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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 Belle Rose's discussion 'The most powerful force in the Universe'
"I agree with Mike.  It might seem like a bit of a foolish thing to do, financially, but if you don't have one more baby, you're going to regret it for the rest of your life.  PLUS you're such a superstar, things might just…"
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Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday School August 23rd 2015' in the group Sunday School
"Thanks Reg for a great Sunday School.   The article about atheism and the meaning of life, shows that atheism has something to bring to the table here.  Valuing this world rather than the next.  Finding meaning in the material.…"
Aug 23
Simon Paynton replied to Davis Goodman's discussion 'Three dimentional confirmation bias'
"Looking at the picture, I can see that babies are f***ing big.  I wouldn't like to push one of those out.  Big up to all mothers. "
Aug 21
Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday School August 16th 2015' in the group Sunday School
"Absolutely brilliant article about evolutionary psychology and the temptation to write your own fanciful story that fits the known facts.  At least, I like it; Thomas Costick thinks it's a comedy story, and it does come from a comedy show…"
Aug 16
Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday School August 16th 2015' in the group Sunday School
"Nice one Reg! "
Aug 16
Simon Paynton replied to umar's discussion 'New site'
"umar, do you think you could make the avatars bigger in atheistzone.com?  They're too small to see at the moment.  The ones in TA are the right size.  Thanks!  "
Jul 6
Simon Paynton replied to umar's discussion 'New site'
"It seems like umar wants the best for TA.  I can't think of a better name right now, but if anyone can do so, that would be great.  I'd be prepared to put in $10 a month, perhaps others would like to do the same, and we can cover…"
Jul 6
Simon Paynton replied to umar's discussion 'New site'
"+1.   RIP Think Atheist?  Now it's atheist zone?  Like gay zone or something?  No more thinking?  Just zoning? "
Jul 5
Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'Sexy Lingo - Let that inner sex kitten ROAR!!!' in the group Everything Sex - NSFW
"Be aware that some of them might try pulling your leg and telling you slang that isn't real, however, it doesn't matter too much because people are forever making up new sayings and slang, especially around sex, so if it's not in the…"
Jul 4
Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'Sexy Lingo - Let that inner sex kitten ROAR!!!' in the group Everything Sex - NSFW
Jul 4
Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'Sexy Lingo - Let that inner sex kitten ROAR!!!' in the group Everything Sex - NSFW
"In fact, I would have thought they would enjoy explaining what something meant, partly just to talk dirty, and partly to build a "professional" relationship with you.  And Brits love American chicks.  Have you seen that song by…"
Jul 3
Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'Sexy Lingo - Let that inner sex kitten ROAR!!!' in the group Everything Sex - NSFW
"Or you could try just asking.  I don't think that would kill the mood. "
Jul 3
Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'Sexy Lingo - Let that inner sex kitten ROAR!!!' in the group Everything Sex - NSFW
"Like Unseen says, have the Urban Dictionary to hand.  I've never come across any slang that wasn't in there. "
Jul 3
Simon Paynton commented on innerspaceboy's blog post 'The Return of The Classy Bastard!'
"Hey innerspaceboy, I still have these feedback/noise masterpieces from a limited edition 1984 cassette by The New Blockaders / Vortex Campaign (from Morpeth, Northumberland).  Or The New Vortex Blockaders Campaign.  I don't know if…"
Jul 3
Simon Paynton commented on Belle Rose's blog post 'Fear - a thought observed'
"It's great to hear that, Belle.   :-)"
Jul 3
Simon Paynton replied to Unseen's discussion 'The Problem of Omniscience'
"Explain it to me.  I never heard it first time around.  "
Jun 29

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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…

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!

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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…

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