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Variations of Human Interaction: ethical, unethical, good, bad, or evil?

To me, ethical or good and bad, unethical or evil are variations of human interaction not in any way in reality attached to some other worldly opinions. Good, Bad or Evil to me have nothing to do with superstition nonsense like sin or violations of some arbitrary religious obligations. In the age of reason we are not limited to myths or religion moral theorizing. To better grasp a naturalistic morality one should see the perspective of how there is a self-regulatory effect on the self-evaluative moral emotions, such as shame and guilt. Broadly conceived, self-regulation distinguishes between two types of motivation: approach/activation and avoidance/inhibition. one should conceptually understand the socialization dimensions (parental restrictiveness versus nurturance), associated emotions (anxiety versus empathy), and forms of morality (proscriptive versus prescriptive) that serve as precursors to each self-evaluative moral emotion. As atheists or even the scientific evidence minded we can realizing the bad unethical or harm behavior which causes moral outrage (what I deem as evil) no longer should be confused as tied to mystic religious questions with their superstition answers or even left as questions only for philosophy. . But more rightly the questions of good, ethical or bad, unethical and evil behaviors must also involve formal axiology, psychology, sociology, neurology, biology as well as should be viewed from an evolutionary perspective. I hope I am always strong enough to put my morality at the forefront in all I do, so much so, that it is obvious in the ways I think and behave. All religions have some form of self-shaming institution such as “sin” or its equivalent such as karma or something else often...

Anti-religion not Anti-people

Anti-religion not Anti-people I want to make sure everyone knows where I stand, I am against all religions and all gods but I am not against the people who believe in such nonsense. I am not trying to attack them to destroy them or anything like that. Instead I care for them for I too was once so lost in indoctrination. I am not at war with them rather I feel I am fighting for them against the lies that trap and cage them, often from birth. I don’t see myself as an executioner killing off their beloved beliefs, I see myself as emancipator assisting them in finding their own freedom out of the shackles of being belief blind, back to natural reality which presents itself as godless devoid of magical powers. Attack Thinking and Not People When I say attack thinking and not people. Some people seem to think I am relatively saying we should not hold people accountable for any beliefs. I most definitely hold people accountable for hateful thinking against other people which can motivate bad or harmful behaviors. Furthermore, while I may strive to not attack people I do hold all people accountable for their bad or harmful behavior. Beliefs are mental objects not in the world and relatively are not at much a threat as behavior which is an external interaction in the world that has a large chance to be a threat and possible harm. I Feel Good doing Good Some people seem to require threats of hell or rewards in heaven to be good to others or to even care. But I...

Religious OCD Subtype?

Religious OCD Subtype?   by Ghazel Tellawi, M.A.   Religious thoughts can become intrusive and distressing in individuals with OCD. These thoughts can involve intrusive religious blasphemous thoughts, compulsive prayer, hypermorality, unwarranted concern about committing a sin, and cleaning/washing rituals (Himle, Chatters, Taylor & Nguyen, 2001). These thoughts sometimes become problematic, and are referred to as “scrupulosity.” Scrupulosity describes the relationship between religiosity and the symptoms of OCD, and individuals with these obsessions often focus on certain details of their religion while ignoring others.   OCD and Religious OCD Overview?   Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is considered a type of anxiety disorder that involves recurring, unwanted obsessions and repetitive compulsions. Obsessions are intrusive thoughts that cause severe distress, despite the fact that the individual realizes that the obsessions represent exaggerated fears that are not likely to occur. These obsessions are worries that reach beyond anxiety about everyday problems. So upsetting are the obsessions that the individual attempts to counteract them with a specific behavior or neutralizing thought called a compulsion. The individual feels as though their compulsions must be performed in response to the obsessions. Compulsions are implemented strictly to reduce anxiety or prevent a feared outcome. One large study found that scrupulous obsessions in OCD were ranked as the fifth most common obsession, with 6% of participants endorsing it as their primary obsession. Additionally, it has been estimated that religious obsessions occur in 25% of individuals with OCD (Antony, Dowie, & Swinson, 1998). One study showed that OCD symptoms presentation can be influenced by one’s religion and culture (Sica, Novara, Sanavio, Dorz & Coradeschi, 2002). Abramowitz, Deacon, Woods, & Tolin (2004)...

