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  • #8798

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    Why do we need an antonym to validate a word or concept?

    Absence of evil might be identified with absence of humans…

    #8795

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    Strega, in some instances those adjectives are insufficient to express the degree of  malevolence.  If the word evil is  reserved for the nadir in human behavior then i support its use.

    Besides, what fun would it be to chant EVIL MONKEY unless those precise words are chanted?  Do we want to be limited by spiteful monkey? Or worse yet, unkind monkey!

    #8783

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    No Simon. Yes, in the same sense we can survive on an individual basis but not so as to the species without evolving.

    #8781

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    No Simon, i think y’aar in for a shock if you begin to read about animal behavior.  The sophisitication of cooperation is quite remarkable not only intra-species but among different species.

    Animals also have sense of right and wrong, culture, reputation and language, perhaps even a hint of nascent religion in case of  chimps.

    #8776

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    Simon,  and cooperation is not selected for by environments of nonhuman animals?

    Many animals cooperate.

    #8773

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    What makes ya think nonhuman animals don’t judge each other?

     

    #8762

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    No point in cleaning up when my place is just gonna get dirty again.

    #8745

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    That is the moment when he is no longer a child!

    #8741

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    i think so Pope.  The conditions were right economically and socially.  Depression, frustration with losing ww1 and a punitive treaty of Versailles.  Germans have despised Jews since christ was a cow puppy…not much history of democracy and more of authoritarian rule…so why couldn’t a substitute Hitler have stepped up?

    #8735

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    What does international law have to do with anything? Nations do what the fuck they please.  We have genocides and nobody does jack shit about it.  But ya know those may have been illegal!

    #8732

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    I like Goya’s ..the sleep of reason produces monsters…

    Religion demands of its adherents that reason is abandoned.  Once a person has abandoned reason they are amenable to almost any kind of depraved behavior including wanton violence.

    The authoritarian leadership of cults, religions and governments benefit from  indoctrination in which reason is abandoned. People who would never commit atrocities in their unindoctrinated mental state all of a sudden are capable of some sick shit.

    I maintain that atheists are less likely to do the unthinkable because they are dead set against abandoning reason. It is the stuff of our lives. Further, we see how contentious and critical of our political and religious institutions we are.  I also know that in experiments involving sensory deprivation that atheists are toughest to brainwash.

    Of course those atheists who don’t really have a world view but are simply atheists by default are not included as being resistant to tribalism and all of its horrific manifestations.

    #8730

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    The medical marijuana topical works best…

    #8722

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    Nice quote but it is not exactly accurate.

    It takes a replacement of one’s innate good sense with some form of indoctrination or other…

    In some cases psychosis can cause good to do evil…

    #8719

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    Violence is in our nature. So is compassion, empathy and reason.

    Will the former or the latter manifest?

    A group of numb-nuts informed by ideology and mob-thinking are more apt to be violent monkeys.  Those who question their government, their culture’s religions and norms are far less likely to engage in mindless group violence.

    #8717

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    Disagree with that take Strega.

    First off theists and cultists explicitly or implicitly reject and abdicate reason. It is not what guides their beliefs.  Instead they are lead.  They are subject to authoritarian leadership.

    And because it is an already degenerate ethos it can produce violence and sickening group-think.  Either a literal interpretation or a metastasis which is not subject to the same kind of reason we would expect from atheists can make a bad thing even worse.

    Plus how often do you hear atheists say…..we aint got nuthin in common except a lack of belief in god(s)…

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