When does a life begin?

    Interesting question, consider this: There is an unbroken chain of living beings from our earliest common ancestor to us. To reproduce, a living sperm and a living egg come from living parents and produce a living child. So, when does a life begin? When lif…

  • Lol, the flat earthers are a never ending supply of good lols… I’m curious about how a steam powered rocket works and whether it could even pack enough energy to reach a high enough altitude to really see the curvature properly. Even at ISS altitude, the earth looks relatively flat, although you can at least see the “edge”.

  • Ok guys, I’m happy to disagree on this point. Regardless, the definition of pedophilia is an attraction to prepubescent children, and thus cannot reasonably be applied above the age of 12 (usually lower).


    @Belle – Did you receive a comprehensive sex education? Either in school, or from your family? If not, then I wouldn’t expect you to “know…[Read more]

  • Yes, molesting is molesting.

    I have to disagree… if a 6 year old is molested, they don’t understand what’s going on. They are confused and damaged in their most formative years. A 16 year old, on the other hand, should understand what is happening and why it is wrong, and is also far more mentally developed than the 6 year old. As such, I’d go…[Read more]

  • Not to nit pick the articles, but calling Roy Moore a pedophile just isn’t right (unless he has a sexual interest in prepubescent children, see wikipedia: pedophilia, but that’s not what it sounds like in the articles). The correct terms would be hebephilia and ephebophilia. For some reason, it annoys me when people misuse the word pedophile like…[Read more]

  • Matt replied to the topic ETHICS WITHOUT ABSOLUTES in the forum Small Talk 3 weeks, 4 days ago

    So far, I’ve seen nothing suggesting that ethics are anything other than relative… which is in line with my position of ethical relativism.


    You talk about child sexual abuse being “wrong” across cultures, but ultimately, there is no absolute against which to judge… only other cultures. Child abuse isn’t “wrong”, in the same way that a…[Read more]

  • Matt replied to the topic ETHICS WITHOUT ABSOLUTES in the forum Small Talk 3 weeks, 5 days ago

    I was hoping for more of a philosophical introduction to ethics with/without absolutes. @Unseen, Why can’t we have ethics without absolutes? If we did have ethical absolutes, wouldn’t that mean that they are universal across all cultures (i.e. no child marriage)? Or if child marriage is acceptable by the ethical absolutes, why is it not allowed in…[Read more]

  • Matt replied to the topic Enabling in the forum Advice 3 weeks, 5 days ago

    What’s a roof and some food going to do to make her situation worse?

    I’m going to answer this in the abstract, rather than specifically about your sister… Several things: First, it’s going to mean that instead of buying food and shelter, the addict gets those for free and has more money left over to buy drugs. Second, easy access to a house f…[Read more]

  • consciousness, like hunger, or emotions, is a biological state

    Citation needed! I see no reason that the machine (animals are basically an organic chemistry machine) bringing about consciousness needs to biological in order to do so.


    Defining consciousness as the experience we have of ourselves each day between waking up and going to sleep is…[Read more]

  • Matt replied to the topic Strong in a female way in the forum Group logo of Women of Atheist ZoneWomen of Atheist Zone 1 month ago

    Hi Simon, Are you trying to say that feminine strength is expressed through empathy and cooperation?

  • Why would a conscious machine, which would have to understand that it’s a machine and has no human history, behave like a human?

    Because one of its (possibly its only) connections to the outside world, it communicating with humans. If it behaves like a machine and gives us uninterpretable machine signals, it’s going to get shut off pretty q…[Read more]

  • Makes sense to me… the passage is relating the experience of a woman finding a lost coin to the experience of God finding a lost soul. The tenuous part is the assumption that because of this, God must be a woman… as if men aren’t capable of celebration over a found coin or something.


    Overall, very poor “proof” of anything (as all other…[Read more]

  • Good topic, sorry I missed it when it was new…


    There are two types of thought experiment: explanatory (used to explain a concept) and exploratory (used to explore a concept).

    Schoedinger’s cat is explanatory… it explains the concept of superposition. Your example is exploratory: you build a model of the bridge in your mind, then test it…[Read more]

  • I just don’t think truth should only draw in one demographic

    I’m not sure what to call this logical fallacy, but I’m 100% sure the demographics of people who believe something has no bearing on the truth of that belief.


    To flip it around, the churches in Australia (and likely many other places) have drawn in the pedophile demographic. Does t…[Read more]

  • The truth shouldn’t make you miserable and want to shoot yourself

    Ok… The truth doesn’t care about your feelings… it just IS.


    WhT are you talking about?

    I asked you the following questions:

    “If the majority of atheists were illiterate teen asian girls, would it make a difference to you?”


    “What does it matter to you if a certain g…[Read more]

  • If it is “true” why is it all so inaccessible to those who need community the most?

    I didn’t think I’d have to explain this, but… The inaccessability of the atheist community says nothing about the existence of god. Conversely, the accessability of the christian community also says nothing about the existence of god, although one could argue it’…[Read more]

  • @Belle

    I don’t know how you derived that from my question

    I may of been making some assumptions about the OP. What I meant was: how does a persons age, race, or gender impact the truth of what they are saying?

    it’s (to me) a very big deal.

    I wonder why? Do you have some bias against the well educated? the middle aged? white people? men? If the maj…[Read more]

  • Matt replied to the topic Suppose It’s All True? in the forum Atheism 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    @Strega, It’s always bothered me that the bible talks about unicorns…. but are they like, horses with a horn, or are they just rhinos? Who knows !??!

  • Hi Belle, This probably would of been better posted in the main forums, rather than the PTSD group. In any case, are you hoping for us to actually give our answers for these questions?


    1. If there is no God why have we evolved to believe in one? Our brains are wired to believe in God.

    Belief in the supernatural was (“is” is debatable)…[Read more]

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