How could a religion be a lie is it because it’s not true?

“Damien, how could a religion be a lie is it because it’s not true? With my definition of a lie there must be agency. A lie is the intent to deceive. How would you go about defining a lie in the religious context? I hope you don’t mind my questions I enjoy learning about others position as I know mine is not perfect I may adopt something from yours.” – Questioner  Types of religion lying? ”Bad faith” lies, eroding the acknowledgement of one’s own ability to act and determine one’s possibilities self-efficiency and self-mastery instead requires reliance on the religion, god, holy person/pastor/priest or holy book/some other believed sacred thing. 1 ”Bald-faced” lies, lie such as talking donkeys in the bible (Numbers 22:28-30) or flying horses (Sahih al-Bukhari, 5:58:227 an Islamic holy book) are lies that are obviously a lies. 1 “Big lie” lies, a lie which attempts to trick the victim into believing something major which will likely be contradicted by some information the victim already possesses, or by their common sense. Say for instance the promotion of magic as real. Some religions claim that praying for somebody who is sick can have positive effects on the health of the person being prayed for. Magic is not real, never was, so to keep professing magic as a real thing to the contrary of reality, such as the nonsense belief of prayer even after it was tested and of course it failed (STEP study 2006) but the vigorous support of prayer not lessened at all, so it is promoting a “Big lie.” 1 2 “Bluffing” lies, to pretend to have a capability or...

What is bible and Who is jesus???

“Damien, who is jesus???” – Questioner My response, well to me, jesus is the title name given to the purposed personage of Yeshua, a prominent character in the bible’s new testament stories some claim was a son of god and also the father god as well as a presumed external spirit being forming a trinity, both acknowledged as three separate being yet also claimed to still be one ad the same person; yeah it makes no sense. “Damien, what is bible ???” Questioner My response, the bible is Christian scriptures, consisting of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments. I see the bible like pretty much how I see all holy books, that they are obviously man made works of historical fiction and dogmatic propaganda generally with some amount pseudoscience, pseudohistory, and pseudomorality. I see all holy books as the propaganda for religions that are organized lying. “Damien you said, “to you religions are organized lying.” If your definition of truth is “the intent to deceive” then I cannot see how someone who believes can be considered lying. Can you help me with this Damien?” – Questioner My response, I see religions are organized lying (dogmatic propaganda generally with some amount pseudoscience, pseudohistory, and pseudomorality) telling nontruth as if it is proven real without evidence and disproof against such assertions as pseudotruth, not a possibility of truth, no pseudotruth is offered as fact, which is lying. “Maybe as a system religion is a lie but my grandmother really did believe that she was going to heaven before she died. Would you say that she was lying?” – Questioner...

Atheist Morality = Scientific Morality?

Atheist Morality:  Some atheists don’t really address the philosophical arguments of atheistic anti-humanism from atheistic humanism.   I am and was dissatisfied with what to me was a lack of scientific core in secular morality. Thus, looked for and found what I was hoping for in Formal Axiology (scientific value theory) which is a social science.  I wish to promote common sense, thus challenge thinking that is flated or in error and bad behaviors as well as promote positive humanism and wish for human flourishing as people have dignity and what they may believe has no dignity. And, as far as what I want when it comes to beliefs, I wish to inspire the ethics of belief such as that which is needed in ones increased accuracy of beliefs. We should be thoughtful in belief acquisition, be open in our belief. maintenance, and intellectually honest in our belief relinquishment. This Guardian link is a interesting article close to the dissatisfied way I think some who are atheists seem to avoid or struggle in navigating the difference between anti-humanism and humanism. Which if not we’ll defined confuses the arguments especially in clearly relating atheistic morality in general. To me, it seems many atheists either somehow adopt quasi religious moral thinking try with little substance to core out a moral middle or reject morality entirely in either a relativistic or nihilism way. I reject that line of thinking and see morality as originating outside of religion, involving evolutionary scientific and objective and supported by Formal Axiology which has been proven empirically valid. I mainly hold to objective morality but I do believe morality at...