Sunday School February 3rd 2019
February 3, 2019 at 12:00 pm #25303
Another 300 Catholic priests are accused of sexually abusing children, this time in Texas. I keep asking Catholics – “Why are you still a Catholic”?
This weeks’ Woo: Ignorant medical advice should not be digested.
Climate Change: Global Warming and the Polar Vortex.
Here is a new survey from Pew on the relationship between religion, health and happiness.
Imagine if all school children studied this University syllabus as they went through the education system.
I first wrote about Asia Bibi over 8 years ago.
Richard Dawkins, with one foot still in the stirrup.
An experiment showing Natural Selection in real time.
Sometimes doing the right thing can be cruel.
I once overheard two Jehovah Witnesses say that they brought new recruits to my house so they could debate “a real live atheist”. So I find this a funny story about some more liars for Jesus.
Sunday Long Read: The Waco Cult.
This week I am reading this book: The Goodness Paradox: The Strange Relationship between Virtue and Violence in Human Evolution.
We pause to remember: Michael Clark.
Some photographs taken last week.
While you are waiting for the kettle to boil…..February 3, 2019 at 12:01 pm #25304
There is another form of temptation, even more fraught with danger. This is the disease of curiosity. It is this which drives us to try to discover the secrets of nature, those secrets which are beyond our understanding, which can avail us nothing and which man should not wish to learn.
Saint Augustine of Hippo, loved by Christian Theologians for over 1600 years.February 3, 2019 at 2:35 pm #25305
RE: Here is a new survey from Pew on the relationship between religion, health and happiness.
So I see that a lot of the study is based on self reporting. Why anybody who understands the scientific method would use self reporting as actual data is beyond me. The Pew research center is bullshit. I am sure they would conclude that jesus walked on water.February 3, 2019 at 2:47 pm #25306
Thanks, Reg!February 3, 2019 at 3:34 pm #25308
I see that a lot of the study is based on self reporting…
It is difficult to deduce any meaningful objective data from subjective opinions other that to say that many people feel a certain way. It has a little but not much more going for it than “hearsay” which is what the book they swear by is based upon.February 3, 2019 at 4:45 pm #25309
Yeah, they drank the intoxicating cool aide; of course they are happy about their delusions. Atheists are resigned to the finite, we are glad we even exist for now; that is tempered by the real possibility that this is all there is.February 3, 2019 at 8:20 pm #25313
The Goodness Paradox: The Strange Relationship between Virtue and Violence in Human Evolution.
This book looks interesting: a hypothesis about the “self-domestication” of the human race. I hold to the “stone tools hypothesis” which suggests that male on male violence decreased markedly once stone tools had been invented, which meant that any male now had the potential to physically tackle any other male, and thereby evened out the playing field. That’s in “Primal kinship” by Bernard Chapais. This set the stage for possible cooperation.
Since then, the reason why we try to bring down dominant individuals, and disapprove of bullies is that we live in a cooperative environment.February 3, 2019 at 9:21 pm #25314
When you’ve read the book, can you say why he says that coalitions started to bring down dominant individuals? There has to be a reason why they started. From reading the review, it seems like that is a gap in his hypothesis.
The second part of Chapais’ self-domestication hypothesis is the evolution of polygamy and from there, via stone tools, monogamy. The point is, pair-bonding, which allowed men to know who their kids were, and by extension, entire families to know that they were related. So males were less likely to attack others whom they knew they were related to, because of kin selection (preferential treatment for genetic relatives).February 3, 2019 at 10:27 pm #25315
Thanks for your efforts, Reg! 🙂February 4, 2019 at 4:37 pm #25317
I’m not surprised they’re “misunderstood”, with a name like that. Satanism means to worship evil. Also, the only “Church of Satan” person I’ve ever come across was a total asshole.February 5, 2019 at 5:33 pm #25321
So I see that a lot of the study is based on self reporting. Why anybody who understands the scientific method would use self reporting as actual data is beyond me.
So, suppose confidential anonymous surveys of college girls appeared to show that the rate of rape was far higher than FBI crime stats, the girls are lying?February 5, 2019 at 8:13 pm #25326
Sometimes doing the right thing can be cruel.
I really like this article, and it reminds me of the previous one about “moral injury” (injury to one’s good moral identity). I think that Lisa Tessman is right – when we are forced into doing something awful, even when it is the least worst option, we generally feel terrible about it. Soldiers in war are often put in this position.February 5, 2019 at 8:15 pm #25327
confidential anonymous surveys of college girls
Who says that these are self-selected? Surely they survey (say) 10,000 college girls at random and ask each one if they have been raped. That’s a scientific survey.February 5, 2019 at 9:00 pm #25328
Simon…Speak of the Devil . A FFRF radio interview (last week) with Lucian Greaves, in show number 666…….
If you don’t want to listen to the whole show then start at about 25:30.February 5, 2019 at 9:58 pm #25329
Thanks Reg. I like their mission, but I still think they’re daft as a
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