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Old 4th January 2013, 03:12 AM   #1481
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Old 6th January 2013, 06:06 AM   #1482
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Question Hello thinkers

I grew up in Fundy country as religion goes but I can never swallow the whole thing. It seems every religion has a very shaky premise at the heart. An Asia Indian Philospher said the whole world is supported on the back of a turtle. Asked what holds up the turtle he said "Lets change the subject." So it goes with where Cain got his wife, How Jesus could descend up from Joseph ultimately to David given his Virgin Birth. Seems religion is like a wheel with a hole in the middle. Can we love a neighbor who makes more money by some illegal means such as moonshining? It would be easier to sacrifice a child or kill a village.
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Old 6th January 2013, 09:31 AM   #1483
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Originally Posted by Fellow Traveler View Post
I grew up in Fundy country as religion goes but I can never swallow the whole thing. It seems every religion has a very shaky premise at the heart. An Asia Indian Philospher said the whole world is supported on the back of a turtle. Asked what holds up the turtle he said "Lets change the subject." So it goes with where Cain got his wife, How Jesus could descend up from Joseph ultimately to David given his Virgin Birth. Seems religion is like a wheel with a hole in the middle. Can we love a neighbor who makes more money by some illegal means such as moonshining? It would be easier to sacrifice a child or kill a village.
Welcome Fellow Traveller, you will find many here with similar ideas on religion, dip your toes in the threads.
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Old 6th January 2013, 05:49 PM   #1484
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Hello all,

I hope this finds you well. I am a longtime lurker / noob poster who found the inclination to delurk into the "U.S. Politics" section on the "Right to Privacy" thread, a topic on which I thought I might be able to add something.

I have extraordinary warmth for this forum, and have followed various threads on and off for the past 18 months or so. I arrive with no particular agenda (or so I believe) beyond sharpening my own mental chops and contributing in those areas where I have informed insights.

I am 43 years old, the married father of three children 10 and under; I have a small law practice in San Francisco, CA which keeps the lights on, and for my first love am a teacher of law students in topics which have included criminal law and procedure, constitutional law, and national security. I am a semi-observant Jew, but am an athiest (or on charitable days a Deist) by way of belief. The various tensions which arise from the above have not been a problem thusfar.

Being a Jewish criminal defense attorney living in Berkeley, I pretty much hit the blue-state trifecta, but fancy myself a free-thinker. That proposition remains open to challenge, of course.

At any rate, I thought it the better of things to introduce myself on this thread, and reiterate the great affection I have had for this site, one of all-too-few improving the signal/noise ratio of internet discussion. I look forward to improving the ratio.

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Old 6th January 2013, 06:06 PM   #1485
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Originally Posted by iangoeswest View Post
At any rate, I thought it the better of things to introduce myself on this thread, and reiterate the great affection I have had for this site, one of all-too-few improving the signal/noise ratio of internet discussion. I look forward to improving the ratio.

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Sorry for stalking you Ian but I have to say your first post really impressed me. I could not agree with you more when it comes to the forum. I've been in many forums over the years but only one have I remained faithful to. Though to be honest I've contributed my share of noise but I'm trying to improve.
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Old 6th January 2013, 06:58 PM   #1486
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Sorry for stalking you Ian but I have to say your fist post really impressed me.

Ahem. I'm pretty sure we put the kibosh on fist posts a while back...

Sorry, couldn't resist.
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Old 6th January 2013, 07:06 PM   #1487
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Ahem. I'm pretty sure we put the kibosh on fist posts a while back...

Sorry, couldn't resist.
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Old 11th January 2013, 12:52 PM   #1488
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Hello,

I registered recently due to a debunking project of mine, but I figured the focus of this board was somewhat dissimilar, as the pseudoscience I was debunking is kind of outside the scope of the regular focus of interest on this forum, so I never got around to posting.

I have, however, found a reason to post here again, as I want to enquire as to where pointing out slight factual errors in Randi's Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds and Hoaxes would make sense - none of the subfora seem to fit the bill, and I rather ask than make a faux pas of posting in the wrong section. I could of course mail him directly, and if you guys think that is the best approach, I may take that route instead.

