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Question for Evolution and Natural Selection brainiacs

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gregg RThomas May 29, 2016. 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 Jake LaFort's blog post 'How does religion (fundamentalism) affect empathy?'
"I think it's interesting that crocodiles care for their young, and they are also the most social and intelligent of the reptiles.  They communicate with each other by calls, squeaks and grunts.  They show a kind of…"
11 hours ago
Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday School, Year Zero, Day 3' in the group Sunday School
"It's like a family of species - the human family tree.  The branches are obviously a bit tangled.  As far as we currently think, the austropithicenes ("southern apes") evolved into Homo erectus 2 million years ago, then Homo…"
12 hours ago
Simon Paynton commented on Jake LaFort's blog post 'How does religion (fundamentalism) affect empathy?'
"It's true Beanie, the Good Samaritan story is an example of religion breaking empathy through to the out-group member. "
14 hours ago
Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday School, Year Zero, Day 3' in the group Sunday School
"Fascinating article on Neanderthal DNA.  Genes show that they were a European and Asian species and not African. "
15 hours ago
Simon Paynton commented on Jake LaFort's blog post 'How does religion (fundamentalism) affect empathy?'
"Of course, there are many factors which can influence whom we approve of. "
15 hours ago
Simon Paynton commented on Jake LaFort's blog post 'How does religion (fundamentalism) affect empathy?'
"Empathy has several components, which are broadly:  1) mind-reading;  2) helping behaviour in response to need;  3) feeling in response to someone else's feeling (positive-positive, negative-negative, positive-negative,…"
15 hours ago
Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'My walking partner is a sex offender'
"I used to know someone who stayed away from the internet for a good reason.  You wouldn't want to enable your friend to get himself in trouble. "
16 hours ago
Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'My walking partner is a sex offender'
"I'd like to go walking with you!  And I'm safe on a computer.  I think. "
21 hours ago
Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'My walking partner is a sex offender'
"I think you shouldn't give it to him.  That would be enabling him, and do you want that?  Let him do it himself. "
21 hours ago
Simon Paynton replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'It's hard to know where to start'
"Yes Pope Beanie, I think you're right, in-group vs out-group thinking is a definite thing, at both a subconscious and conscious level.  Ask a democrat what they think of a republican, and vice versa.  ("evil") "
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Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'Can you ever really heal from trauma/abuse?'
"Some people say that you never get over it, you just learn to deal with it better. "
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Simon Paynton replied to ProgrammingGodJordan's discussion '★★★★★★★★★★★★ [1 second conversion] Convert theist to atheist, in 1 second ★★★★★★★★★★★★'
"I was watching a philosopher on Youtube today and he says he's a "fallible-ist".  This means he has strongly held beliefs but knows they might be wrong - and that this position in itself may be wrong. "
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Simon Paynton replied to ProgrammingGodJordan's discussion '★★ The human race is inherently atheistic (says simple science)'
"It's a cult in the same sense, then, that Little Mix fans are a cult, but not in the same sense that Scientologists are a cult.  You're missing out the brainwashing element. "
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Simon Paynton replied to ProgrammingGodJordan's discussion '★★★★★★★★★★★★ [1 second conversion] Convert theist to atheist, in 1 second ★★★★★★★★★★★★'
"It makes sense when you put it that way.  I have maybe a 10% belief in the existence of God, based on experiential evidence.  Mostly, I just don't care either way.  Some people believe in guardian angels: this evidence may be…"
Friday
Simon Paynton replied to ProgrammingGodJordan's discussion '★★★★★★★★★★★★ [1 second conversion] Convert theist to atheist, in 1 second ★★★★★★★★★★★★'
"So, theists can't be sure that God exists.  Atheists can't be sure that God doesn't exist.  Both think that their position is probably true.  That's how it is. "
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Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'A brave new adventure'
"Nice one Belle!  :-)"
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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…

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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?

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 7:47am on June 30, 2013, ɐuɐz ǝllǝıuɐp said…

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