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What is the value of human life?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Homer Edward Price on Tuesday. 3 Replies

Some of you may have encountered the discussions among psychologists and philosophers about "trolleyology." They ask people: "What would you do if you saw five people tied up on a trolley track with…Continue

Did Trump Get Taken by Kim?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 14. 2 Replies

I think that Kim Jong Un, dictator of North Korea, is a brilliant con man who completely fooled Donald Trump.  Kim, like his father and grandfather of the same name, has no intention of "completely,…Continue

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Compelledunbeliever commented on Homer Edward Price's blog post Don’t Distrust Atheists; Distrust Deniers of Free Will!
"I do not "know" that free will exist. I do know that the Christian concept of free will does not exist as if God knows the future we can no change it by our will as God already knows what we will do. This also means that…"
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Homer Edward Price replied to Homer Edward Price's discussion What is the value of human life?
"I just explored the web site of an organization that actually does the economic calculation of how to save the most lives with a given amount of money. It is <www.givewell.org>;;. If you are trying to decide about a charitable donation, check…"
Tuesday
Tom Sarbeck replied to Homer Edward Price's discussion What is the value of human life?
"Homer, I too resented being put in the situation, and then realized that I was putting myself into it. Having more important stuff to do, I stopped playing the trolleyology game."
Monday
Homer Edward Price replied to Homer Edward Price's discussion What is the value of human life?
"I did not connect the dots until after I wrote this discussion question, but my feeling that it is always wrong to kill an innocent person, even for the benefit of others, was a large part of the reason I rejected Christianity when I was in my early…"
Monday
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What is the value of human life?

Some of you may have encountered the discussions among psychologists and philosophers about "trolleyology." They ask people: "What would you do if you saw five people tied up on a trolley track with a trolley speeding toward them and you could pull a switch to send the trolley onto a side track where one person was tied up."  It seems that most people say they would pull the switch and kill one person rather than five.  The next question is: "What would you do if you were standing on a bridge…See More
Sunday
Joan Denoo replied to Homer Edward Price's discussion Did Trump Get Taken by Kim?
"@Homer, It scared me when Trump gave Kim those concessions; now, other little Banty Roosters who have submitted to enforced de-weaponization will climb on the opportunity to flex their muscles. Rockets, bombs, bullets, and swords will strike…"
Jun 14
Loren Miller replied to Homer Edward Price's discussion Did Trump Get Taken by Kim?
"Trump has enough wool over his peepers to make a cardigan.  The very fact that he called off the joint war exercises which the US and South Korea have held for ages is indicator enough that he's either clueless or doing precisely what…"
Jun 14
Homer Edward Price posted a discussion

Did Trump Get Taken by Kim?

I think that Kim Jong Un, dictator of North Korea, is a brilliant con man who completely fooled Donald Trump.  Kim, like his father and grandfather of the same name, has no intention of "completely, verifiably, and permanently denuclearizing" North Korea.  His own survival depends on his nuclear deterrent and he knows it.  Without it, John Bolton and Mike Pompeo would be trying convince Trump of the need for an immediate preemptive attack against North Korea, and Trump would not be hard to…See More
Jun 14
Homer Edward Price commented on Homer Edward Price's blog post The Virtues of Guilt
"The research found that there are many Americans of all ages who feel guilt about specific offenses against other people but feel no shame about their inner selves.   I also agree with Loren, and what I have been trying to do in all of my blog…"
Jun 14
Frankie Dapper commented on Homer Edward Price's blog post The Virtues of Guilt
"agreed Loren...it happens in society at large also but much of the shame/guilt oozes from the churches and stains us all...except for the little nudists for whom i have a grudging admiration..."
Jun 14
Loren Miller commented on Homer Edward Price's blog post The Virtues of Guilt
"Whatever "virtues" guilt and shame may be alleged to have, the fact remains that both have, like so many other concepts, been co-opted by religion as a means of control.  This is particularly reflected in the "born in sin"…"
Jun 14
Frankie Dapper commented on Homer Edward Price's blog post The Virtues of Guilt
"You have moved the goal posts.  In so doing conceded shame and guilt are inextricably linked..."
Jun 14
Homer Edward Price commented on Homer Edward Price's blog post The Virtues of Guilt
"Let me add another quotation from "Moral Emotions and Moral Behavior": The advantages of guilt are lost when a person’s guilt experience (“Oh, look at what a horrible thing I have done”) is magnified and generalized to…"
Jun 14
Frankie Dapper commented on Homer Edward Price's blog post The Virtues of Guilt
"Interesting topic...one i aint given much thought but it strikes me that those who experience guilt do sustain psychological damage. And the greater the empathy of the guilt-ridden combined with sense of personal responsibility for some other's…"
Jun 13
Joan Denoo commented on Homer Edward Price's blog post The Virtues of Guilt
"Homer, thanks for the blog on guilt and shame. It is appropriate now as we observe the machinations of the political operatives, some taking action to correct wrongs and others using ego defense mechanisms to escape responsibility for past…"
Jun 13
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The Virtues of Guilt