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Old 11th January 2013, 02:39 PM   #1489
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Originally Posted by Zwaarddijk View Post
Hello,

I registered recently due to a debunking project of mine, but I figured the focus of this board was somewhat dissimilar, as the pseudoscience I was debunking is kind of outside the scope of the regular focus of interest on this forum, so I never got around to posting.

I have, however, found a reason to post here again, as I want to enquire as to where pointing out slight factual errors in Randi's Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds and Hoaxes would make sense - none of the subfora seem to fit the bill, and I rather ask than make a faux pas of posting in the wrong section. I could of course mail him directly, and if you guys think that is the best approach, I may take that route instead.

Welcome. I'd say if the intent is to reach Randi directly, it'll probably be best to email him rather than trying to reach him via the forum.

Though you could post in the forum with your comments as well--might be interesting for other members. Maybe in the GS&P subforum?
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Old 11th January 2013, 07:49 PM   #1490
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Old 14th January 2013, 02:19 PM   #1494
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A fond welcome to all new members.

Also, please know that after 10 years or 50,000 posts, which ever comes first, you will be given the secrets to the universe by Mr. Randi personally. Be stalwart and firm in your commitment to skepticism and you will be rewarded.

Live long, prosper and drink beer.

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A fond welcome to all new members.

Also, please know that after 10 years or 50,000 posts, which ever comes first, you will be given the secrets to the universe by Mr. Randi personally. Be stalwart and firm in your commitment to skepticism and you will be rewarded.

Live long, prosper and drink beer.

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Old 14th January 2013, 10:14 PM   #1497
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Well, hello all!

Introduce myself?
I've been skeptical of most things since my late teens. I watched a lot of Penn & Teller's BS, and that helped. I knew in the back of my mind that a lot of it was bias though. I then found bigthink on Youtube, and that led me to TAM. I've been watching many of TAM, JREF, and Michio Kaku lectures online, and I find them very interesting.

I would occasionally have internal rants on social issues regarding religion and alternative medicine. Unfortunately most of my close friends are quite religious, and don't mind alternative medicine. This means they don't want to hear me talk about those issues. It wasn't until something pretty serious came up where I HAD to talk about it, and came to JREF to see what to do. Lo, and behold! There's a forum. Now why didn't I think of that before?

I'm a student currently studying medicine with an emphasis on chemistry. Because of my area of study, alternative medicine and vaccine denial are my hot button issues. You'll find me on those forums mostly.

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Well, hello all!

Introduce myself?
I've been skeptical of most things since my late teens. I watched a lot of Penn & Teller's BS, and that helped. I knew in the back of my mind that a lot of it was bias though. I then found bigthink on Youtube, and that led me to TAM. I've been watching many of TAM, JREF, and Michio Kaku lectures online, and I find them very interesting.

I would occasionally have internal rants on social issues regarding religion and alternative medicine. Unfortunately most of my close friends are quite religious, and don't mind alternative medicine. This means they don't want to hear me talk about those issues. It wasn't until something pretty serious came up where I HAD to talk about it, and came to JREF to see what to do. Lo, and behold! There's a forum. Now why didn't I think of that before?

I'm a student currently studying medicine with an emphasis on chemistry. Because of my area of study, alternative medicine and vaccine denial are my hot button issues. You'll find me on those forums mostly.

Nice to meet you all!

Welcome, EBD! You'll find a lot of similar thinking (and perhaps a dash of wooish nonsense, just to spice things up ) here. Enjoy yourself. I look forward to your posts.
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Old 16th January 2013, 11:40 AM   #1499
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Hi, Ryan from Lincolnshire UK, skeptic, atheist, libertarian (well the UK equivalent) musician, husband, father to 4.
Like: shermer, Dawkins, hitch, Sam Harris, ayn Rand, Penn jillette, Carl sagan, Hawkins. Plenty more. Hopefully I'll fit in :-D
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Welcome, Sparkyryan

I've been here for a long time and there's always something interesting going on, and excellent people. I'm sure you will feel absolutely at home here.
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Hi. I hope to find critical thinking here, not just being critical.
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Old 21st January 2013, 05:03 AM   #1502
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Hi all. Just joined, seeing as I've decided that this is the year I will finally travel from South Africa to TAM (I was in Vegas 2 years ago, but had to leave one damn week before TAM!). Looking forward to it greatly. I've met many of the regulars at various other conferences over the years, and by all accounts it will be a great experience.
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Old 21st January 2013, 11:36 AM   #1503
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Welcome Frishman and JacquesR!

