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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"
17 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?” …"
17 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."
18 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…"
22 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!"
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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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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
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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
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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Rick Shelton replied to Josh Allen's discussion If you can tell me what religion you are then you are in a prison.
"There are outliers on any statistical graph and these kids' families that you know are those outliers.  Just as there are militant athiest there are militant theists.  Doesn't make either right.  I can probably show you…"
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Rick Shelton replied to Josh Allen's discussion If you can tell me what religion you are then you are in a prison.
"Do you have any substantial proof there is no God or gods?  You tell us that religious peoples have to provide proof that there is a God but you provide zero proof there is not a God.  Show me the proof."
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Rick Shelton replied to Josh Allen's discussion If you can tell me what religion you are then you are in a prison.
"Then what would you call teaching your kids 'right from wrong'?  And to take it further why would your 'right and wrong' be any better than anyone elses' 'right and wrong'?  If I teach my kids that…"
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Pale Horse replied to Jack Bauer's discussion Nevada Ranch War ... in the group The Great Debate
"Don't get that copyrighted."
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John Lee Pettimore replied to Josh Allen's discussion If you can tell me what religion you are then you are in a prison.
"Enough said."
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John Lee Pettimore replied to Jack Bauer's discussion Nevada Ranch War ... in the group The Great Debate
"Paranoia will destroya."
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Brad Williams replied to Josh Allen's discussion If you can tell me what religion you are then you are in a prison.
"So I had some extra time today and had no trouble finding a huge collection of blog by young adults and up about recovering from the emotional damage fundamentalism did to them.  A quick search will bring you hundreds of high quality…"
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