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Started Nov 30, 2012 0 Replies

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Richard replied to Josh Allen's discussion If you can tell me what religion you are then you are in a prison.
""If you can't answer a man's arguments, all is not lost; you can always call him vile names."  Elbert Hubbard"
4 hours ago
Richard replied to Jack Bauer's discussion Nevada Ranch War ... in the group The Great Debate
"The Wide-open West is Overloaded with Crybabies: http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1350&dat=19950115&id=ZWcxAAAAIBAJ&sjid=YwMEAAAAIBAJ&pg=4806,4046578 “Take away our subsidized rangeland?” …"
4 hours ago
Richard replied to Jack Bauer's discussion Nevada Ranch War ... in the group The Great Debate
"From Wikipedia: “Judicial Watch is a politically conservative government watchdog group.[1][2”  And probably completely unbiased."
5 hours ago
Richard replied to Stuart Charles's discussion Vegetarian for a Month
"Stewart, I applaud your rationality.  You’re not buying vegetarianism on faith and you’re not dismissing it out-of-hand—you’re experimenting.  I’m not sure one month is adequate to realize most of the benefits…"
9 hours ago
Richard replied to Jack Bauer's discussion Nevada Ranch War ... in the group The Great Debate
"Jack, the guy's no better than a thief-- he’s stealingfrom the public commons (I know you don’t believe in the commons but that’s your tough luck.)  I live in Oregon, where there are large federal forests.  Now, do I…"
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Richard replied to Jack Bauer's discussion Nevada Ranch War ... in the group The Great Debate
"Exactly!"
yesterday
Richard replied to Jack Bauer's discussion Nevada Ranch War ... in the group The Great Debate
"John, well said.  Despite what most people think, much of the west is ill-suited for cattle production.  If you’ve ever been there, you’ll know that Nevada is mostly desert.  Very little grass grows there. You’ll…"
yesterday
Richard replied to Michael Pascoe's discussion Hello, everybody.
"Hey Michael, Congrats on the new baby!  I hope to hear more from you on this site in the future."
Apr 8
Rick Shelton replied to Richard's discussion Monkeys in the group Men of Science
"One monkey banking randomly on a keyboard will produce words, randomly. Is it possible that 100 monkey banging away randomly on 100 keyboards will produce whole sentences?  Surely so.  It is possible that one monkey banging away at a…"
Apr 7
Kevin replied to Richard's discussion Monkeys in the group Men of Science
"I basically ditto what Liam said.  I too would be amazed at Richard's monkey.  But it wouldn't make me believe there was any supernatural agency involved.  The fact that natural selection is the exact opposite of random is…"
Apr 7
Liam S. replied to Richard's discussion Monkeys in the group Men of Science
"What is often neglected in pure probability discussions is the mechanisms of learning, and natuarl selection. Natural selection is not random. If, for instance, the ability to produce language was genetic, and monkeys who manage to spell words live…"
Apr 7
Richard added a discussion to the group Men of Science
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Monkeys

“…When you're dealing with really big numbers and places as big and as old as the universe "Everything not forbidden is compulsory."    Kevin, I’m not saying you’re wrong but, like so many things in Science, that’s debatable.  I’ve held onto the following for quite awhile now and finally I have a chance to use it: “It has been said that an infinite number of monkeys pounding on an infinite number of keyboards would produce the works of Shakespeare-- but the internet has proven this to be…See More
Apr 7
Richard replied to Alexander Milton's discussion Gen-Xer, married, father, business, food, health, hobby, sports, companionship
"Nice summation, alexander.  Glad you're here."
Apr 7
Richard replied to Benjamin K.'s discussion Urgent: Need some advice as soon as possible! **Edited
"No, no no!--  No touching!  "Other" touching is what she's expecting. Surprise her. It's subtle-- s l o w l y build up; then make her beg! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tezjznL9NzM"
Apr 5
Richard replied to Benjamin K.'s discussion Urgent: Need some advice as soon as possible! **Edited
"Make some cocktails for her-- something sweet and on the exotic side. Watch some old "chick flick" movies with her: Gone With the Wind, Casablanca, An Affair to remember,-- I can't think of any more right now.  Order take-out to…"
Apr 4
Richard replied to Andrew D, USA Ret's discussion Christians vs Muslims in Africa - Not really Christians or Muslims? in the group The Great Debate
"Regular Joe, May I ask what you were doing in those regions? (not to be used as an argument-- just curious.)  Thanks, Joe."
Mar 31

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At 3:51pm on March 27, 2014, Jack Bouchard said…

I think the way to describe Stone Turners (or at least what I hope it can become) is to compare it to The Great Debate. TGD is focused on questions that most people are aware of and takes an adversarial approach to answering them.

