I think it's more fruitful to consider consciousness and empathy (among other things) as scalar and variable, not as a binary all or nothing. So we can include observations and study of variations of consciousness and Empathy of animals, one's lifespan (e.g. from womb to tomb), or even daily variations (e.g. mind-altered by sickness or drugs, sleep vs wake vs trance, and so on).
Consciousness "with" empathy has ambiguity; is consciousness merely affected by empathy, or perhaps not…Continue
I'm an atheist that feels there's too much invalidation of other people's emotions in the name of atheism. Or maybe a better way to say this is that science discourages emotion from affecting rational thought, and therefore many science minded people discount emotion as empirically measurable, and therefor is irrelevant in discourse about scientific realities.
But human emotions are animal emotions, engaging us with our most fundamental survival needs. Many people even discount that…Continue
The following is speculative and reliant on memory, not yet citing scientific references. I feel it includes significant insight, but wouldn't mind if anyone posts evidence to the contrary.
Sex's advantage/purpose in life's evolutionary processes is not yet as simply definable as, say "it enhances genetic diversity". But obviously there are several, complexly related advantages of sex in evolution that outweigh its disadvantages, on the whole. (Recall, bacteria are still evolving,…Continue
John Zande wrote a fantastic post about why atheists care about religion. In it, he addressed the idea that a comfortable lie should take precedence over potentially uncomfortable truths. I've written…Continue
Added by M.M.J. Gregory on December 6, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments
A story recently out talks about a mother whom was breastfeeding her child that was asked not to. Apparently she "caused an uproar" by this normal act. I want to point out that while the article headline claims that this was due to Muslims, nothing in the text shows that to be true.
Britain has been in ass-kiss mode with Muslims for years,…Continue
Firstly, Happy New Year to you all, and thanks for joining me again in 2011, for what I hope will be another successful year of blogging. As always, your feedback is appreciated. I'm going to start the year with what may seem to be quite a secular topic (i.e. non religious) within popular culture, but is actually much more.
Over the latter half of last year, I became somewhat…
Added by Martin Pribble on January 8, 2011 at 6:26pm — No Comments
Anthropa is a concept to bring a positive and active Humanism to the fore, somewhere between UUism and Humanism, where we can celebrate our several cultures that bind and enrich us with Humanism supplanting superstition; and with hope, to provide and enlightenment charity and outreach to the community at large. If you've been to far too many group meetings where the focus is on bashing the superstitious rather than celebrating life, love and nature,… Continue
Added by Darwin Penda on December 3, 2009 at 5:37pm — No Comments