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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

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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 April 30th 2017' in the group Sunday School
"The video on the "roots of religion" is interesting.  It is somehow significant that the "symbolic revolution" took place when modern humans migrated from Africa, and also, that this intensified during the ice age in…"
7 hours ago
Simon Paynton replied to Unseen's discussion 'Should you use your superweapon?'
"I think that North Korea is going to end up getting nuked, unless there is a people's revolution to get rid of the leadership.  The US has no choice but to act, if North Korea launch a nuclear missile anywhere.  The leadership would…"
Apr 15
Simon Paynton replied to Rebel's discussion 'Pakistan university student lynched by mob over alleged blasphemy: police'
"That's terrible, the same thing could happen [in another universe] to any of us, just for using our brains, and exercising our intellectual freedom. "
Apr 14
Simon Paynton replied to Rebel's discussion 'Pakistan university student lynched by mob over alleged blasphemy: police'
"I think it is very sensible to keep God and the law separate.  I agree it seems likely that it's power-hungry people who exploit the blasphemy and other religious laws for their own ends, not just in Pakistan.  It makes perfect sense…"
Apr 14
Simon Paynton replied to Rebel's discussion 'Pakistan university student lynched by mob over alleged blasphemy: police'
"I think it's worse when "we are the good people club, we take our authority from God, and if you are not with us, you are intrinsically bad, and, in fact, worse than terrorists".  I think this is one and the same as culture, they…"
Apr 14
Simon Paynton replied to Rebel's discussion 'Pakistan university student lynched by mob over alleged blasphemy: police'
"Why do (for example) Pakistani Muslims get so worked up about any criticism or questioning of religion, never mind non-belief?  I know religion is largely a closed club, and apostasy is punishable by death in many countries.  I know that…"
Apr 14
Simon Paynton replied to David Boots's discussion 'Catholicism is terrorism'
"That's a terrible story.  It just shows how cruel culture can be (the nuns were justified by the prohibition on having children out of wedlock) and how vulnerable children can be. "
Apr 8
Simon Paynton replied to Nathaniel's discussion 'I'm not one of you......'
"Is not this whole debate, science versus religion, a recent invention?  As I understand it, it began with the enlightenment when the Western world started to become more scientific in outlook.  Religion was upset that people were turning…"
Apr 8
Simon Paynton replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'Does Secularism make things worse?'
"It's not an indictment, it's a criticism, a plea for something to be fixed.  It seems to me that religion works well as a companion to a strong, humane and uncorrupted state.  The state keeps law and order and provides the…"
Apr 7
Simon Paynton replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'Does Secularism make things worse?'
"It's not punishment and exclusion that I have a problem with - like you say, those things are sometimes necessary, as part of upholding the moral order.  What I have a problem with, sometimes, and especially in the past, is what religion…"
Apr 5
Simon Paynton replied to Jake LaFort's discussion 'More fulfilling consolation of eternal life or one life to live?'
"Thanks.  I've read that "allah" has the same root as "holy".  I wonder why Islam appears to be a lot more strict and detailed than Christianity in prescribing how people should live their lives, and harsher in the…"
Apr 5
Simon Paynton replied to Jake LaFort's discussion 'More fulfilling consolation of eternal life or one life to live?'
"I think this is interesting, Zombie Atheist.  In Christianity, from what I understand, believers are "saved" and "forgiven by God" while non-believers are not.  I take this to mean, Christians go to heaven automatically…"
Apr 5
Simon Paynton replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'Does Secularism make things worse?'
"OK, so clearly he did sometimes threaten people with hell.  But he was describing God, and religion, and I think there's a distinction to be made between how Jesus described God and how to please God, and how Jesus the person actually…"
Apr 3
Simon Paynton replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'Does Secularism make things worse?'
"But there are often times when people can be "banished" or "excluded" by "God" or the Church, on what appears to everyone else to be very flimsy grounds.  My point is that when someone breaks the rules, whatever…"
Apr 3
Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday School April 2nd 2017' in the group Sunday School
"The article on Sarah Haider, ex-muslim is interesting,  This article by Ayaan Hirsi Ali makes a good companion piece. "
Apr 2
Simon Paynton replied to Tyrion's discussion 'Do humans benefit the Earth? If so, explain.'
"What I've described are the evolutionary pressures that make us behave differently from the other great apes.  We all notice it when cooperation does not work, but we tend not to notice all the rest of the time when everyday life is made…"
Mar 31

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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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