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Dealing-Away Your Government

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Penn on Saturday. 1 Reply

Now that the Exxon waiver request has been made, the big deal between Putin and then-candidate Trump in 2016 is obvious. If you're a US citizen, I suggest you tell your senators and representative to…Continue

Tags: Exxon sanctions waiver request, Trump treason

Steered by Feedback-looping

Started this discussion. Last reply by tom sarbeck Apr 15. 15 Replies

Aaron and Melissa Dykes make the point that the AI programs used by Renaissance Technologies and Cambridge Analytica are proprietary, secret from the public. Those wielding such information…Continue

Tags: mind control, personalized ads, Election Management, Artificial Intelligence

Nukes Burning Hole in 45's Pocket

Started this discussion. Last reply by Loren Miller Apr 11. 5 Replies

That's my impression of the 45th president, today. He just learned how handy war-making is to distract from treason investigations, a dysfunctional White House, and political failure. Now his…Continue

Tags: war-making as ego defense, threatening North Korea first strike

Corrupt Strongman Replaces Democracy

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan Apr 7. 17 Replies

History turned, this past election. Most haven't yet noticed that we were pushed into a new form of government. It's a bit like cultural metabolism switching from growth to cancer, to…Continue

Tags: kleptocracy, collapse of democracy in US, Trump emulates Mafia Don, corrupt strongman rule


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Day after day I see Atheist Nexus members argue scripture details, spreading theistic memes here, without realizing their self-betrayal. Memetics still seems, to most, an abstract intellectual debate. We can't grasp religion as an infective agent. We can't see ourselves as merely copying machines for viruses.…


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At 3:29pm on April 22, 2017, Joel Anthony Mouton said…

Thank you very much for the welcome. 

At 8:01pm on April 9, 2017, Joseph P said…

I dunno, calling the standard model pseudoscience, saying that the LHC fails every time, and accusing everyone who supports the Big Bang theory of selling propaganda to the media and ignoring the published literature ... seems pretty ballistic to me.

He's attacking the ideas at the beginning there, not me ... thus the part where I stated "ballistic attack of subject."  The insult at the end is the part that is a form of ad hominem.  "You just want to believe, so I'm not going to waste my time giving you any evidence for my claims," is essentially an attack on my intellectual rigor, and he explicitly refused to address the actual subject.  What would you call that, other than an ad hominem attack?

I called him out on storming off in a huff and refusing to address what I said, after he stormed off, in this most recent exchange about him not understanding what words mean.  That's not an ad hominem against him, since he refused to provide me with an argument to address ... which was my point, after all.

And sure, Tom is argumentative.  No problem there.  The problem is that he regularly displays some of the worst intellectual cowardice that I've encountered on here.  I've talked to several other people on here who have had the same sorts of problems with him, in regards to both his anti-Banger crusade and other subjects.

Tom is/was (he's retired) a freaking engineer, which he seems to think makes him an authority on theoretical physics, such that he doesn't have to back up his hyperbolic statements with material from people who actually know what they're talking about.

At 2:01pm on April 8, 2017, Joseph P said…

Here's the previous encounter that I was referring to, about Tom's attack on the Big Bang model of cosmology, by the way.  You can see the pattern that I was referring to.

Tom: *ballistic attack of subject*

Me: *incomprehension*

Tom: *ballistic attack of subject*

Me: Huh?  Could you give me a link so I can see what you're talking about and have a reason to take you seriously?

Tom: *storms off after insulting me*

Humorously, what Tom did could be considered a bit of an ad hominem, if you stretch the meaning a little.  It isn't the classic form of the fallacy, but there are elements of it.

At 2:23pm on April 5, 2017, Bead Bum said…

Thank you Ruth! Hope you're having a great week. ;-)

At 7:06pm on March 31, 2017, Brian S. Sheldon said…

Will do. Thanks. 

At 12:48pm on March 4, 2017, Thomas Bear said…

Thanks for the welcome, I'm most def interested in the Eco-Logical & Climate Concerns groups you mentioned.

At 9:54pm on February 14, 2017, Donald L. Engel said…

Thanks, Ruth.  I'll check into it.

At 10:10am on February 10, 2017, Alex SansDieu said…
Thank you so much for the welcome! Can't wait to be more active in the atheist community!
At 9:33pm on February 7, 2017, Bertold Brautigan said…

Ruth--Somehow, my mind  not being the steel-trap sieve it used to be, I only just now noticed you'd left the comment.You add a depth and breadth of understanding we'd be much the poorer without. And better yet, you have a great sense of humor. By the way, have I mentioned lately how fucked we are?

At 11:33am on September 16, 2016, Tonya R. Wheeler said…

Thank you for the suggestions and welcome!



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