Simon Paynton

  • Simon Paynton posted a new activity comment 1 month ago

    It doesn’t. According another article, “familial environment” has zero influence. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23281671
    • You’re right, it’s criminal that a medical practitioner tried to force a woman to either have an abortion, or a baby, against her will.

    • In this case, it’s the dishonesty and lack of integrity I can’t stand.  I can accept that other people have different views about contraception than me, but it’s up to the individual to make their choice in what they lawfully do.  Don’t want to use emergency contraception: don’t use it.  Just don’t dishonestly force others into the same po…[Read more]

    • Simon Paynton posted a new activity comment 1 month ago

      Click on the picture and you can see it properly.

      Source for the information in the diagram: Baskin-Sommers, Arielle; Elizabeth Krusemark; Elsa Ronningstam – “Empathy in Narcissistic Personality Disorder: From Clinical and Empirical Perspectives”; Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment; 2014, Vol. 5, No. 3, 323-333

      • Simon Paynton posted an update 1 month ago

        This is a very interesting piece of knowledge about three common personality / developmental disorders, and how they are related. I always thought that borderline was acquired, while psychopathy and narcissism are innate: but maybe I was wrong.

        • I can’t read it. What makes ya say? Source?
          • Click on the picture and you can see it properly.

            Source for the information in the diagram: Baskin-Sommers, Arielle; Elizabeth Krusemark; Elsa Ronningstam – “Empathy in Narcissistic Personality Disorder: From Clinical and Empirical Perspectives”; Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment; 2014, Vol. 5, No. 3, 323-333

            • Thanks Simon, but i don’t understand how the diagram relates to issue of nature/nurture.

            • It doesn’t. According another article, “familial environment” has zero influence. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23281671
              • The point about this diagram is that psychopathy, narcissism and BPD are related and lie on a spectrum.
                  • Gotcha. I guessed a long time ago that the mental illnesses are not separate and distinct.
                  • This diagram makes more sense, showing the comorbidity rather than shared traits.

                • Gender Justice sues rural pharmacies for refusing to dispense emergency contraception

                  I feel bad for the lady who was denied emergency contraception, and it’s shocking that the pharmacist lied about its availability.  Corruption is always shocking.  It seems to be true that when someone does wrong, they ground their justification in shared norms o…[Read more]

                • On working with Alex Jones of Infowars.

                  Sounds like a classic “dark traits”, “me first” personality.

                • We may have domesticated ourselves once we split from our extinct relatives.

                  We must have domesticated, i.e. removed the dominance hierarchy of traditional great apes, but I think it happened by 2 million years ago, along with the rise of stone tools, pair bonding and cooperative breeding.  This means that Neanderthals, and every human species,…[Read more]

                • Simon Paynton replied to the topic Sexual Fluidity in the forum Science 1 month ago

                  ideal cooperative behaviour

                  That should be, a behavioral norm is an ideal standard of behaviour.  So, a moral norm is an ideal standard of cooperation itself, such as reciprocity (fairness in exchanges), fairness (ideal distribution of benefit and harm), or helping in response to need.  These are basically, what ethics is d…[Read more]

                • Simon Paynton replied to the topic Sexual Fluidity in the forum Science 1 month, 1 week ago

                  I’m not so sure that the feelings of shoulds and shouldn’ts is necessarily a naturally occurring one – at least not when it comes to sexual pleasure.

                  These shoulds and shouldn’ts are called norms: ideal cooperative behaviour.  So, a moral norm is an ideal way to be cooperative, and a sexual norm is a way to be cooperative around…[Read more]

                • Simon Paynton replied to the topic Sexual Fluidity in the forum Science 1 month, 1 week ago

                  I don’t understand why evolution would select for sexual fluidity.  But I know that non-human animals are very sexually fluid.  I guess because the sexual instinct is so strong in itself, and it’s a part of the enjoyment of life.

                  Maybe evolution doesn’t select for sexual fluidity, but playful behaviour.

                • Simon Paynton replied to the topic Sexual Fluidity in the forum Science 1 month, 1 week ago

                  The book “Pleasurable Kingdom – animals and the nature of feeling good” by Jonathan Balcombe, about the emotional lives of animals, is very illuminating on this subject.

                  Animals are apparently very fluid in their sexual preferences and don’t care too much how they do it or who with.  They don’t have the social norms that humans do.

                • How to change the course of human history.

                  About the history of human equality and inequality.  I’m not sure what it’s saying, apart from that some of the assertions given about it might be faulty, which I agree with.  It’s likely that by 400,000 years ago, we were living in large tribes rather than bands, split up into small camps.  This is wh…[Read more]

                • Therefore you “do buy the argument”, do you not?

                  I was taking the point of view of the other side, which believes in God-given morality.  But I don’t agree with that side.  I just think that Pearce’s argument was incoherent.  If God makes some laws, then they would have to be “absolute” – but what does that mean exactly?  People are vague or ques…[Read more]

                • Simon Paynton replied to the topic Sexual Fluidity in the forum Science 1 month, 1 week ago

                  If you ask me, it’s normal to be bisexual.  People who are all straight are probably in the minority.

                  Some men are attracted to Thai lady-boys, as a kind of third gender-orientation.

                • The morals of gods are subjective and therefore so are the morals of any theist.

                  This seems like an interesting free-ranging discussion of morality in general, and I disagree with most of it.

                  I don’t buy the argument that if morals come from God, they’re subjective as they exist in His mind and are therefore not mind-independent.  But the mind…[Read more]

                • Simon Paynton replied to the topic Group logo of ConsciousnessBody Language in the forum Consciousness 1 month, 1 week ago

                  Dogs are cooperative breeders like humans are.  So, a human baby will look around at all the people in the vicinity, as if soliciting care, and is normally cared for by multiple people.  In contrast, an ape or monkey baby clings tight to its mother for the first six months or so of its life.

                • avid jihadists

                  It wouldn’t surprise me if the majority of terrorists, of every stripe, have personality disorders of the de Sade type.

                • Where is his proof?

                  I have to say, I agree with “Roderic” that Dawkins and Dennett sometimes sound pretty ignorant when it comes to making pronouncements about religion.  As an ex-Catholic, you’re more qualified to speak about it than many.

                • Just silliness.

                  I think he comes across as a bit of a dick – blaming atheism for increased political polarisation, for example, or calling us “deviants” – but I have to say I agree with a lot of his general points, mainly, that atheists often don’t have a good “insider’s” view of religion.

                  He also has an overly-pessimistic view…[Read more]

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