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  1. Basically, i believe that morality and ethics have a base in "whatever works best for the individual." Our caveman ancestors basically believed (in my view) that what gives them the best chance at life is morally correct. Thus... Killing a human being in their group is bad because that person helps them in the hunting of animals, collection of food, etc etc. Stealing is bad because, if caught, you may be killed. Thus, thievery is again BAD. Rape is bad because again, there is the whole issue of being caught, and if you are caught, then you may be killed. However, religion did come about, and with it came further attempts at improving our own morality. For example, in Christianity, you have "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself" and in Islam, the prophet is quoted as saying "Righteousness is good morality, and wrongdoing is that which wavers in your soul and which you dislike people finding about." These were attempts at moving away from the notion of "what is best for the individual" to "what is best for the society." As for Atheists acting immoral, that depends on what you define as morally correct and wrong. If we use US prisons as a reference, i would recommend reading through this source. https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/are-prisoners-less-likely-to-be-atheists/ The difference between the atheist and the theist is that both (when they do act ethically) act ethically for different reasons. Theists have the whole thing with God, Heaven and Hell, whereas atheists are ethical for different reasons (don't want to disrupt social order, not going to jail, etc). To directly answer your question, it depends on what you view as "morally correct" and "morally wrong." Do you think murder is wrong? Do you think rape is wrong? Do you think incest is wrong? What about bestiality? Well Stalin was an atheist, as well as Mao Zhedong, etc. However, there is no representative of atheists, and you can't judge atheists based on the actions of a few? For murder, well the Encyclopedia of Wars, an extensive study published in 2008, chronicles 1,763 wars throughout human history. It names just 123 as religious in nature. You also can't state that the number of atheists in a country are the most peaceful either. The Institute for the Economics and Peace found that less religion in a country doesn't make iit more peaceful. The proportion of atheists in a country had no bearing on levels of peace. If you want to take a look at past examples, i again have to bring up the communists. It is estimated that in the past 100 years, governments under the banner of atheistic communism have caused the death of somewhere between 40 million to 260 million. Then you have the idiocy of Sam Harris when he stated "If i could have a magic wand and rid of either rape or religion, I would not hesitate to get rid of religion." Complementing this (unfortunately) is a study conducted in March 2014 that quoted: "A new EU review of violence against women has revealed that one in three European women has been assaulted, and one in twenty has been raped, with the Scandinavian countries at the top of the league tables. In the Scandinavian countries, in contrast, around half of the women reported physical or sexual violence, which researchers at the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights said could have several explanations... In Sweden, 81 percent of women said they had been harassed at some point after the age of 15 - compared to the EU average of 55 percent. After Sweden, which had the highest rate, Denmark, France, the Netherland and Finland all saw rates above 70 percent. The EU member state with the lowest rate - 24 percent - was Bulgaria." In regards to incest, Lawrence Krauss, in response to the question "Why is incest wrong?" said "It's not clear to me that it is wrong," further going on to state that if it is between two consenting adults, etc, it is completely fine. TheAmazingAtheist (a youtube channel with 1 million subscribers) produced a video titled "Atheist Libertarian defends Incest, Polygamy and Cannibalism!" A quotation from the abstract of Will M. Gervais' study "Everything is Permitted? People intuitively judge immorality as significant of Atheism" not-so-wonderfully quoted that even "atheist participants judged immoral acts as more representative of atheists than of other groups." For bestiality, i recommend that you read through this. However, you can't really state that atheists are by default immoral. As Ken Ammi once wrote "When considering any and every atheist condemnation of any action whatsoever it is of primary importance to keep in mind that they are expressing personal opinions about the act(s) they are condemning..." You cannot judge Atheists except by their character. Thus, when i go out with my atheist friends, i don't assume that they are immoral because i have seen nothing from them that is immoral. --- I hope i didn't insult any atheists with this; again, i do not think you are immoral. It is all based on the individual...
  2. Hey guys. Please do this. its due urgently. im like 4 weeks behind. thank you!!!!! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/14VwpcbY5DnCnlEBTq_bzXtpegt2H5qaNzJbT81NfSpE/edit?usp=drive_web
  3. Currently, my school only offers Arabic. In the past it did teach Indonesian as well. My school is stupid in the fact that it has teachers qualified to teach German, Kurdish, Spanish, etc but decides against the teaching of these perhaps easier languages. The reason is that most of the school consists of Arabs. However, most children of Arab immigrants only know (broken) slang arabic, which is completely different from standard Arabic depending on your origin in MENA. A lot of students have complained they they would prefer it if they could learn these other languages because it would be easier for them, but the school persists in not giving in to their complaints..... LOL, i laughed at those guys so much. I know Syrian arabic which is one of the closest slangs to standard, hahahahahaha lol lmao. They switched to hsc :)))))))))
  4. lol, couple days have more than passed. i really want to see the explanation lol, probs cause i was the last comment.
