Shaun Johnston
  • Male
  • Tillson, NY
  • United States
Share on Facebook
Share Twitter

Shaun Johnston's Friends

  • Anthony Jordan
  • Dr. Terence Meaden

Shaun Johnston's Groups

Shaun Johnston's Discussions

A right-brain basis for atheism?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael E Davis May 11, 2013. 15 Replies

It's considered correct for atheists to insist we have values. But the values I see us testifying to come mostly from past movements and ages. Atheism doesn't seem to  generate any new values…Continue

Tags: evolution, human, left, brain, right

Gifts Received

Gift

Shaun Johnston has not received any gifts yet

Give a Gift

 

Shaun Johnston's Page

Latest Activity

Shaun Johnston replied to Sven Andersson's discussion Strange Science in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"I say, "yes, I can see you'd have to believe that if you believed in the literal truth of the bible. I suppose I would too, in your situation." Enough said."
Apr 3
Joseph P replied to Shaun Johnston's discussion Does the Modern Synthesis entail supernatural agents? in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"I'm not a biologist either, but I'm heavily read on the subject.  My biggest complaint on the subject is Shaun's repeated inability to present any literature on the subject that supports his insane accusations.  He grossly…"
Mar 17
Pat replied to Shaun Johnston's discussion Does the Modern Synthesis entail supernatural agents? in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"Joseph, I've been following this thread for a while. Considering I'm not a biologist, nor have training in any other branch of life science, I don't feel qualified to to tender an opinion on the specifics of what you have been…"
Mar 17
Shaun Johnston replied to Shaun Johnston's discussion Does the Modern Synthesis entail supernatural agents? in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"Joan, I regret the way I expressed my point. My point is simple math: if in each generation there are 1002 harmful mutations and 2 beneficial mutations, and all carry a value of fitness of plus or minus one, then the sum of harm and benefit…"
Mar 17
Joseph P replied to Shaun Johnston's discussion Does the Modern Synthesis entail supernatural agents? in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"This is what I've been objecting to since the beginning, yes.  He uses inaccurate, loaded verbiage, then refuses to justify it except with a blatant argument from ignorance.  He does this sort of crap in every post he's made on…"
Mar 17
Joan Denoo replied to Shaun Johnston's discussion Does the Modern Synthesis entail supernatural agents? in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"You wrote:  I don't understand your words. "genes must supernaturally disappear". What is supernatural about the gene becoming inoperable or beneficial? Processes of chemistry, physics, and who knows what else is involved that do…"
Mar 17
Joan Denoo liked Shaun Johnston's discussion Does the Modern Synthesis entail supernatural agents?
Mar 17
Jay Stride replied to Shaun Johnston's discussion Does the Modern Synthesis entail supernatural agents? in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"To be honest, "left brained" thinking is not my forte. I see a big picture of interconnected things & events which I have to deconstruct into a sequential order for others to understand. My picture makes sense to me but it is woven…"
Mar 16
Shaun Johnston replied to Shaun Johnston's discussion Does the Modern Synthesis entail supernatural agents? in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"Jay, I appreciate your very thoughtful response. You've read through my arguments, you say, I assume you mean more than just those in this thread. I agree with your points. Business does to a large extent operate on Darwinian principles. My…"
Mar 16
Jay Stride replied to Shaun Johnston's discussion Does the Modern Synthesis entail supernatural agents? in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"I've read through your arguments and they all pre-suppose that a supernatural agent is guiding evolution to produce a particular result. Doesn't fly. Evolution is the process by which self organizing systems adapt to their changing…"
Mar 16
Joseph P replied to Shaun Johnston's discussion Does the Modern Synthesis entail supernatural agents? in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"Really?  You've got absolutely nothing to point me to, which demonstrates your assertion?  Are you just making this shit up, because natural selection makes you feel icky?"
Mar 6
Shaun Johnston replied to Shaun Johnston's discussion Does the Modern Synthesis entail supernatural agents? in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"I accept being unable to satisfy you. I am leaving our discussion."
Mar 6
Joseph P replied to Shaun Johnston's discussion Does the Modern Synthesis entail supernatural agents? in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"You ended your logic with a massive argument from ignorance.  You even followed the classic form of the logical fallacy in your statement.  That is not a logical argument.  Your accusation of supernatural inclusion is bankrupt."
Mar 5
Shaun Johnston replied to Shaun Johnston's discussion Does the Modern Synthesis entail supernatural agents? in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"Joseph, I gave you the logic, I quoted Huxley for an expert's estimate of the efficiency of natural selection, I can't do more. I've supported my claims all the way I can, at your request. If you can't check my logic,…"
Mar 5
Joseph P replied to Shaun Johnston's discussion Does the Modern Synthesis entail supernatural agents? in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"I'm not going to do a wild search for population statistics to attempt to back up your outrageous claims, which you seem to have pulled straight out of your ass.  That's not the way this works.  You're the one making the…"
Mar 5
Shaun Johnston replied to Shaun Johnston's discussion Does the Modern Synthesis entail supernatural agents? in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"Look up the maths behind population statistics. The whole point of that is, no matter how tiny the effect of natural selection, over millions of generation it will act as an inexorable force to make one instance of a beneficial mutation the dominant…"
Mar 5

Shaun Johnston's Blog

Project discourse: basic ideas

Posted on April 13, 2013 at 12:30pm 7 Comments

For an introduction to this project please see this post.

-------------------------------------------------------------- 

Here's a string of ideas I aim to draw on to create discourse for thinking about ourselves as having evolved:

  1. There's nothing in the universe except:

       -  matter acted on by physics

       -  whatever's involved…
Continue

Project: Discourse for saying what it means we evolved

Posted on April 12, 2013 at 7:00pm 0 Comments

I plan to use this personal blog space to solicit feedback on a personal project. I want to develop a way of talking about evolution that's different from darwinism. Having a second way of talking about being evolved would be like, in the 19th century, having both waves and particles as ways of thinking about light. You needed both then. In a similar way I think today we need more than one way of thinking about evolution.

I ask for your indulgence. First, I ask you not to defend…

Continue

I'm an atheist, but anti-darwinist

Posted on April 10, 2013 at 10:30am 34 Comments

This blog has been more public than I expected. so I have toned down the heading to this post. Also I have deleted two posts I didn't want further responses to.

----------------------------------------------------------- 

Every so often I venture out into the public sphere to see how anti-darwinism is responded to. The last time, at the science cafe, my posts were moved from "science" to "paranormal" or some such section then I was subjected to withering personal abuse. This…

Continue

Comment Wall (3 comments)

You need to be a member of Atheist Nexus to add comments!

Join Atheist Nexus

At 6:44am on April 9, 2013, Dr. Terence Meaden said…

Hi Shaun  
Welcome to this internet world of rationality and peace, of common sense and freethinking wisdom.  
As an atheist and "antidarwinist" you are welcome also to join the group "ORIGINS: Universe, Astronomy, Life, Earth, Humans, Religion, Gods, Atheism, Evolution, Darwin..." with 750 discussion topics and 3800 members.
http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/originsuniverselifehumankindanddarwin
Terry

At 9:57pm on April 8, 2013, athen said…

At 9:34pm on April 8, 2013, Steph S. said…

Greetings! Welcome to the site!

 
 
 

Support Atheist Nexus

Donate Today

Donate

 

Help Nexus When You Buy From Amazon

Amazon

MJ

© 2014   Atheist Nexus. All rights reserved. Admin: Richard Haynes.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service