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by Compassionist
Yesterday, 9:24 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Unconscious determinants of free decisions in the human brain
Replies: 0
Views: 232

Unconscious determinants of free decisions in the human brain

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18408715 Abstract There has been a long controversy as to whether subjectively 'free' decisions are determined by brain activity ahead of time. We found that the outcome of a decision can be encoded in brain activity of prefrontal and parietal cortex up to 10 s be...
by Compassionist
August 20th, 2019, 7:00 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: The Ethics of Life
Replies: 2
Views: 535

Re: The Ethics of Life

robincooper wrote:You can learn Kant ethics. I think there is a fuller answer on your question.

Thank you. I think if everyone became a pacifist vegan, everyone would be better off as veganism is better for people, animals and the planet.
by Compassionist
August 7th, 2019, 8:27 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Unjust Islamic Laws should be repealed
Replies: 2
Views: 520

Re: Unjust Islamic Laws should be repealed

Dear Compassionist, Some more on Shariah Law: Four male witnesses willing to testify are nescessary to prove the innocense of a girl who was raped. Otherwise the girl will be stoned to death for adultery. that's why rapes are never reported in a Muslim nation! It's legal to rape any woman not weari...
by Compassionist
August 5th, 2019, 12:43 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Reality doesn't care, so, we must
Replies: 2
Views: 389

Reality doesn't care, so, we must

Reality doesn't care about who lives and who dies. It doesn't care about who suffers and who doesn't. That's why 99.99% of all species to ever evolve on Earth are already extinct. That's why there are natural disasters and diseases which cause so much death, destruction and suffering. Unless we wise...
by Compassionist
August 1st, 2019, 4:40 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Unjust Islamic Laws should be repealed
Replies: 2
Views: 520

Unjust Islamic Laws should be repealed

We should have a worldwide campaign to repeal all of the ten unjust Islamic laws below: 1. Death penalty for apostasy. 2. Death penalty for blasphemy. 3. Death penalty for homosexuality. 4. Death penalty for adultery. 5. Son gets twice as much inheritance as a daughter. 6. Two female witnesses are r...
by Compassionist
August 1st, 2019, 4:39 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: If you could prevent your existence, would you?
Replies: 2
Views: 274

Re: If you could prevent your existence, would you?

Life is what it is. We just have to make the most of it and make it the best we can for ourselves and for others. I'm not sure how helpful it is to dwell too long on paradoxes like this! It's not helpful. My mood is low. I am struggling with chronic pain, insomnia, nightmares, flashbacks. I am tryi...
by Compassionist
July 31st, 2019, 11:33 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: If you could prevent your existence, would you?
Replies: 2
Views: 274

If you could prevent your existence, would you?

If you could prevent your existence, would you? Why? Why not? Life consists of both suffering and enjoyment. Some suffer more, some enjoy more. I have suffered much more than I have enjoyed. I continue to suffer daily. I think others would be better off if I were never conceived. I think I would be ...
by Compassionist
July 27th, 2019, 3:47 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Is it moral for our governments to impose poverty on us?
Replies: 9
Views: 519

Re: Is it moral for our governments to impose poverty on us?

Gnostic Bishop wrote:Thanks for this.

Regards
DL

You are most welcome.
by Compassionist
July 27th, 2019, 10:03 am
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Is it moral for our governments to impose poverty on us?
Replies: 9
Views: 519

Re: Is it moral for our governments to impose poverty on us?

That is quite the wish list. Good luck with it. You seem to blame the rich for much of our ecological woes, and while they own their share, it is the vast majority and our eating habits that are killing the environment tihat sustains us and all other life. If you can, watch the documentary made for...
by Compassionist
July 26th, 2019, 10:24 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Is it moral for our governments to impose poverty on us?
Replies: 9
Views: 519

Re: Is it moral for our governments to impose poverty on us?

That is quite the wish list. Good luck with it. You seem to blame the rich for much of our ecological woes, and while they own their share, it is the vast majority and our eating habits that are killing the environment tihat sustains us and all other life. If you can, watch the documentary made for...
by Compassionist
July 26th, 2019, 5:02 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Is it moral for our governments to impose poverty on us?
Replies: 9
Views: 519

Re: Is it moral for our governments to impose poverty on us?

I do not believe in equal outcome while I champion equal opportunity. We are a hierarchical species and if we did not seek to be fittest, we would likely go extinct. At this point in our collective history, if we had equal outcomes as you want, then the standards of excellence that only the rich ca...
by Compassionist
July 25th, 2019, 9:12 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Is it moral for our governments to impose poverty on us?
Replies: 9
Views: 519

Re: Is it moral for our governments to impose poverty on us?

Is it moral for our governments to impose poverty on us? Taxation determines what poverty levels will exist within it’s demographic form. It controls the graph shown below. Governments control taxation and thus control poverty levels directly. Imagine if you will, the real truth of that taxation, i...
by Compassionist
July 25th, 2019, 8:39 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: How and why can people ignore their God’s immoral ways?
Replies: 55
Views: 3854

Re: How and why can people ignore their God’s immoral ways?

Yes, I have a sense of self. Yes, I make choices but my choices are not free from constraints. My choices are inevitable choices which are determined by variables. I am not free. I am a prisoner of causality. I am not trying to convince you of anything. I am merely sharing my thoughts about the nat...
by Compassionist
July 25th, 2019, 3:03 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: How and why can people ignore their God’s immoral ways?
Replies: 55
Views: 3854

Re: How and why can people ignore their God’s immoral ways?

Yes, I have a sense of self. Yes, I make choices but my choices are not free from constraints. My choices are inevitable choices which are determined by variables. I am not free. I am a prisoner of causality. I am not trying to convince you of anything. I am merely sharing my thoughts about the natu...
by Compassionist
July 24th, 2019, 10:59 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: How and why can people ignore their God’s immoral ways?
Replies: 55
Views: 3854

Re: How and why can people ignore their God’s immoral ways?

I found the book to be very revealing about our sense of self. I used to think that I am an immortal soul - a permanent entity with a free will and that other humans and other sentient organisms are also the same. In reality, we are all impermanent processes lacking free will. We are faulty mechanis...
by Compassionist
July 24th, 2019, 8:38 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: How and why can people ignore their God’s immoral ways?
Replies: 55
Views: 3854

Re: How and why can people ignore their God’s immoral ways?

Our sense of self is an illusion. There is no permanent entity, only an impermanent ever changing construct which behaves entirely according to deterministic causality. Please watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4Oyi1T-HmU Please read The Self Illusion: Why There is No 'You' Inside Your Head . T...
by Compassionist
July 24th, 2019, 5:10 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: The Ethics of Life
Replies: 2
Views: 535

The Ethics of Life

“Ethics, too, are nothing but reverence for life. This is what gives me the fundamental principle of morality, namely, that good consists in maintaining, promoting, and enhancing life, and that destroying, injuring, and limiting life are evil.” – Albert Schweitzer, “Civilization and Ethics”, 1949. I...

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