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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 replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday School May 21st 2017' in the group Sunday School
"I disagree with Thomas Paine.  I read a book of theology recently, "The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God" by D A Carson.  I was really impressed with it.  Apparently, theology is the science of studying the Bible. …"
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Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday School May 21st 2017' in the group Sunday School
""Religious instinct" An instinct is something you can't just think out of existence in a one-time decision.  If there was an evolved biological instinct to be religious, then as a life-long atheist, I would have to have always…"
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Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday School May 21st 2017' in the group Sunday School
"I agree, a curious person is always more interesting than a complacent one, whatever they might believe in.  I feel a bit sorry for those very intelligent theologians who spend their lives screwing themselves up into knots trying to get their…"
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Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday School May 21st 2017' in the group Sunday School
""I often enjoy the comments more than the article itself."  - this links to a really interesting article and paper on theories about why religious people tend to be less intelligent than atheists.  The most dogmatic and…"
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Simon Paynton replied to Philo Sofer's discussion 'How to Live Well--My Philosophy of Life'
"Thank you for your discussion.  It's made me learn a lot and pushed my knowledge a long way.  I've come up with an answer to the question of the foundations of ethics and morality, and a framework that organises the subject,…"
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Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'PLEASE HELP US!!!!! This is a true emergency...'
"Shit!  I can't help!  Sorry!  Good luck. "
May 17
Simon Paynton commented on Andrew Brown's blog post 'Post Atheism'
"I think Spinoza sounds pretty interesting, and relevant.  He gets confused when he brings God into his philosophy (as you would) but he makes some interesting analyses of religion from the standpoint of a neutral observer. "
May 16
Simon Paynton replied to Philo Sofer's discussion 'How to Live Well--My Philosophy of Life'
"I think that "living well" is an appropriate primary goal in life, and "peace of mind" is a necessary and desirable component of this. "
May 12
Simon Paynton replied to Andrew Brown's discussion 'All Morality is Relative' in the group Atheist Morality
"@Walrus T:  I've quoted you.  - is this OK?  - would you like to be credited?  I think that this statement, as well as applying to "virtue", is a general-purpose statement that applies to all of morality, as far as…"
May 12
Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'I am super scared - we're headed for WW3'
"According to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, you've got a point:  she believes that political islamists exploit our free speech laws in order to infiltrate Western societies for the purpose of imposing their own anti-freedom agenda. "
May 10
Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday School May 7th 2017' in the group Sunday School
"This looks interesting.  Short and clear, that's good.  I'll get it and see what he's got to say. "
May 10
Simon Paynton replied to CDB's discussion 'Milo Yiannopoulos, topical, political, thought provoking and damn he pisses folks off....'
"Bullying is intended to cause harm.  Hence, Milo gets banned from Twitter, for stalking and harassing some random actress. "
May 10
Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday School May 7th 2017' in the group Sunday School
""Is moral disgust just bad evolution?"  - this is an interesting video: Sapolsky says that that both physical and moral disgust are processed by the same part of the brain.  This would appear to be an example of…"
May 10
Simon Paynton replied to Philo Sofer's discussion 'How to Live Well--My Philosophy of Life'
""ought"  - I'm still reading Michael Tomasello, and trying to make sense of what he says.  It seems that my understanding was slightly mistaken, and the actual answer is more interesting.  According to MT, the human…"
May 9
Simon Paynton replied to Philo Sofer's discussion 'How to Live Well--My Philosophy of Life'
""evolutionary debunking of moral intuition and belief"  - surely he provides evidence for the evolutionary reasons for moral intuition and belief.  He confirms their existence and gives reasons why they exist.  How does this…"
May 9
Simon Paynton replied to Philo Sofer's discussion 'How to Live Well--My Philosophy of Life'
""moral naturalism cannot account for the categorical quality of moral requirements."  - but you've read Michael Tomasello, who claims, plausibly, that human beings possess a moral "ought" in their nature, which is that…"
May 8

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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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