NPR’s Morning Edition today featured a story about a belated Japanese apology for the mistreatment of American prisoners of war during World War II. But the apology was not from the Japanese government, nor was it from all of the many large Japanese corporations that had used American POWs as slave labor during the war.  Only the head of Mitsubishi Materials had the courage to expose his company to the “eternal shame” of admitting what his predecessors had done, and his representative could…See More
Jun 13

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I have occasionally participated in Atheist Nexus in the past using a different e-mail address. I am a member of both the American Humanist Association and The Center for Inquiry. I have a PhD in Sociology and use the theories of sociobiology championed by E.O. Wilson and others. I am a registered Democrat but I am also a Bernie Sanders fan.

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The Virtues of Guilt

Posted on June 13, 2018 at 4:56pm 7 Comments

NPR’s Morning Edition today featured a story about a belated Japanese apology for the mistreatment of American prisoners of war during World War II. But the apology was not from the Japanese government, nor was it from all of the many large Japanese corporations that had used American POWs as slave labor during the war.  Only the head of Mitsubishi Materials had the courage to expose his company to the “eternal shame” of admitting what his predecessors had done, and his representative…

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Don’t Distrust Atheists; Distrust Deniers of Free Will!

Posted on June 6, 2018 at 3:10pm 6 Comments

In my last blog post, I noted the high level of prejudice against atheists and its basis in the assumption that atheists are more likely to behave immorally because they do not fear God.  I did not believe that assumption to be correct, and I have discovered a little more evidence against it since them.

First, the small groups of hunter-gatherers that I wrote about seldom worshiped gods or other divine beings that they saw as concerned about morality. …

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Did Human Morality Come from God or from Evolution?

Posted on May 12, 2018 at 4:30pm 14 Comments

Public prejudice toward atheists is still high, not only in the United States but in most of the countries in the world. Around half of Americans would refuse to vote for an atheist for public office, according to recent polls. Polls also show that the rejection of atheists is mainly due to the public assumption that people who are irreligious are also immoral, since they have no fear of punishment by God. But is God really the source of human morality? Certainly the Judaeo-Christian-Muslim…

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The Theology and Science of Free Will

Posted on April 11, 2018 at 3:09pm 14 Comments

Christian theologians see free will as the ability of the soul to choose freely between good and evil actions, as defined by God’s law. They argue that the choice of an evil action is a sin against God and justifies Divine punishment in Hell. To add mercy to their terrible image of God, they assert that Christ’s blood provides salvation from Hell for the sinful soul.  

My purpose In this…

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At 7:49am on April 10, 2018, Randall Smith said…

Run again, Bernie!

Welcome, Homer.

At 9:08pm on April 9, 2018, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…

Welcome back!

 
 
 

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