entire universe from start to finish. …"
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Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'Books to read in 2015'
"An interesting thing I have found is that not all narcissists are horrible people.  Some of them can be quite nice.  Does "narcissist" equate with "psychopath"?  People who can't connect with others and…"
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Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'Another philosophical question...'
"But the imperative to survive has a life of its own.  We don't drop dead when we become infertile, for example.  "it's for naught."  - except that we enjoy our life more. "
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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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