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Started Nov 30, 2012 0 Replies

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Richard replied to Allen Winston Cook's discussion Tire around the Waist.. in the group Exercise
"Hey Allen, I've seen some impressive outcomes with one simple change-- cutting out all sugar.  I can almost guarantee you'll get good results without dieting.  Here's Dr. Lustig from the University of…"
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Richard replied to Stephen Jashub Comstock's discussion Questions about getting into welding.
"Stephen, My father was a machinist and welder.  He never smoked but he died of lung cancer.  Please consider that, as a welder, you'll be working in confined spaces, breathing acetylene gas, various flux compounds and metal and…"
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"Josh, I believe you will rule the world!"
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Richard replied to Pale Horse's discussion King Barack Pouting? in the group The Great Debate
"Nonsense, Will, Obama (whether you like him or not) has gone out of his way to compromise: http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/obameter/rulings/compromise/ Perhaps you don't recall the term "The party of NO!" "
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Richard replied to Lon R.'s discussion How to Read Scientific Papers, Use Journal Databases, and Other Such Skills? in the group Men of Science
"Lon, First off, I'll say that most research papers are written in a very precise, specialized working phraseology-- often arcane.  Your first goal should be to understand the technical language; get yourself a good pocket medical…"
Jul 6
Richard replied to Jack M.'s discussion What book do you think is worth re-reading and why?.
"Hello Kasper, Yes! one of the finest little novels around.  You might also be interested in Steinbeck's "Sweet Thursday"-- the same story but with a romantic twist."
Jul 3
Richard replied to Regular Joe's discussion Unclog My Bath!
"Joe, I suggest you call a plumber as a last resort.  Not more than a few hours ago I paid a plumber $1600 to locate and repair a small leak in my water line.  I'm usually fairly independent regarding fixing things, but…"
Jul 3
Richard replied to Kevin's discussion Technologically advanced extraterrestrial life - resistance is futile in the group Men of Science
""This tiny blue dot, is the entirety of the reach of our signals. Just for perspective."Fascinating!"
Jun 30
Richard replied to Kevin's discussion Technologically advanced extraterrestrial life - resistance is futile in the group Men of Science
"Hey Kevin, Damien, Rick, I was somewhat taken aback awhile ago when Stephen Hawking suggested that we avoid communicating with alien beings because they might prove hostile-- that coming from a renowned astrophysicist. We've been broadcasting…"
Jun 30
Richard replied to Jack M.'s discussion What book do you think is worth re-reading and why?.
"Two Years before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana if you like non-fiction historical accounts and The Man who would be King by Kipling."
Jun 28
Richard commented on Herb Munson's group The Great Debate
"I can't imagine where Ann Coulter got the idea that European sports weren't violent: http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=058_1347985816 http://vimeo.com/25512336 "
Jun 27
Richard replied to Kevin's discussion Will someone please explain Jesus to me? in the group Christian Men
"Brad, Will, Yes, I knew, when I wrote it, that the Chesterton statement was an ad hominem; I just couldn't resist though-- the link was just too good to pass up.  Sorry."
Jun 27
Richard replied to Kevin's discussion Will someone please explain Jesus to me? in the group Christian Men
"Will, The idea that "We don't just loose our free choices.  We loose everything rational is a non sequitur; one does not preclude the other. Also, quoting G.K Chesterton, is tantamount to dismissing science. …"
Jun 26
Richard replied to Kevin's discussion Will someone please explain Jesus to me? in the group Christian Men
"Like everything else in the universe, our neural networks function according to the laws of physics (I'd be interested in any proof to the contrary.)  The environment continually works upon our brains to create neural pathways (memory…"
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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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