Philosophy: A Guide to Happiness - Epicurus on HappinessPhilosopher Alain de Botton gives a simple introduction to the philosophy of Epicurus.The purpose of life is to find pleasure, which is found…Continue
"I should add the important caveat that recognising Islam's true nature, and how we treat Muslims in light of this knowledge, are two different things. The policy implications are a matter of personal opinion. At a minimum, I think we need to…"
"To equate Islam with other religions is, wait for it, "barking mad".
Let's start with a very basic difference between Muhammad, Jesus and the Buddha. I'm not aware of the latter two engaging in any violence, but the former:
"TFA, Obama has already interfered, he bombed the hell out of Gaddafi, he's sending 20 F-16 jets to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. He is a first-class moron. He egged-on the Arab Spring with his fevered rhetoric: "Mubarak must go",…"
"Islam is not a religion of peace/freedom/tolerance, and Turkey is steadily drifting away from Ataturk's secularism back towards fundamentalism. Muslim countries, when toppled of their dictators, revert to the barbaric traditions of the warlord…"
"If moral psychology is any guide, you and your family are both likely to be biased and guilty of blind team cheerleading. Professor of psychology Jonathan Haidt says that morality tends to "bind and blind" i.e. it binds us into teams and…"
"Yep, I fixed the youtube link but not before you clicked on it. I like Alain too, he realises that atheism can be so much more than it currently is. Anyway, here's a similar talk and article by Katherine Ozment about wanting a non-religious…"
"BK, yes it's true that atheists are slow in building alternative communities to religion.
Alain de Botton says much the same in his Atheism 2.0 talk:
We're just beginning this process, so…"
"Patience is your best asset at your age, in my opinion. The urge to bust out of the demented lies of religion is overpowering sometimes. But if you are living in a conservative religious community, then your best bet is to bide your time. Just…"
"Watching the USA from afar, the reason Beck gets an audience for his dramatic musings is your mainstream media is failing to deal with your big issues. The USA is headed for default on its loans, it continues to spend beyond its means, and yet Obama…"
"History is the interplay between more variables than just reason and science. There are also matters of the heart, and the rise and fall of different groups/civilisations. If you want lasting progress you need (a) reason and science, (b) caring…"
"When I was a kid I thought I was part of a scene/game being watched over by some god-like creature who controlled the game for his enjoyment. I figured if I concentrated hard enough I could break through the game into the other side whereupon the…"
"Let us suppose, (just for the sake of discussion),that the Qur'an does indeed tell us that ants can "talk" to each other. I fail to see how that Destroys Atheism.
On the other hand, does this passages in the Qur'an refer…"
"ANYBODY can make an assertion, with or without basis. Backing up said assertion is, of course, another matter. Seems to me the qur'an says something about a flying horse, too. Anybody found one of those yet?"
"Yes, because ants communicating with each other about their own needs had much to say in the Qu'ran about King Solomon's mighty hosts.
This isn't even bad apologetics for Islam (particularly tacked on the end of an ABC science video.)…"
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