love and heretics

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Is the capacity for morality as innate as the capacity for language?

Is the capacity, (note the term and usage CAPACITY) as genetically hardwired as the capacity for language? For those interested this could be a fun and interesting discussion. (it fascinates me!) Here is the story of Genie, a feral child who was kept isolated in her childhood. Genie (born 1957) is the pseudonym for an …

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“Right winged, Left winged” (insert insult here)

  There have been a few studies done on how those who read fiction stories have more empathy.  It made me think about how bad discussions on the internet generally go.  How a difference of opinion so often quickly spirals into name calling and nasty ugliness. The existence of internet trolls, and how discussion boards …

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Life Currency

In an episode of Sherlock Holmes; John’s wife, Mary, jumps in front of a bullet to save Sherlock.  She gave her own life to save his.  Holmes is overwhelmed by the gesture, as any of us would be.  Later, he expresses himself this way: “In saving my life, she conferred a value on it. It …

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Slaying the monsters

  Slaying the monsters Ever see someone you love; turn into someone you don’t recognize? Exhibit monster like behavior that is upsetting? Our general response is to go on the defensive and attack back. And knowing them like we do, we know how to hurt them. We know exactly which buttons to push in our …

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The Hairies: A cautionary tale

There once was a land full of Hairies. A people who were born covered in hair, from their head to their toes. The Hairies ruled the land and were quite suspicious of those born a little different. The baldies. The baldies had no hair upon them anywhere. They were the minority, being only a few.  …

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The troubles…

I just finished watching Haven, A scifi series based off of Steven King’s The Colorado Kid. In it, a town is troubled with “troubles”.  The troubles are supernatural curses that affect the townspeople in a hereditary way. Meaning a specific trouble affects a particular family.The “trouble” usually shows up after a stressful or emotional  occurrence. …

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Ratiocination: an experiment

If you like discussion without personal attacks, this is the place for you. If you consider yourself personally attacked when an idea you hold to be true is questioned or even attacked, (the idea mind you) then this is NOT the place for you. Would love to see more discussion from those willing to participate! …

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Life is pain

Seems a bit pessimistic perhaps? But most life I have seen, encountered, or read about at the very least includes pain. Ran into a quote this morning. It said, “Life is very sweet, brother; who would want to die?” ~George Borrow Both quotes seem extreme. Life seems to be a collaboration of the good , …

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Prove to me there is no god…

A recent request at a forum. Can anyone prove to me there is no creator god? I would begin with the objections to the existence of god acknowledged by Thomas Aquinas :the problem of evil, and the apparent ability of natural science to explain everything in our experience without God. Both would fall under absence …

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The value of opposition

  “One hallmark of intellectual honesty is the solicitation of opposing points of view.”  ~Tom Clancy “Unless we are gagged and blindfolded by preconceived ideas, all worthwhile encounters change us in some important way.”~Athol Dickson “If you resist reading what you disagree with, how will you ever acquire deeper insights into what you believe? The …

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Atheist dogma?

  Some of the most common accusations against atheists seem to be about assumed dogma. The truth is, I haven’t yet found a list of beliefs an atheist adheres to.  The only requirement is unbelief. Specifically unbelief in a god or gods. Beyond that one linking requirement you will find atheists all over the spectrum …

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Forgiven after death…..

Ran into this quote today : I wish to use my last hours of ease and strength in telling the strange story of my experience. I have never fully unbosomed myself to any human being; I have never been encouraged to trust much in the sympathy of my fellow-men. But we have all a chance …

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Atheist ponderings on the soul

What is a soul? psyche (n.) 1640s, “animating spirit,” from Latin psyche, from Greek psykhe “the soul, mind, spirit; breath; life, one’s life, the invisible animating principle or entity which occupies and directs the physical body; understanding” (personified as Psykhe, the beloved of Eros), akin to psykhein “to blow, cool,” from PIE root *bhes- “to …

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answers from an atheist

“What, if anything, is sacred to you?” When music says what words cannot promises kept a bird that flies after a mended wing, gravity a scar that no longer causes pain hope waterfalls and rainbows friendship silence when words won’t help courage An apple hanging from a tree humor the light from a single candle …

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Of octopus and morality

Just a few more pondering thoughts on morality…. If a human lived on an island with no other living being, there would be no need for the existence of morality. It exists because there was a need for it. Where does morality come from? Our thoughts of right and wrong? I tend to wonder what …

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This blood is for you….

Originally posted on love and heretics:
This blood is for you…. Most of my life, I embraced the story…the “gospel” of Jesus.  I upheld my hands, as tears streamed down my face as I thought of what he had done ….for me.  All my sin, my failures, my stain upon this world…my inadequacies, my darkness……

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The Doughnut

The doughnut There is a doughnut that all can see. Chocolate icing we all agree deep fried , round, shaped like a ring but the hole, now that’s another thing. Unseeable to the naked eye, give your inner eye a try all one must do is believe the hole is there don’t be naive Invisible, …

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The Jews are coming – The Ten Commandments

“Do you know, the only people I can have a conversation with are the Jews? At least when they quote scripture at you they are not merely repeating something some priest has babbled in their ear. They have the great merit of disagreeing with nearly everything I say. In fact, they disagree with almost everything …

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