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
Added by Pope Beanie on September 4, 2015 at 6:55pm —
I didn't join this site to take other people's words out of my mouth.
I attempted to emphasize the importance of love amid the current trend of legalized gay marriage. I'm not anonymous, so anyone can go to Facebook to verify my support of my gay friends' new marriage intentions.
Marriage is a much older religious institution than a governmental one, and marriage is younger than love. Tell me ThinkAtheist, does law matter more than love?
Added by Andy Hoke on May 25, 2014 at 1:00am —
Growing up, I was taught about the kind of love God the Father has for his children; it was called "agape love." I understood it as the kind of love that allows a parent to forgive their children for wrongdoing, and the sort of love that allows God to forgive humankind for sin. It was something to take comfort in. The message that we had "fallen short" was pounded into my head, and God's love had to be extremely powerful to… Continue
Added by CJoe on June 30, 2013 at 6:52pm —
I found this incredibly beautiful; a realistic love story, and a true appreciation of fleeting life:
By Ann Druyan, wife of Carl Sagan
When my husband died, because he was so famous and known for not being a believer, many people would come up to me - it still sometimes happens - and ask me if Carl changed at the end and converted to a belief in an afterlife. They also frequently ask me if I think I will see him again.
Carl faced his death with unflagging…
Added by CJoe on June 25, 2013 at 9:07pm —
The Love Poem Continue
Song of Solomon 1:1 to 8:11
1:1 This is the best song of all the songs. It was composed by Solomon. Let him kiss me right on the mouth with his mouth.
Your love is better than wine and you are well known for your savory skin lotions. That’s why the virgins all love…
Added by Brad Snowder on December 2, 2012 at 2:28am —
The staff of Think Atheist asked the community to support one of our own– me!– in the goal of raising money for the Light the Night walk I participated in tonight. The money raised for this walk went to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. I met survivors tonight as well as people who were walking for loved ones they had lost, and it was an incredibly humbling and touching experience.
I am so grateful to those of you who shared the link and/or donated to this great cause.…
Added by LyndsayJF on October 27, 2012 at 9:44pm —
My grandfather is one of the most beloved people in my life. He has his endearing quirks, such as his strange hobbies of collecting chess boards [never seen him play them, lol] and making up wild stories about "his adventures in the land of the Pigmys." He once rented half a bee-farm on a whim and his entire house is basically a library, there isn't a single room without books in it. Some of the most bizarre books and knick-knacks I had ever seen were in his house. I had found a copy of "The… Continue
Added by Skycomet the Fallen Angel on August 13, 2011 at 12:03pm —
I always was that guy who had a lot of dreams and obsessions ,but usually those were not productive obsessions since because I was a muslim nearly everything I wanted to do was considered a bad thing by my parents and society ,but now since I am an atheist I feel much more free and honest about my desires the issue is just is after a while these obsessions faded I now like a lot of stuff ,but there is really nothing I want to do other than chill around with people and have smart and fun… Continue
Added by Ahmed El-Sherif on June 12, 2011 at 10:24pm —
So I am currently reading The handbook to Higher consciousness by Ken Keyes Jr, and i have to say, Nothing I'v ever read or experienced has opened my mind more than this book. i'v never been more happy or enlightened(if I may use that word) in my life. It's showed me all the unnecessary things people strive for to be happy, when all along it was right here in front of them. Weather that be money, skills, possessions, or anything material in nature. It's showed me, and I'm not there yet, how to… Continue
Added by Noah Cameron on April 25, 2011 at 12:51am —
I just want to say partially in reaction to the comments to my last blog say, I love all of you guys! Even when you don't agree with me, none of you have been outright mean or an assholes to me. Thank you all so much for making me feel okay about having a different point of view and keeping me thinking. :)
Added by Zombie Atheist on April 12, 2011 at 7:30am —
I noticed today that Kyle Munkittrick posted about Sherry Turkle's concerns about people having emotional attachments to machines (The Turkle Test). Turkle, who's been at MIT for a long time, is not against machines or emotional machines. She's skeptical of taking advantage of the human tendency to be social and have emotional attachments to machines which merely pretend to be… Continue
Added by Samuel H. Kenyon on February 6, 2011 at 7:37pm —
I just finished an interesting conversation with my Grandmother. I had pondered going to visit my side of the family for the holidays. I was recently diagnosis with Tourettes Syndrome and OCD. Just extra craziness to add to my mentally insane resume. I finally got the “balls” to call her and tell her what’s going on. Now, I consider my grandmother to be the most liberal woman in our family besides my Dad‘s sister who is a champion farter and the most… Continue
Added by Shanna on October 6, 2010 at 9:55pm —
So this week has been rough. Monday I took Buddy into the vet clinic to see what was wrong with him, and on Wednesday morning he died...Nothing makes you rethink your whole life like losing a loved one. I wish there was a heaven to see your old friends and family and pets, but then why would I cherish life? Well after 12 years of being my best friend, Buddy passed away July 14th, 2010 in the morning from "Immune Mediated Anemia" which means his own immune system has been killing his red-blood… Continue
Added by Jake W. Andrews on July 15, 2010 at 10:01pm —
This is the email addy and phone # to the School District that canceled the prom. The VM Box is full this weekend, But I intend to call on Monday to respectfully shame them for their bad behavior.
Care to join me?
Teresa McNeece - Superintendent
Phone (662)862-2159 Ext 14
Added by Lili Morgan on March 14, 2010 at 3:07pm —
In a little faux argument with partner, he used the word "goddamn" today (first time ever in 7+ years. He's been an "on the fence" Xian). I fell in love with him all over again.
Added by Daley on October 31, 2009 at 4:21am —
This isn't my first blog...and it probably won't be my last.
I admit that I've had dalliances in other places. There was even a long term affair with myspace, but as my life progressed past what I wanted family members to browse, the entries there became less and less sincere.
There is an anonymity to the internet. A sense of honesty that can be scrutinized by a thousand people (and as long as none of them are blood related, it's perfectly free.) There isn't much of a chance of… Continue
Added by Misty: Baytheist Living! on January 23, 2009 at 10:19pm —