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Started Nov 30, 2012 0 Replies

I couldn’t post this in the video section so I thought I’d post it here.  I think it’s worth watching. …Continue

 

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Richard commented on Herb Munson's group The Great Debate
"Finally, some intelligent discussion on this site."
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"Hey Keith, Welcome aboard and congrats on your marriage."
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"Hey Conor, Glad you're here.  I'm looking forward to your posts."
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""If you can't answer a man's arguments, all is not lost; you can always call him vile names."  Elbert Hubbard"
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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?” …"
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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."
Apr 17
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…"
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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…"
Apr 16
Richard replied to Jack Bauer's discussion Nevada Ranch War ... in the group The Great Debate
"Exactly!"
Apr 16
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…"
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"Hey Michael, Congrats on the new baby!  I hope to hear more from you on this site in the future."
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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…"
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“…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
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Richard replied to Alexander Milton's discussion Gen-Xer, married, father, business, food, health, hobby, sports, companionship
"Nice summation, alexander.  Glad you're here."
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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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