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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?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Paynton Mar 20, 2013. 242 Replies

This is what I need to know.  I don't want to comment, only listen. Continue

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Simon Paynton replied to Unseen's discussion 'What are some of your guilty pleasures'
"Gilmore Girls.  It reminds me of my sister and her family who live in Washington DC (I am British) and the life I might have had if I'd married her Christian lodger.  Chivas Regal 12 year old blended malt whisky, or Johnny Walker…"
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Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday School September 28th 2014' in the group Sunday School
"I think Charles Devennes' theory of atheology makes sense.  So we're in the middle of a Hegelian synthesis according to him.  Who'd have thought it?  Apparently I'm a humanist and a spiritual atheist. "
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Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'It is God's WILL to kill innocent children...again....'
"As did we all.  I just looked at it for the first time, and it's got "hoax" written all over it.  I didn't check out the link before starting to form an opinion. "
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Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'It is God's WILL to kill innocent children...again....'
"It seems that Belle was duped as well.  I can understand you getting annoyed at the hoax. "
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Simon Paynton commented on Belle Rose's blog post 'Aftermath'
"I meant "natural", as in "understandable in the circumstances", but I think "normal" also applies, as in "usual".  I think that acceptance is also necessary. Please forgive the cold unfeeling tone. …"
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"I agree, you have to face up to these things. "
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Simon Paynton commented on Belle Rose's blog post 'Aftermath'
"I think it's very natural to feel the way you're feeling. "
Sep 20
Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'What do you do when you hurt?'
"I agree with Virgil.  - We all know it's not going to change your life or anything, but have you seen this?  "
Sep 16
Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'What do you do when you hurt?'
"If I was there in person I'd give you a big hug and hang out with you. "
Sep 16
Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'What do you do when you hurt?'
"In this situation I try to make no demands on myself whatsoever, and just try and heal.  Actions might include anything relaxing including music, TV, gym, anything I enjoy doing for its own sake. "
Sep 15
Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday School September 14th 2014' in the group Sunday School
"I think the term "atheist spirituality" does the job very well.  If Sam Harris says that spirituality helps us to be more ethical, I think he's right, in the same way that reading a book about fishing helps us to be better at…"
Sep 15
Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday School September 14th 2014' in the group Sunday School
"Yes, I must say, thank you so much for putting this together every week.  It's like an "atheist news roundup" and helps me stay in touch with what's going on in the atheist world. "
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Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'What do you do when you hurt?'
"What I do is be kind to myself and take it really easy, do things that make me feel good. "
Sep 15
Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday School September 14th 2014' in the group Sunday School
"I'm firmly with Sam Harris in trying to discover atheist spirituality.  It's been around for 2600 years anyway - it's called Buddhism.  Buddhism isn't the be-all-and-end-all of spirituality, but it is very informative…"
Sep 14
Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'The Capacity for Love - cross species bonds....'
"Beautiful pictures, Robert. "
Sep 14
Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'The Capacity for Love - cross species bonds....'
"I've recently read about animals adopting the young of other species ("Mothers and Others - the evolutionary origins of mutual understanding" by Sarah Blaffer Hrdy, p.209).  "Not long ago, in an incident reminiscent of the…"
Sep 14

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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 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!

At 6:29pm on July 6, 2013, ɐuɐz ǝllǝıuɐp said…

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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…

I meant, HE studies your stuff

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

He does. It studies your stuff, seriously

 
 
 

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