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"The Four Tenets of Atheism"

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Cox Apr 17. 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 Dr. Bob's discussion 'Is Atheism an Idea?'
"Being a vocal anti-theist might seem like a waste of time in theory, but there are plenty of people who need to be rescued from religion when it has become a toxic instrument of harm in their lives.  So someone like Richard Dawkins, even though…"
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Simon Paynton replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'Is Atheism an Idea?'
"If we reject the idea of a God, there's not much else that we have to do in order to be consistent.  We have to find alternative explanations for the things that God is traditionally said to do:  making and operating the universe, and…"
10 hours ago
Simon Paynton replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'Is Atheism an Idea?'
"To put the question another way, does believing in God matter?  (To atheists, obviously not.)  I think the biggest implication is for the moral system: the two versions have different bases, but they can wind up the same.  Apart from…"
14 hours ago
Simon Paynton replied to Katie Patterson 's discussion 'am i the only athiest that believes in spirits'
"Those things are lame.  They're the kind of minor events that happen all the time to everyone.  She does give you a bit of numerology stuff but I ignore it. "
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Simon Paynton replied to Katie Patterson 's discussion 'am i the only athiest that believes in spirits'
"She spelled out the most significant events in my life during the year following the reading.  They've all come true.  I don't see what's vague about that, and Derren Brown couldn't have done it.  How can you be so…"
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Simon Paynton replied to Katie Patterson 's discussion 'am i the only athiest that believes in spirits'
"Well, at least she's not a grammar nazi.  "absurdities", "preposterous"  - since when was "proof by ridicule" a valid deductive technique? "
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Simon Paynton replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'If you woke up tomorrow...'
"I think it's a very interesting question.  I'm always interested in our motivations for basic, universal behaviour.  As you know, these can fall into two categories, proximate and ultimate.  Proximate motivations are what…"
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Simon Paynton replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'If you woke up tomorrow...'
""I'm not interested in explanations for altruistic behavior; that's an atheist hangup." - ouch, touchy..."
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Simon Paynton commented on Reg The Fronkey Farmer's blog post 'YES'
"Irish people are cool"
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Simon Paynton commented on Reg The Fronkey Farmer's blog post 'YES'
"Two thirds, in a Catholic country.  :-)"
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Simon Paynton replied to Katie Patterson 's discussion 'am i the only athiest that believes in spirits'
""Anyway, if you believe in spirits and ghosts, you might as well believe in God."  - I don't think that's very scientific at all. "
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Simon Paynton replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'If you woke up tomorrow...'
""SSC" - Swedish Space Corporation? "
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Simon Paynton replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'If you woke up tomorrow...'
"It depends on what you think is the right thing to do, what you want to do, what you enjoy, what you need to do, how you want to spend your life, whether you want it to have meaning.  I'm really happy I can stay at home all day studying…"
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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…

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

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

Thank you! :)

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

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