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We - the people on this site (and, we trust, you) - want to make the world a better place. The question is: how?  An important part of the answer is: with help from one another - we can't do this on our own.  We will need to learn how to cooperate, if we are to see this happen.

Right now, the challenges the world faces, but also the possibilities for real change, are greater than they have been in our lifetime.  So we want to do everything we can to understand the challenges and come up with the best possible responses, to enable us to work together and make the best changes happen.

What the human race does today, and in the next few years - how we live, the choices we make - will shape the world, and decide our future.

We need to understand the practical challenges we face.  But we also need to explore ideas and beliefs, hopes and fears, because these are the things which drive our choices and affect the way we live.  And we need to explore them with people who do not already agree with us, because we will need to cooperate with as many people as possible if we are going to beat these challenges.

We will not learn enough if we only talk to people who agree with us, and we will not be strong enough if we only cooperate with those we like.

So we want to attract a wide range of people with different ideas and opinions.  With a range of differing perspectives, we can test the evidence for our ideas and explore the alternatives, so that we have good reason to believe the actions we take are the best we are capable of.  And we always need to be open to the possibility of understanding more, and changing our strategy.

Alongside the challenges, we also want to share some good news about things which give us hope end encouragement: if we are to overcome these challenges, we will need joy and strength just as much as we need clear thinking and accurate information.

What Next?

Fee free to browse.  All the content on the site is available for anyone to read.  If you wish to contribute in some way, or simply support our vision of people cooperating despite disagreement, you are very welcome to join us, but please read the material in the Introduction first, to understand how we try to do things.

This site is currently under development - we are still copying content across from the original site.  But there is enough to give you an idea of what we are aiming to build.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

 

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Paul Hazelden published an article
Introduction
Our basic framework (Particles, People and Purpose) divides all of reality into three parts: physical, social and spiritual. This enables us to talk about each part in a constructive way, because each one requires us to use different…
Sep 27
Paul Hazelden commented on Paul Hazelden's article Morality: An Introduction
"Mark, perhaps I'm misunderstanding you, but this 'pragmatism' you describe seems to me to be a clear example of option two: morality is an invented story.  It is invented for the pragmatic reason that it is useful, hence the article I linked to,…"
Sep 19
Mark Collins commented on Paul Hazelden's article Human Identity
"Do I exist in the past, present and future simultaneously?  I believe there are models that suggest that every moment is an on going process. "According to theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli, time is an illusion: our naive perception of its flow…"
Sep 13
Mark Collins commented on Paul Hazelden's article Morality: An Introduction
"Option three - pragmantism - e.g. The Golden Rule is pragmatic in that if I treat others well I may more likely treated well myself. Evolution has perhaps delivered what we call 'moral behaviour' as a pragmatic development that creates a more…"
Sep 13
Brian Monahan commented on Paul Hazelden's article Universal Basic Income
" Hi Paul,
This could be the basis for an exciting and potentially viable proposal for pursuing a UBI-style economy.   Yes, this is primarily a tax reform - but it would have enormous ramifications for the entire economy.   It could offer all sorts…"
Sep 13
Brian Monahan commented on Paul Hazelden's article Politics: Some Underlying Issues
"A good summary of issues and influences upon decisions and their making thereof.   Concerning Issue 11, this could also be summarized as Short Term vs Long Term, as per Steve's impassioned discussion on Zoom.   The issue of a "planning horizon" of…"
Sep 13
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Sep 12
Paul Hazelden commented on Paul Hazelden's article Christianity: the Sovereignty of God
"I think this is a category error: when people say that God feeds the birds of the air, they are recognizing Him as the 'final cause', the one who set up the whole wonderful and complex web of life; they are also expressing trust in Him.  God feeds…"
Sep 12
Paul Hazelden commented on Paul Hazelden's blog post You Are Not Your Brain
"Mark,
I think your question is reasonable, but it presupposes a different understanding of what the Biblical writers and modern theologians understand by these terms - which is entirely understandable, given that the mechanics of resurrection are…"
Sep 12
Mark Collins commented on Paul Hazelden's article Christianity: the Sovereignty of God
"'Not really providing a solution'. Religion has never provided solutions, just random explanations that when it comes down to it are all variants on 'God moves in mysterious ways'. Of course sometimes religious communities engage in practical help…"
Sep 12
Mark Collins commented on Paul Hazelden's article Christianity: the Sovereignty of God
"How about when the bird starves - is this God withholding his feeding?"
Sep 12
Mark Collins commented on Paul Hazelden's blog post You Are Not Your Brain
"So if the Nephesh is the body/physical being, resurrection of the cremated is a recreation rather than a resurrection?
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Sep 12
Mark Collins posted a blog post
In response to the request of a good friend, I have recently written a short essay about my journey from evangelical Christianity into humanism. It deliberately attempts to draw the common ideas from the seemingly counterposing ideas of anabaptism…
Sep 12
Paul Hazelden commented on Paul Hazelden's blog post You Are Not Your Brain
"Sadly, I have neither read the books nor watched the TV series.  It looks fun.  And it seems to be describing precisely the type of future technology I had in mind when writing this piece.  Consciousness and sentience are attributes of living…"
Sep 10
Paul Hazelden commented on Paul Hazelden's blog post You Are Not Your Brain
"From Don: is the food in my body part of me?  Is my hair part of me - and am I less myself when I get my hair cut?
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Sep 6
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