JacquesR if you are planning a TAM trip this summer keep an eye on the 'The Amaz!ng Meeting! and other Skeptical Events' subforum. There will be a lot of insider tips posted and we usually organize a few casual meetings for the extracurricular events as well.
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Old 23rd January 2013, 04:59 AM   #1504
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Hello everyone, for the purposes of the forum, I'm Jasper. Long time reader, first time poster. I don't know what compelled me to join all of a sudden, but after a few attempts at signing up, I was finally let in. I'm not sure I have anything wise to add to you clever folks, so I will probably do a lot of watching from the shadows.
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Old 23rd January 2013, 09:52 AM   #1505
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Hello people, you can blame that I noticed sentences written in English for the fact you've now got another voice ,making what
generally is a muttering of comments,on this site .
That and the question " What fantasy universe would (sic) you like to live in? I mean really.....would? ! ?
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>delete< (Please see better version, following on...)...

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This is the "New Members" area?? OK...(is this thing on??)...ahem...

"Hello. This online moniker 'weedwhacker' is an homage, of sorts, to a 'former' "persona" of mine, on the "Site-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named"...(it's ATS)...(oops).....

I'm not sure if I qualify to be accepted within the realms here...my writing ability is mediocre, at best (based on some example posts I've read over the years). however...we learn by 'doing', I suppose.

Being (somewhat) new to this Forum, I am as yet unclear about the 'BB' coding and how it will appear, once posted...but, this will be a short learning curve....

...(EDIT)....just found the "preview post" option, so I'm good......

BTW...noting my "join date" here at JREF...it relates to my being informed, about 3-4 years ago, that someone used a variant spelling of "weedwhacker" here, on JREF (can't recall it exactly, now) and, I wanted to set the record straight. (Lest my none-too specific "reputation", as it were, be "sullied"....naive, I was back then.....)....

Kindest regards to all.
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Greetings!

Greetings fellow JREF members! I am pleased to see the vast participation from all to make a difference and raise awareness that is overwhelmingly deserved.

There has to be change. I work in a hospital and I must admit that I am "happily" tired of seeing patients coming in demanding answers to why quackery didn't work for them. Homeopathy, that most profess works for them come back disappointed. We told you so...yet patients will preach about it, swear by it, worship it then return with worsening symptoms. I hate it and I want to join all of you in extending this awareness.

Quickly...on my way home listening to Chicago's well-known AM radio commercial about HVAC services by a popular company. They state that all of us should call them and order their $80 inspection special because a "colder" temperature in a home will drive people to gain weight. They went on-and-on about metabolism's sensitivity to the temperature in our homes. They closed their commercial saying a "warmer" home will help you lose the weight. I thought I was about to drive off the road. Stupidity at its finest.

In any case, greetings to all! Many thanks to all of you for contributing your inputs into this vitally important cause!

Best wishes!
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Welcome TraumaDoc,
Coincidentally I just had a run-in with a friend of my wife over homeopathy. After about an hour of plugging into various websites with her, I actually had her fairly convinced that it was total nonsense and I was felling pretty good about pulling one of them back from the dark side.... Until she added, "Well, at least if it's all water, it's doing you good because it's flushing out all those toxins."

Thump! Thump! Thump! (Me hitting my head against the table to end the conversation.)
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Until she added, "Well, at least if it's all water, it's doing you good because it's flushing out all those toxins."
Oh well. Baby steps, I suppose.
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Hitting heads...

Originally Posted by Foolmewunz View Post
Welcome TraumaDoc,
Coincidentally I just had a run-in with a friend of my wife over homeopathy. After about an hour of plugging into various websites with her, I actually had her fairly convinced that it was total nonsense and I was felling pretty good about pulling one of them back from the dark side.... Until she added, "Well, at least if it's all water, it's doing you good because it's flushing out all those toxins."

Thump! Thump! Thump! (Me hitting my head against the table to end the conversation.)
Thanks Foolmewunz! You may just have to hit that head a bit harder. I too had a wife that once said the same thing! But many thanks to Mr. Randi she had downed all those bogus pills at once (may be 80+ or so...) and I can kindly attest to the fact that she is alive and still well.