Stone Turners will hopefully focus on aspects of existence that don't get looked at because they are accepted as givens. An example would be jokes (how do they work, what assumptions lie beneath the surface, what does laughing at one say about me?). Another would be our forward facing eyes. The group image is actually of a New Caledonian Crow using a drinking fountain. What's fascinating about these birds is that they are observed using a range of tools not seen in other crows, even though their raw cognitive abilities aren't different. What they do have is a straighter beak shape and more forward-facing eyes, which is what researchers currently believe might account for the difference. So there's territory to be explored there about our natures and how they might result from such things.

So, by nature of the questions we're asking, I hope Stone Turners will be more exploratory and cooperative, as opposed to adversarial. Maybe it won't lead anywhere. Maybe it will just lead to bullshit. But my experience doing this kind of thing on my own is that questioning what's given has led me to some fruitful inquiries and improved my mindset.

At 4:20pm on July 12, 2012, Herb Munson said…

Welcome aboard, Richard. Great to have you in The Great Debate.

 
 
 

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Andrew D, USA Ret replied to Jack Bauer's discussion Nevada Ranch War ... in the group The Great Debate
"Tsk, tsk, little man.  Seems you've forgotten the American revolution can be argued to have begun over taxation without representation - the Sugar tax, the Stamp tax, tea taxes, etc.  Nothing unhinges citizens more than when their…"
3 minutes ago
Conor Cooley posted a discussion

Hello from Ireland

Hi.I've been a reader now for a short time and I decided to join the forum to maybe take part in some discussions. I'm from Ireland, as the title says... any other Irish readers/posters on the forums?See More
6 minutes ago
Steve Dallas replied to Jack Bauer's discussion Nevada Ranch War ... in the group The Great Debate
"I think it is mostly just internet talk. Once it comes to actually doing something, only the very few willl show up, and even they really don't want anything to actually happen. Just being there with a gun is all that they can…"
6 minutes ago
Jack Bauer replied to Josh Allen's discussion If you can tell me what religion you are then you are in a prison.
"I've heard that definition of "fascist" before ... mostly from anti-capitalists that like to equate, however spuriously, "fascism" and capitalism. The definition I'm using is ... "a way of organizing a society in…"
7 minutes ago
Liam S. replied to Jack Bauer's discussion Nevada Ranch War ... in the group The Great Debate
"With all due respect... an amount dwindling with each word you type... Fuck you.  Besides which, I'm fond of wolfhounds. "
12 minutes ago
Steve Dallas replied to Jack Bauer's discussion Nevada Ranch War ... in the group The Great Debate
"I wouldn't call these militia types sheep, sheep dogs nor wolves. Annoying  dogs that upset your wife a little, shit on the lawn, maybe dig up your flowers but in the end they just make a mess and annoying noise. Sure, the other shit dogs…"
13 minutes ago
Jack Bauer replied to Thomas James's discussion Paying off a large credit card debt vs. settlement? Are there pros? How bad are the cons?
"If you think contractual alterations change moral obligations, then you misunderstand the moral obligation. It is morally wrong to dodge debts you can afford to pay.  That includes dodging them by contract, or by legal wrangling, or by lying,…"
15 minutes ago
Andrew D, USA Ret replied to Jack Bauer's discussion Nevada Ranch War ... in the group The Great Debate
"Liam, you come across like the little accounting clerk with pocket protector and eye shades who counts and recounts the money with meticulous care and whose analness can't handle even a single penny out of place. Your kind are needed and…"
23 minutes ago

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