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Empathy exercise

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Paynton Jan 6. 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

What do women want?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Paynton Mar 20, 2013. 242 Replies

This is what I need to know.  I don't want to comment, only listen. Continue

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Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday School 31th August 2014' in the group Sunday School
"The article on empathy does a great job of separating out "cognitive empathy" versus "emotional contagion".  Both are lumped together under the word empathy - always a composite term.  I agree with Paul Bloom that…"
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Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday School 31th August 2014' in the group Sunday School
"Interesting angle on empathy - I'll give it a read. "
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Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'Fear - Your worst enemy'
"I agree that if you're not afraid to die, you're not afraid to live.  By "mean" I refer to attacking somebody for no reason, which I know you would never do.  I think the stage is set for your spiritual awakening, this…"
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"I know I'll probably get shot down in flames, but I went to see a psychic (who uses tarot cards) 9 years ago and many of her (very specific) predictions came true.  I saw her again in June this year and I'm waiting as an experiment to…"
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"Will you go along with an open mind? "
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"I think you need to re-post this in plain text, as I can only read it if I highlight it.  If you copy and paste everything into Notepad, and then re-copy and paste that, you'll be OK. "
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Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'The Cross'
"Apparently the world is becoming a more religious place, because the religious are out-breeding the atheists.  Atheist countries have a falling birth rate.  Source: "Big Gods - how religion transformed cooperation and conflict"…"
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Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'The Cross'
"Surely the cross signifies the sacrifice that Jesus is said to have made.  I thought I was creating a new religion with "my" moral theories (still under construction), but I've realised that's all they are, a bunch of…"
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Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'Fear - Your worst enemy'
"Well said, Belle. "
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Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'Fear - Your worst enemy'
"I think you're right to identify that fear is one of the things that makes people vindictive and nasty.  I don't believe you've got a nasty bone in your body. "
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Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'Fear - Your worst enemy'
"There is still room for green shoots.  You're still young.  In fact, there's always room for green shoots.  I was 10 years older than you before things started going right for me, when I never thought they would. "
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Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'How do you cure Insanity???'
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"Sorry, I was wrong to presume. "
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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 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…

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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…

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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…

I meant, HE studies your stuff

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

He does. It studies your stuff, seriously

 
 
 

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