_Robert_ replied to the topic What is [interpersonal] moral legitimacy, and do we need it? in the forum Science 12 hours, 17 minutes ago
– what I mean is, we can compare any two crimes and usually, one will be worse than another.
Of course you can. That’s the basis of any legal system. The result will be a subjective, non universal conclusion. Sorry, but there is no ultimate law maker or judge. Objective methods don’t work. We are great apes trying to get along enough to survive. W…[Read more]
_Robert_ replied to the topic What is [interpersonal] moral legitimacy, and do we need it? in the forum Science 19 hours, 56 minutes ago
Thanks Davis. I have committed just about everything on your list at least one time except for waterboarding of course. The last one was my favorite. I needed stuff for the confessional you know.
Can an enlightened person turn to evil
The term “Evil” is not well defined and has religious connotations. For Christians, Satan in the embodiment of evil. It is childish.
There IS however entropy, parasites and competition which all living things must deal with. Entropy always wins in the end….Aging, natural disasters, the need for air, food…[Read more]
In the last 10 days:
Muslim suicide bombers killed 48 people in Afghanistan
Christian parents in Michigan starved their kid to death for religious reasons
300 Catholic priests accused of raping 1000 kids in Pennsylvania
To top it of I give you this lovely Christian missionary pic.twitter.com/0h6pKgB9Kr
— The Caring Atheist (@Caring_Atheist) August 17, 2018
_Robert_ replied to the topic My new book: Deciphering the Gospels Proves Jesus Never Existed in the forum Theism 3 days, 6 hours ago
Earle is obviously a strong minded individual, having debunked evolution right here in front of us and mentally staved off all of his homosexual tendencies. I was only reconsidering my lack of belief in the lord when he hit us with such important ethics lessons and knowledge of bronze/iron age history. Lord, thank you so much for sending this wise…[Read more]
_Robert_ replied to the topic What is [interpersonal] moral legitimacy, and do we need it? in the forum Science 5 days, 8 hours ago
– I think that the greater good can be universalised, not as the greatest good for the greatest number, but the greatest good for each individual. This is achieved through universal human rights (or could be) where the individual is given the maximum benefit and minimum harm available to them.
You have a neighbor who has a dog. He wants to let h…[Read more]
_Robert_ replied to the topic What is [interpersonal] moral legitimacy, and do we need it? in the forum Science 5 days, 21 hours ago
Act only according to that maxim whereby you can, at the same time, will that it should become a universal law.
Lets try that out. Thou shall not steal. Seems reasonable, seems universal, even was commanded by a well worshipped god.
Now start listing the infinite number of exceptions…
Thou shall not steal, unless…[Read more]
_Robert_ replied to the topic What is [interpersonal] moral legitimacy, and do we need it? in the forum Science 6 days, 9 hours ago
Jesus gave the same formula (love God, love your neighbour as yourself)
Meaningless. The formula Jesus gave us was that human sacrifice is required and that your “sins” are not your responsibility as long as you believe. It’s repugnant. Come on Simon, dig a little deeper.
_Robert_ replied to the topic What is [interpersonal] moral legitimacy, and do we need it? in the forum Science 6 days, 10 hours ago
Do you think its possible using purely rational methods to arrive at universal moral principles?
Since overwhelming evidence shows that we have evolved from very less complicated lifeforms that are not held to moral standards why would anyone assume existence of universal moral principals (or the eternal justice that half-witted theists used to…[Read more]
_Robert_ replied to the topic Why must disney hire a gay actor for the first major gay role? in the forum Humanism 1 week ago
It is a step in the right direction and in the big picture, eventually a gay actor will play a major gay role as well.
Your push/pull summary is a fantastic description of a very familiar dilemma to me as a privileged, white, straight male: the “I’m dammed if I do and dammed if I don’t” scenario. So I will not bring up topics or have discussions…[Read more]
That’s a very nice piece. I love the slower steady rhythmic banjo chord style. I won’t be playing much bluegrass for a while, however I want to integrate that style as point of interest into the pop/rock bands where I currently play keyboards. I also play bass guitar in another band and even had a gig recently where both bands played and I got…[Read more]
RE:On raising children with or without religion.
“The good news for parents struggling to decide how to deal with religion and their kids is that there’s no bad choice—or at least, no definite, foolproof good one. Gervais concludes, “a lot of religious folks assume that religion would be good for kids and atheism would be bad for kids. A lot o…
When visiting Venezia they were holding an ancient musical instrument exhibit in an old cathedral. The forerunners of the violin, harpsichord, piano, guitars and many more. For me it was a highlight. And absolutely; musical instruments are constantly evolving !!! The banjo came to the America’s in the heart’s of African slaves who did their best…[Read more]
_Robert_ replied to the topic A little something regarding the decline of Darwinism and Neo-Darwinists in the forum Small Talk 1 week, 3 days ago
Ham’s childlike understanding of the past (if he really believes his own BS (why is he here in the American South?)) will appeal to children and retard their mental development for sure. The smart ones will eventually reject this idiocy as they look at the fossil record and begin to understand the science of biology/genetics and become very, very…[Read more]
I feed the fish in my quarter-acre pond. There are largemouth bass, bluegill sunfish, catfish, tilapia and a turtle. They have distinct “personalities” by species and even within species. They know I am very different than the 5-foot tall great blue heron who visits often. They swarm the shoreline when I arrive with my container of food. The bass…[Read more]
One day a whale gave birth to a kangaroo. Scientists are puzzled how the kangaroo was able to swim to shore with that pouch filling up with water and all. Now we know that kangaroos swim backwards. Whew, that was close call for the theory of evolution but we are still good.
We are working on a museum called The Answers In Darwin Museum (TAIDM). We…[Read more]
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