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Posted: 15 March 2012 06:51 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Hello everyone, found this place and thought I might sign up and participate in some free thinking discussions!

A bit about myself:
My name is Eric, and I live in New York City.
I’m a reclaimed Atheist (just renounced my position as a Buddhist, which I was for the past three years), and want to be involved in discussions that encourage critical and free thinking. I am terribly prone to getting excited about conspiracy theories…and usually realize how silly they are by the end of the day wink

I’m also a musician (microtonal and fretless guitar player) and a science fiction/fantasy writer.

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experimental ambient composer
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http://www.ericjackonarts.com
http://www.microtonalist.com
http://www.ericjackson.bandcamp.com
http://www.soundcloud.com/ericjackson
http://www.youtube.com/ericjacksonarts

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Posted: 15 March 2012 09:02 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Welcome to the CFI Forum, Eric! I know we have several musicians here, as well as several who are interested in SF, and many who are interested in aspects of Buddhism (myself included). So you should find plenty to discuss. And of course, great to have another NYC resident on the boards!

Cheers,

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Posted: 15 March 2012 09:18 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Welcome Eric,
Listened to one of the compositions (steel guitar) and was impressed. Nice work.
Looking forward to your posts.

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Posted: 15 March 2012 09:29 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Welcome aboard. Some of my best friends are musicians and freethinkers.

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You cannot have a rational conversation with someone who holds irrational beliefs.

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Posted: 15 March 2012 09:39 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Welcome Eric.  Glad to have you here…

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“Sometimes in order to see the light, you have to risk the dark.” ~ Iris Hineman (Lois Smith) The Minority Report

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Posted: 16 March 2012 03:56 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Asanta is right to point out elsewhere that blue is reserved for Mod/Admin official comments. So please pick a different color for sentences in your sig.

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Posted: 16 March 2012 07:33 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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DimensionalSound - 15 March 2012 06:51 AM

I’m also a musician (microtonal and fretless guitar player)

Neat!

When I’m not doing my traditional gigging thing (jazz and classical, mostly) I’m into just intonation-based microtonal music. I had preferred Johnston notation, but I have just recently began to investigate Sagittal.

BTW, the Kepler Quartet recordings of Ben Johnston string quartets are awesome.

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Posted: 16 March 2012 07:43 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Thanks for the warm welcome everyone!
I went ahead and changed my color—sorry about that.

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DimensionalSound - 15 March 2012 06:51 AM

I’m also a musician (microtonal and fretless guitar player)

Neat!

When I’m not doing my traditional gigging thing (jazz and classical, mostly) I’m into just intonation-based microtonal music. I had preferred Johnston notation, but I have just recently began to investigate Sagittal.

BTW, the Kepler Quartet recordings of Ben Johnston string quartets are awesome.

smile

Wow! What are the odds? Good to see there’s some JI knowledge amongst this forum

Johnston’s music is amazing!

I never worked with his notation system. I primarily use Jon Catler’s methods, which are based on the 13th prime and uses very few new symbols to help make things easier to read and communicate.

What instruments do you use for JI?

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http://www.ericjackonarts.com
http://www.microtonalist.com
http://www.ericjackson.bandcamp.com
http://www.soundcloud.com/ericjackson
http://www.youtube.com/ericjacksonarts

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Posted: 16 March 2012 08:10 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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DimensionalSound - 16 March 2012 07:43 AM

Wow! What are the odds? Good to see there’s some JI knowledge amongst this forum

Johnston’s music is amazing!

Yup!

I never worked with his notation system. I primarily use Jon Catler’s methods, which are based on the 13th prime and uses very few new symbols to help make things easier to read and communicate.

I think I have seen Catler’s system but what exactly it is escapes me at the moment.

What instruments do you use for JI?

My own, of course. I have some tools on my computer - MIDI bending stuff - that I occasionally pull out to test stuff, but my strong preference is to use acoustic instruments, and to simply use them according to their abilities. Thus, trombones and violins can play pretty much any pitch in their range, but clarinets can only really handle stuff that is possible with specific fingerings because they can’t bend pitches that well. Honestly, I haven’t written that much JI stuff yet which I’m proud to record and distribute. But I’m working on it.

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Posted: 16 March 2012 08:14 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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By the way, I’ve found that the people on the forum here are pretty hip to checking out new or unusual music.

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Posted: 04 May 2012 11:27 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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While I understand that some/many atheists believe “freethinking” means no God belief, I reject that claim in that “freethinking” means being able to set aside your prejudices in order to examine questions, ideas.  As such I hope you’re up for some Theistic Freethinking.

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Posted: 05 May 2012 03:48 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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canuckzap - 04 May 2012 11:27 PM

While I understand that some/many atheists believe “freethinking” means no God belief, I reject that claim in that “freethinking” means being able to set aside your prejudices in order to examine questions, ideas.  As such I hope you’re up for some Theistic Freethinking.

Dave

  Do it, Canukzap!

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Posted: 05 May 2012 05:44 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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Edit: The caffeine just kicked in. I had misunderstood your statement. Welcome to the forums, canuckzap.

[ Edited: 05 May 2012 06:03 AM by DarronS ]
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Posted: 05 May 2012 05:49 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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DimensionalSound - 15 March 2012 06:51 AM

I’m a reclaimed Atheist (just renounced my position as a Buddhist, which I was for the past three years)

There is no external deity in Buddhism although it can be assumed to be the Buddha which explains why you reclaim yourself to be an atheist even though there is no god in that religion.

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Posted: 07 May 2012 10:07 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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canuckzap - 04 May 2012 11:27 PM

While I understand that some/many atheists believe “freethinking” means no God belief, I reject that claim in that “freethinking” means being able to set aside your prejudices in order to examine questions, ideas.  As such I hope you’re up for some Theistic Freethinking.

To me, free thought or freethinking means the willingness to follow the evidence wherever it may lead, without the need to protect any sacred cows. IOW, the freethinker is free of constraints. The strong belief in any supernatural entities excludes one from being a freethinker.

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Posted: 07 May 2012 11:06 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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I agree with FreeInKy.  I can understand one being an agnostic and a freethinker, but if one really believes that a god exists, that has to, at least so some extent, limit one’s ability to think without pre-bias.

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