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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 Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday School December 14th 2014' in the group Sunday School
""What makes you you?"  - the Wait but Why guy is a very interesting and intelligent thinker. "
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Simon Paynton replied to Unseen's discussion 'Analyzing Ferguson'
""A cop doing an unjustified shooting of a tourist or other visitor, especially from an ally, would be sure to make the news SOMEWHERE."  - I suspect you're right, Unseen.  "
Dec 9
Simon Paynton replied to Unseen's discussion 'Analyzing Ferguson'
"If we're in the car then it usually lives in the glove compartment, I don't know what the American term for that is.  "
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Simon Paynton replied to Unseen's discussion 'Analyzing Ferguson'
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"I don't have that information.  I'm just telling you what my friend told me.  "
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Simon Paynton replied to Unseen's discussion 'Analyzing Ferguson'
"This happened to a friend's dad's friend of mine, who was white (and English).  He was driving in the US and an officer asked to see his licence.  When he went to retrieve it from the glove compartment, he was shot and killed.…"
Dec 6
Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'The Doctor and the Farmer'
"@Greg - but since the disempowerment of women seems to be such a big feature of religion, to reject religion can mean to reject that along with it.  "
Dec 6
Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday School November 30th 2014' in the group Sunday School
"Thanks for an excellent Sunday School as always.  "
Dec 1
Simon Paynton replied to Physeter's discussion 'Came out today'
""What if I'm wrong? What if God really is there and wants me back?"  - I always look at it this way.  Not that I believe it, but if God exists then all He wants is for you to be a good person.  He's not going to…"
Dec 1
Simon Paynton replied to Douglas Fo's discussion 'Here less than two hours'
"Now the villain always seems to be English. "
Oct 30
Simon Paynton replied to D L's discussion 'Christianity is based on substitutionary atonement. Is it a moral religion?'
"I wouldn't say he committed suicide, but he allowed himself to be killed, and forgave those who did it. "
Oct 30
Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday Disassembly'
"That's how it is.  People don't care.  The official religion is Christianity because that's the religion of the establishment. "
Oct 28
Simon Paynton replied to D L's discussion 'Christianity is based on substitutionary atonement. Is it a moral religion?'
"When Jesus forgave from the Cross, that's what lingers for me.  If he can forgive that, then I can forgive the wrongs that people do to me.  This relatively abstruse substitutionary atonement argument seems to have been turned by…"
Oct 28
Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday Disassembly'
""something there we could worship if we chose."  - you know how when you cut your finger, it heals up on its own?  Think how that force pervades all of life.  That's what we can worship, and it's what lies at the…"
Oct 28
Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday Disassembly'
""if a variety of atheist approaches can encourage theists to drop their God fantasy."  - do we even need to do that?  Can't we all just exist together?  I understand that in the US it's a battleground, so more…"
Oct 28
Simon Paynton replied to Unseen's discussion 'Just for fun: Who are your dream dates?'
"Abbie out of NCIS.  I'd like to go raving with her. "
Oct 28

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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 10:43am on October 8, 2014, Erock68la said…

Thanks for the friend request.

At 5:01pm on March 27, 2014, Justin said…

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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!

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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…

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

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