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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 Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday School May 3rd 2015' in the group Sunday School
"Dan Dennett on the future of religion:  "If this trend continues, religion largely will evaporate, at least in the West. Pockets of intense religious activity may continue, made up of people who will be more sharply differentiated from…"
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Simon Paynton commented on Belle Rose's blog post 'Dealing with the unexpected'
"Keep on trying.  That's all you can do. "
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Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday School April 26th 2015' in the group Sunday School
"Very interesting article about dark matter.  Sounds like a zoo up there. "
Apr 29
Simon Paynton replied to Kirk LeFou's discussion 'Why do Atheists have to be freaking science experts?'
""the origin of the universe that I'm not capable of discussing scientifically." - I think nobody is, and that's why both sides will always carry on arguing. "
Apr 29
Simon Paynton replied to Stutz's discussion 'The Consequences of Omnipotence'
"In fact, it's the definition of compassion, if we define compassion as an action.  We value compassion. "
Apr 27
Simon Paynton replied to Stutz's discussion 'The Consequences of Omnipotence'
"What I mean is, it's already seen as "good" by all people, so that makes it by far the best choice of value for certain facts. "
Apr 27
Simon Paynton replied to Stutz's discussion 'The Consequences of Omnipotence'
""why not take the position that we derive a sense of value by out-competing, slaughtering, and spreading?" - this comes down to the fact/value divide or deriving an ought from an is.  The question of whether morality can be…"
Apr 27
Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'What is the difference between ethics and morals?'
"This might interest you, @Pope Beanie.  From "The Moral Sense" by James Q Wilson:  "Much of the time our inclination toward fair play or our sympathy for the plight of others are immediate and instinctive, a reflex of our…"
Apr 26
Simon Paynton replied to Stutz's discussion 'The Consequences of Omnipotence'
""My third confusion is that competition seems to be missing.  In the real world, the organisms that survive are the ones that out-compete others.  Healthy bacteria with a high "quality of life" are probably making another…"
Apr 26
Simon Paynton replied to Unseen's discussion 'Show us your funny atheist visuals, cartoons, memes, etc.'
"I've used it before, but I love this one.  "
Apr 26
Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'What is the difference between ethics and morals?'
"In that case, it seems pretty easy to threaten you. "
Apr 26
Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'What is the difference between ethics and morals?'
"What was missing was truth.  Truth is a fundamental and necessary part of morality.  So you can't blame morality. "
Apr 26
Simon Paynton replied to Stutz's discussion 'The Consequences of Omnipotence'
""quality-of-life"   - being strong and healthy and, where capable, feeling good.  Flourishing.  ""quality of life" for a bacterium.  ...  Simple organisms don't…"
Apr 25
Simon Paynton replied to Stutz's discussion 'The Consequences of Omnipotence'
"@Dr Bob - "universal theories" - it is universal, except it's framed in a scientific way.  I think that in the same way, religion is universal too.  It's two different ways of looking at the same universal…"
Apr 24
Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'Another philosophical question...'
"@Saul Dobney - it's interesting that you mention balancing.  You're right, I think that much of morality involves various balancing acts:  between the individual's needs and that of the people around him; between the…"
Apr 23
Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'What is the difference between ethics and morals?'
"I agree - I would see morality as the study of broad theoretical principles, while ethics is the practical application of those principles.  But dictionary.com and wikipedia say that they're the same thing. "
Apr 22

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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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