  5. omg lolllllllllllllllllllllllll. please tell us the teacher's reaction!
  6. Here is the google form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/14VwpcbY5DnCnlEBTq_bzXtpegt2H5qaNzJbT81NfSpE/
  7. Thank you so much and best of luck with your exams next month!!!
  8. hello, i was thinking of doing that as well, but i don't how to put up the questions that are in relation to the pictures. If you have the time, i'd love to hear from you, and possible receive help in the creation of this form.
  9. Hello guys, please complete the questionnaire and post the results. If you have a better way for me to do this, please don't mind telling me. Thank you very much!!! Maths golden ration questionairre.docx
  10. Please don't call the USA a regime.A regime is according to online dictionary " a government, especially an authoritarian one." Authoritarian means " favouring or enforcing strict obedience to authority at the expense of personal freedom." America does not suffer from a regime, and you're calling it a regime, at least in my view, brings insult(?) to the people living under ACTUAL regimes.
  11. that may be true in the western world, but definitely not in Africa, Asia, etc. Even Europe has seen a surge in the number of protests, usually to do with the subject of immigration. So, no tbh, i don't agree with you that protest has gone blunt. After all, especially in our modern world, with availability of the internet, a single strike no matter how large can reach the whole world and reflects to other countries on the perception of the target country's populace on recent policies. Although they definitely not as effective as they used to be, i believe because of the degree of the strike. Once a big European country (not big in size, but in its popularity, or a word like that?) has a major protest where there are significant clashes with police, and people perhaps go on strike, definitely the world will react. But for now, countries not associated with the West will in all honesty and let's not deny it here, have their protests, no matter the severity or the size of the protest, ignored completely, or if not ignored, people will know very little about it.
  12. lmao i cant remember how much anime ive watched, but ive definetly read a lot more manga. just to give you a scope, ive watched one piece, bleach, naruto + shippuden, fairy tail, DB+Z+GT, Hunter X Hunter, then there all the ones with a lot less eps, like Berserk, shokugeki, death note, kenichi, attack on titan, kabaneri, DXD, parasyte and i can seriously go on for days lol. however, to be truthful, ive dropped all anime in favour of reading manga thesse past 2 years, and even then i only keep myself up to date with One Piece, shokugeki no soma, prison school, and Tokyo Ghoul: re. lol its not a lot, but hopefully my dropping anime will pay me back in the end lol. but ive barely managed to let go of kdrama to be honest. btw, thumbs up to whoever has read berserk, and has remained sane!
  13. lol im syrian, and look at what a couple of innocent strikes turned to in my country. All though to be fair, governments in the middle-east have been despicable for decades, and enough evidence can be seen by the outreach of the Arab Spring. All cases of the arab spring, besides Tunisia has resulted in a civil war of sorts, with the most obvious and bloody case being Syria. However, in your case, where most Americans are not suffering from poverty, and every country has their eyes set on the USA, nothing as bad as those can happen. Trump, however, will perhaps ignore you the best he can. i mean, doesn't look like he cared about the "Muslim Ban"(im muslim, and i agree it wasn't a muslim ban, but a ban of sorts on muslims from those countries. lol. btw i cant enter america anymore )
  14. good that you dont have anything to add after my saying i dont want to add anymore, and yet have left me osmething so tasty. only your first quote, by e.p sanders sounded partially affirming for the resurrection. the other two basically say that the followers of jesus suupposedly had visions of jesus, but it doesn't really confirm the resurrection. but that the first quote ill admit threw me off a bit. until i found the whole thing... New Testament scholar and theologian E. P. Sanders argues that a concerted plot to foster belief in the Resurrection would probably have resulted in a more consistent story, and that some of those who were involved in the events gave their lives for their belief. Sanders offers his own hypothesis, saying "there seems to have been a competition: 'I saw him,' 'so did I,' 'the women saw him first,' 'no, I did; they didn't see him at all,' and so on."[14] In defending the historicity of the resurrection, Sanders goes so far as to state, "That Jesus’ followers (and later Paul) had resurrection experiences is, in my judgment, a fact. What the reality was that gave rise to the experiences I do not know."[15] wikipedia.org g... the fact that this guy is still agnostic despite being a "new testament scholar" also doesn't sound good. It basically means that he's an expert in Christianity, a lot more so than your daily christian, and has still decided that Christianity was a religion worth believing in. gg. i swear im not returning to this topic after this anymore, no matter how many tasty morsels you offer me.
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