"I think the George Lakoff’s quote posted by George sums it up quite well “Real reason requires emotion”
Emotions are fundamental to be able to live as the social animals that we are. The tension between emotions and reason is…"
A forum for meaningful dialogue between people affiliated to or supportive of left wing politics....communism/socialism/anarchism/syndicalism etc. It's essentially meant to be an anti-capitalist/anti-imperialist forum.
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A place for atheists to discuss morality issues. What shapes your morality? What new perspectives have you found since abandoning faith (if you ever had any)? Is there any merit to religious moral authority?
"I found a reference in this article by Lakoff: A Good Week For Science — and Insight into Politics
"Real reason is inexplicably tied up with emotion; you cannot be rational without being emotional. False reason thinks that emotion is the…"
"You wrote "So my questions to you are these: What do you think is the relationship between reason and emotion? To what extent should we listen to each, and what do we do when they conflict?"
Reason is the process whereby we may use logic…"
"Let's take the case of a failed relationship. Feelings of love and care mingle with feelings of ... I don't know ... anger, guilt, shame, grief ... whatever ... and making a decision to end a relationship depends on how much pain one…"
"What one shouldn't do is try to resolve such conflicts without any help. The appropriate help may be chemical. Or it may be psychological. Or, more likely, a combination of the two. Your example suffers from the misfortune of being about an…"
"I see your point, and I'll definitely check out George Lakoff (thanks for the reference!), but I'm still not quite satisfied. Even without emotions, we'd surely be motivated to survive and reproduce, wouldn't we? I wouldn't…"
"I understand that there are several neurological and evolutionary connections between the two and explanations for their connectivity, but I'm more interested in how meta-cognitive beings deal with reason and emotion when they conflict. An easy…"
"This all makes a lot of sense. Paul also ran into trouble assuming the apocalypse was near, recommending the Ephesians not to bother marrying or concerning themselves with other worldly concerns like family only to find himself still walking and…"
"Interesting topic. Trying to put reason and emotion in opposition is a mistaken notion. It is my understanding that reason must be subservient to emotion.
Cognitive scientist George Lakoff regularly points out in his lectures that people who have…"
I was raised "outside of religion," meaning that my parents gave me the opportunity to evaluate different religions and believe in whatever made the most sense to me. As you can see, I ended up thinking all of them were pretty ridiculous, and now I'm proud to call myself an atheist.
Haha, I knew it. Yes, Belgians are big beer-fans, as you probably experienced first-hand during your stay.
You must be pretty well travelled though (judging from that picture and the picture of the Tower Bridge). I've never crossed the Atlantic myself but it is definitely on my to-do list.
Hi. Thanks for the friend invite!
I see you only just arrived on the Nexus. I hope you enjoy yourself here. I like to think of it as a little oasis of free thought.
Btw I had no idea they had those kinds of beer glasses in the US (I'm referring to the fourth photo on your slideshow). We Belgians call a glass like that a kwak-glass, as a reference to the nasty surprise you get if you drink too quickly ;)
thanks! i actually just sent you a message because i'm still computer illiterate at this. i think i know where you live, and i mean that in the most non-creepiest way possible. then again, i'm sure there's a lot of sleepy hollows in new york, possibly? the one i'm thinking of is on LI where I used to live and in H.S. my friends and I would go there all the time and hang out on this bridge there and pretend it was haunted, i guess. don't ask haha actually, forget this entire comment probably hahaha
Hello Ben, and welcome to this friendly meeting place where freethinking atheists recognise that gods are phoney and religion is a fraud used to control people;
and how tragic and inexcusable it is that women and minorities have been oppressed these last two thousand years and more.
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