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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?

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"How do you feel about atheist spirituality?  Have you come across it?  It's pretty much like Buddhism crossed with evolution theory and other sciences, and philosophy, in my opinion.  But it crosses over well with the existing…"
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Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'To assimilate? Or not to assimilate? That is the question'
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"It seems that you have arrived at a very strong position.  As an atheist, I appreciate what Jesus had to say and listen to it, but I don't believe in God and don't need to in order to live my life.  I do believe there may be an…"
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"Fascinating article about a new branch of humanity. "
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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…

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Thanks for accepting my friend request. Anyways, I was wondering, how did put a music playlist on your profile?

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