Thanks again for the welcome!

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Welcome, TraumaDoc. Look forward to reading your posts.
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Originally Posted by weedwhacker View Post
This is the "New Members" area?? OK...(is this thing on??)...ahem...

"Hello. This online moniker 'weedwhacker' is an homage, of sorts, to a 'former' "persona" of mine, on the "Site-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named"...(it's ATS)...(oops).....

I'm not sure if I qualify to be accepted within the realms here...my writing ability is mediocre, at best (based on some example posts I've read over the years). however...we learn by 'doing', I suppose.

Being (somewhat) new to this Forum, I am as yet unclear about the 'BB' coding and how it will appear, once posted...but, this will be a short learning curve....

...(EDIT)....just found the "preview post" option, so I'm good......

BTW...noting my "join date" here at JREF...it relates to my being informed, about 3-4 years ago, that someone used a variant spelling of "weedwhacker" here, on JREF (can't recall it exactly, now) and, I wanted to set the record straight. (Lest my none-too specific "reputation", as it were, be "sullied"....naive, I was back then.....)....

Kindest regards to all.
Practice makes perfect when it comes to improving your writing skills. There is probably a strong tie-in with thinking skills and improving them. There some pretty unorthodox writers here too.

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Practice makes perfect when it comes to improving your writing skills. There is probably a strong tie-in with thinking skills and improving them. There some pretty unorthodox writers here too.

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Seriously, we're always taking applications over at the Grammar Resistance. My previous forty-five years in shipping had me working with people who probably accounted for about sixty-five different native tongues, so I tend to take any construction that gets one understood.

We have some noted wordsmiths here (and a couple of wordjones and wordjohnsons, too). Newbs shouldn't let that be off-putting. One shouldn't feel the need to qualify for a TLA nomination in order to be an active member. Personally, I'd rather read someone's lucid thought processes expressed in awkward English than the spawn of F. Scott Fitzgerald presenting mellifluous prose using circular reasoning and logical fallacies.

Welcome to all the newbs. Settle in and as Paul Simon advised Mrs. Robinson, stroll around the grounds until you feel at home (and try to ignore that "the grounds" in that context represented an asylum). There are places for serious discussion and not-so-serious discussion. And don't ignore the Members Only areas. You can kick back and goof around or you can get advice or help from some pretty decent folk.
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Old 27th January 2013, 07:11 AM   #1515
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Hello Everyone,

I had an account here a while back way, which I decativated a long time ago, when the requirements for registration were much more lax such as not having to ask for first or last names, which is one of the reasons why I hesitated to come back here.

Anyway, I'm currently a business student who had old plans for becomming a Mathematics professor but switched to the former because of better career opportunities in this current economy. Also, I wasn't doing too well in Calculus.

Going back a bit further than that, I was originally introduced to the skepticism movement a long time ago, in a sort-of-an indirect way, by my astronomy professor back when I had to take general classes to fufil the GE (General Education) degrees and requirements.

My hobbies and interests include 3d modeling, drawing, computers, video games, reading and working on the things that I enjoy.

I look forward to interacting with the rest of the members of the JREF community.
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Old 27th January 2013, 07:18 AM   #1516
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Welcome, NetPen. What areas are of skepticism are you interested in? I most enjoy the pseudo scientific stuff like alternative medicine, young earth creationism and paranormal claims.
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Old 28th January 2013, 02:45 AM   #1517
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Morning/afternoon/evening everyone, just saying hi before going back to lurking in the CT section. I have all sorts of interests from photography/videography to martial arts through electronics, hopefully there's knowledge there that can make a contribution to this rather quite informative site.
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Old 29th January 2013, 08:27 PM   #1518
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Hello,

I found this site doing a search.

I have been the route of boards from AT&T, Insight, and Pathstoknowledge. Paths has died down so looking for a new home.

Interests include camping, computers, politics, and science. I will be posting to most of those.
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Old 29th January 2013, 08:28 PM   #1519
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Welcome to the forum Houston.
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Old 30th January 2013, 12:22 AM   #1520
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Hello,

I found this site doing a search.

I have been the route of boards from AT&T, Insight, and Pathstoknowledge. Paths has died down so looking for a new home.

Interests include camping, computers, politics, and science. I will be posting to most of those.
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