I don't know if any of you have seen this, but I thought you might enjoy Liam's submission to Scott Adam's latest "Dilbert" book". Check it out and if you like it you might want to vote on the…Continue
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.
"From the text of the executive order:
Notwithstanding the temporary suspension imposed pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security may jointly determine to admit individuals to the United States as…"
"There are tens of thousands of refugees fleeing persecution, war, famine, and death. What is a statistical blip to you, is a mother, a father, a son, a daughter--human beings who are subjected to the worst that humans can do to one another, and all…"
"I guess the underlying premise, that they have a right to be able to come here, isn't in my argument. There are so many other things we could be worrying about, like the 25 million North Koreans, that really the couple thousand refugees that…"
"What does that actually have to do with the matter? Because we have a high standard for entry we shouldn't consider refining or pausing the inflow while we work with other nations (who are not currently assisting us in the vetting process), to…"
"If you spent 3 years trying to get somewhere and someone told you that because you come from a certain place, not only are you not getting in right now, but you might not get in at all, how would you feel?
Not to mention, in some cases these folks…"
"Ok, so in spending 3 years of vetting, another 90 days will be that big of a deal? Remember, we're dealing specifically with countries that are NOT cooperating with the vetting process. Personally, I'd prefer we waited longer and had a…"
"What Obama did was a slow down, not a pause, and certainly not a "ban". There were still people coming in while the "slow down" was in effect. No one spent 3 years going through the process, only to be told during the…"