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Question for Evolution and Natural Selection brainiacs

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gregg RThomas May 29, 2016. 86 Replies

How valid is this model?  The situation I'm trying to describe is the way in which the biological drives to thrive, survive and reproduce have become so incredibly strong and universal within the…Continue

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

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Simon Paynton commented on Andrew Brown's blog post 'The Spiral Theory'
""Everything is One."  - I don't know.  I don't feel that way, and it seems to be a mystical feeling that some people have, that everything is connected by some sort of consciousness.  Do you agree with this…"
7 hours ago
Simon Paynton replied to JadeBlackOlive's discussion 'What Do Canadians Think is Important?'
"I want to live in Canada  "
yesterday
Simon Paynton commented on Andrew Brown's blog post 'The Problem of Language'
"Sometimes we can be too abstract for people to understand (I find a lot fo Buddhism is like that) so it's good to concretise it, flesh it out with actual examples in everyday life. "
Feb 13
Simon Paynton commented on Andrew Brown's blog post 'The Spiral Theory'
"This doesn't look like any mathematics that I know.  Are you talking about parametric equations?  "We humans must constantly improve because it is the first prerogative."  - I agree with this, there is an evolutionary…"
Feb 13
Simon Paynton commented on Andrew Brown's blog post 'The Spiral Theory'
""Dualism. Then, Spiral." - I don't see that this follows in any way. "
Feb 12
Simon Paynton commented on Andrew Brown's blog post 'What is Strength?'
"I think strength is a mental attitude. "
Feb 11
Simon Paynton replied to CDB's discussion 'Limits on freedom of speech'
"Are you advocating trolling and abusing people? "
Feb 11
Simon Paynton commented on Andrew Brown's blog post 'The Spiral Theory'
"y = 1, Point y = x, Line y = ±x, Spiral What's this all about?  Surely y=1 is a horizontal line at height 1;   y=x is a diagonal line going through the origin;  y= ±x is a cross shape going through the…"
Feb 11
Simon Paynton replied to CDB's discussion 'Milo Yiannopoulos, topical, political, thought provoking and damn he pisses folks off....'
"I'm not too fond of The Guardian either - they can often be frighteningly snobbish and elitist - which is ironic - and I never read GQ.  It's just what came up on Google.  But they represent points of view.  You're free…"
Feb 7
Simon Paynton replied to ProgrammingGodJordan's discussion '★★ [4.3 SECOND conversion] ★★: CONVERT religious to atheist, in roughly 4.3 seconds'
"It's 100% true that Dr Bob believes in God.  Dr Bob does not 100% believe in God.  Am I correct? "
Feb 7
Simon Paynton replied to CDB's discussion 'Milo Yiannopoulos, topical, political, thought provoking and damn he pisses folks off....'
"Behold ...  and  etc. "
Feb 7
Simon Paynton replied to CDB's discussion 'Milo Yiannopoulos, topical, political, thought provoking and damn he pisses folks off....'
"Those people are every bit as bad (and weird) as Milo. "
Feb 6
Simon Paynton replied to CDB's discussion 'Milo Yiannopoulos, topical, political, thought provoking and damn he pisses folks off....'
"Freedom to speak = good.  Freedom to bully = not good. "
Feb 6
Simon Paynton replied to CDB's discussion 'Milo Yiannopoulos, topical, political, thought provoking and damn he pisses folks off....'
""sticks and stones"  - I think you're being disingenuous.  You must realise that the reason Milo trolls and harasses people is specifically to hurt them. "
Feb 5
Simon Paynton replied to CDB's discussion 'Milo Yiannopoulos, topical, political, thought provoking and damn he pisses folks off....'
"He stalks and harasses women on the internet.  That's not a very good thing and it should be stopped.  "just toughen up or tune out."  - people have a right not to be harassed in their own home.  You do know…"
Feb 5
Simon Paynton replied to CDB's discussion 'Milo Yiannopoulos, topical, political, thought provoking and damn he pisses folks off....'
""Folks need to quit pretending to be so fragile."  - that's what bullies say.  You wouldn't like to be treated that way.  "Just turn off your computer"?  Why should people (usually women) be forced…"
Feb 5

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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…

ok thanks for letting me know man

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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Thanks, these are the ones I have left.

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…

interesting, thank you

At 12:10pm on November 28, 2012, Anne Guevarra said…

Thank you! :)

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

I meant, HE studies your stuff

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