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"The Four Tenets of Atheism"

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Cox yesterday. 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 'Another philosophical question...'
""value in suffering,"  - actually, I think I'm wrong about that, because traditionally, strictly speaking, morality is all about how we treat others, and the benefit we achieve from suffering has to be our own work.  But I…"
3 hours ago
Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'Another philosophical question...'
"I think that the professor is referring to a new "theory" or analysis of morality called Moral Foundations Theory, which just means that there are other foundations to morality than benefit/harm.  See Jonathan Haidt, "The…"
3 hours ago
Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'Another philosophical question...'
"According to Wikipedia, which is my main source of information about Peter Singer, he means that when you take an action, make sure that each person affected is affected in the most positive and least negative way possible.  This is something I…"
8 hours ago
Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'Books to read in 2015'
"As for a great read, I love those 18th century English novels like "Tom Jones", "Joseph Andrews" and "Vanity Fair".  They're such fun.  Are you a jolly dog? "
13 hours ago
James Cox replied to Simon Paynton's discussion '"The Four Tenets of Atheism"'
""honk honk", brings back a few very good memories, but decided that I must be more respectful... Cleaning up 'dog(s) ___" I seem to miss.... Never had guy 'friends' that would consider a public elimination…"
yesterday
James Cox replied to Simon Paynton's discussion '"The Four Tenets of Atheism"'
"I am not sure if I can make even a reasonable claim to 'be funny'...."
yesterday
Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'Another philosophical question...'
"If you're interested, here is a very good (in my opinion), Christian critique of Singer's work.  It seems that they misinterpret him slightly: Singer didn't say "the greatest good for the greatest number" but "the…"
yesterday
Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'Another philosophical question...'
"I read the Wikipedia article about Peter Singer, and it appears that many of his ideas are similar to my own, except I would never call myself a utilitarian, or anything-arian, and I could never trust a philosopher who appears to have psychopathic…"
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Davis Goodman replied to Simon Paynton's discussion '"The Four Tenets of Atheism"'
"A creative rendering called: Most Wonderful Cup of Hot Chocolate reminds me a lot of: How To: Make breakfast Goo (for men) and the very opposite How to: Make breakfast Dew (for women) Total parodies on traditional morning gender roles."
yesterday
Simon Paynton replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'Books to read in 2015'
"I've got lined up "Evolution: the human story" by Dr Alice Roberts, and "The Neuroscience of Fair Play: why we (usually) follow the Golden Rule" by Donald W Pfaff PhD. "
yesterday
James Cox replied to Simon Paynton's discussion '"The Four Tenets of Atheism"'
"The 'Physics of Angels' was writen for a undergrad 'Writing 121' class as protest against the impression that 'there would be no creativity in this class'! I wrote two more before the class ended 'An Evaluation of…"
yesterday
Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday School April 12th 2015' in the group Sunday School
"Sunday School keeps me in touch with what's happening in the atheist world. "
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Dr. Bob replied to Simon Paynton's discussion '"The Four Tenets of Atheism"'
"???? So your science-god is now responsible for the creation of language? I must have missed something. "
Thursday
James Cox replied to Simon Paynton's discussion '"The Four Tenets of Atheism"'
"Yes, for the first, 'science' methods are used to inform decision making, or place that decision making on some 'firmer footing'. The latter, might make all of our decisions conditioned upon an insight only based upon a…"
Wednesday
Simon Mathews replied to Simon Paynton's discussion '"The Four Tenets of Atheism"'
"Bringing a Dr. Bob reply to the top level: "Just because something "works" doesn't necessarily mean that the human explanations of why it works are correct, or that the humans who developed it were thinking in a way that was at…"
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Pope Beanie replied to Simon Paynton's discussion '"The Four Tenets of Atheism"'
"Granted, sometimes it's bullshit. Meanwhile science still works; we wouldn't even be able to chat with each other if it didn't."
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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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