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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 Dante's discussion 'Bible Belt Promiscuity'
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"I presume it was the middle-eastern equivalents of those names. "
Tuesday
Simon Paynton replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'If you woke up tomorrow...'
"Yup. "
Tuesday
Simon Paynton replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'If you woke up tomorrow...'
""SSC" - Swedish Space Corporation? "
Tuesday
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…"
Tuesday
Simon Paynton replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'If you woke up tomorrow...'
"I agree, all that Buddhist history is interesting.  I wish I had more time for stuff but this project occupies me 24/7. "
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My beauties

"Very beautiful. "
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Simon Paynton replied to Logicallunatic's discussion '"It's not Adam and Steve, it's Adam and Eve"'
"1 beer?  Was it a ginger beer? "
Monday
Simon Paynton replied to Logicallunatic's discussion '"It's not Adam and Steve, it's Adam and Eve"'
"I'd say they usually just manage to keep it quiet.  It's not hard to find outlets in this culture and day and age.  Men are pretty good at indulging themselves secretly.  Of course, some of them hate themselves…"
Monday
Simon Paynton replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'If you woke up tomorrow...'
"That's true, but it's so complicated and obscure.  A lot of what they see as important doesn't seem to be very useful in everyday life.  For example, "emptiness".  Who ever gives a fuck about that?  I get…"
Monday
Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday School May 17th 2015' in the group Sunday School
"And also there's something that we as atheists can uniquely contribute to the spiritual and moral arena, that the others don't have:  "nature's compassion" which is based on evolution, and apparently only I can see, at…"
Monday
Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'Outrageous!!!! - Please sign this petition to hold this church accountable....' in the group Lobbying - it is SO easy!
"He has a pattern of extreme harrassment, and I can't live with that.  So I've got to do something about it this time before it gets going again.  It first started because I asked him to apologise for being horrible to a girl who…"
Monday
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Richard Dawkins exploding at bullshit in the Bible

"I think the two people in purple - the Jewish lady and the vicar person - handle themselves pretty well.  It's encouraging to hear her saying that their belief changes and grows over time.  Completely contrary to Islam where you can…"
Monday
Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday School May 17th 2015' in the group Sunday School
""being still and self aware" - I'd say that's part of spirituality.  "reflecting on life with my own thought process"  - this is also said to be part of spirituality.  "We are what are mind…"
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Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday School May 17th 2015' in the group Sunday School
"Because a spiritual direction is good for everyone.  Everyone benefits from it.  Personal growth, taming the ego.  It makes us happy. "
Sunday
Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday School May 17th 2015' in the group Sunday School
"We need our ego, you're right.  Nature put it there for the purpose of survival.  It looks after us.  But survival and happiness can sometimes be two different things.  Our egos can torture us and keep us locked away from…"
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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.

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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?

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

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

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Bible Belt Promiscuity

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