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Christian prison chaplain 'forced to resign' for condemning homosexuality

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Paynton Nov 10, 2015. 15 Replies

What do you think about this? …Continue

How do you think clearly?

Started this discussion. Last reply by matt.clerke Nov 3, 2015. 40 Replies

It seems to me that everyone here is good at thinking.  I believe that thinking clearly is an essential life skill.  Truth is an essential component of morality.  Morality relates to the reality of…Continue

What does it mean to have integrity?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Paynton Sep 21, 2015. 25 Replies

I'm putting together a little article about integrity.  Have a think about it.  What does integrity mean to you, and what does it mean not to have integrity? This is as far as I've got.  I think it's…Continue

Tags: morality, integrity

"The Four Tenets of Atheism"

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Cox Apr 17, 2015. 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

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Simon Paynton replied to Jeff Ulinski's discussion 'Are Christians who don't follow the Mosaic Law hypocrites?'
"You know how when your dad is teaching you to ride a bike, and when you're learning how to do it, he holds onto the back so you don't fall over, and then one day he lets go and you are suddenly riding the bike on your own - I see it like…"
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Simon Paynton replied to Unseen's discussion 'Retired Pornstar Aurora Snow Gives An Enlightening Talk At A Law School Forum'
"Aaaaaand I think you're not able to. "
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Simon Paynton replied to Unseen's discussion 'Retired Pornstar Aurora Snow Gives An Enlightening Talk At A Law School Forum'
"Jake makes a good point. "
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Simon Paynton replied to Unseen's discussion 'Retired Pornstar Aurora Snow Gives An Enlightening Talk At A Law School Forum'
"I would say she's got big heavy round balls ... only it's kind of obvious she hasn't ..."
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Simon Paynton replied to Unseen's discussion 'Retired Pornstar Aurora Snow Gives An Enlightening Talk At A Law School Forum'
""hackneyed and trite cliche...haha"  - what point are you making? "
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Simon Paynton replied to Stijn Bruers's discussion 'A quasi-objective morality without God: the anti-arbitrariness principle'
"Short term and sustainable would be any immediate pleasure that doesn't have long term harmful effects. "
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Simon Paynton replied to Stijn Bruers's discussion 'A quasi-objective morality without God: the anti-arbitrariness principle'
"Similarly, a life of crime. "
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Simon Paynton replied to Stijn Bruers's discussion 'A quasi-objective morality without God: the anti-arbitrariness principle'
"I agree, it's pointless to try and be too specific.  As for "long term and sustainable", there is the whole study of eudaimonic well being, which attempts to fill up that category with actual content. "
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Simon Paynton replied to Stijn Bruers's discussion 'A quasi-objective morality without God: the anti-arbitrariness principle'
""The useful distinction to be made, perhaps on two dimensions, is between short term and long term, selfish and ethical."  - another useful dimension, to join those two, is "sustainable versus unsustainable".  So…"
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Simon Paynton replied to Stijn Bruers's discussion 'A quasi-objective morality without God: the anti-arbitrariness principle'
"Yet again, the universal "pressure to flourish", a direct consequence of evolution and natural selection, turns out to be the fundamental key to the situation.  Genes have the property that they reproduce.  Organisms are…"
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Simon Paynton replied to Unseen's discussion 'Retired Pornstar Aurora Snow Gives An Enlightening Talk At A Law School Forum'
"I don't understand you now.  I was agreeing with you. "
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Salman Rushdie - paranoid Islam modern

"I agree that bully boys need to be overcome.  I beg to differ about Salman Rushdie: from hearing about the situation from a UK perspective, he really was surprised when it all went so badly wrong.  Hence the extensive derogatory…"
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Simon Paynton replied to Unseen's discussion 'Retired Pornstar Aurora Snow Gives An Enlightening Talk At A Law School Forum'
"I would have thought it is good to oppose stereotyping.  As the saying goes, "don't judge a book by its cover". "
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Simon Paynton replied to Stijn Bruers's discussion 'A quasi-objective morality without God: the anti-arbitrariness principle'
"Of course, more or less the same applies to "aversion".  "Desire" and "aversion" are very sensible evolutionary adaptations, but they are aimed squarely at "survival" when we also want…"
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Simon Paynton replied to Stijn Bruers's discussion 'A quasi-objective morality without God: the anti-arbitrariness principle'
"This situation we just had has turned out to be very instructive in my opinion.  This- "wanting less so you are less likely to be disappointed." - is true as far as it goes, but it's only one small aspect of the…"
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Simon Paynton replied to Stijn Bruers's discussion 'A quasi-objective morality without God: the anti-arbitrariness principle'
"They said that the story had been added later, but concluded that it was probably a genuine Jesus story that existed in oral form until it was added to the canon later on. "
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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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