I was expecting something quite different when I started visiting these type of places. Rather than particularly reasonable and enlightened people for the most part I found people who strike me as quite ordinary, degrees notwithstanding (for shame). The same type of petty, self-centered, feeble-minded rabble that they are accustomed to ridiculing. They just happen to not believe in a religion, as if that is supposed to be a testament to their Exceptionalism.
I’m looking for a few people who, for whatever reason, would come across this thread. The brighter sort of people. Those who find cynicism and sophism to be crutches for the idiot and wannabe. Those who can reasonably balance their sense of worth and identity with external challenges to it. Those who know how to read for crying out loud. How about anyone who is so exceptional that neither a degree nor an IQ score is anything more than a feather in their cap? And yet they are as far away as one gets from actual cranks.
Tell me that out of hundreds if not thousands of members who are supposed to be “above average” there are at least a few people here who aren’t bad jokes instead.
“Sock, Poe, Troll, Spammer” [no, not from this forum]
Dawkins, Dennett, Shermer, John Baez, etc. aren’t exactly the sharpest tools in the proverbial shed. For serious. Neither was Hitchens, though if you have trouble summoning big words naturally he may have taken the form of a giant.
Megalomaniacal mental masturbator not looking for people who identify with any of the following:
1) Believing you reproduce to pass on your genes. Crude, but hopefully the gist is conveyed. There’s a treasure-trove of stuff that can be compiled with respect to evolution. Tangential, but I even read something written by PhDs that sought to explain entrenched conservative resistance to accepting anthropogenic global warming in terms of self-interest with respect to social environment. Good luck with that.
2) Quickly chalking things up to magical Asperger’s or some other mental condition. It’s a fun list.
3) Not making sense and hating one’s peers.
4) The stupid paradox.
5) Sock-puppet detectives.
6) George and Occam.
7) Seeing/hearing things and/or bad memory.
8) Being too smart.
9) You’d be proud to appear on TV in front of a library of books in the background. The thicker the better.
10) Rocket scientist who on the side has been pondering world peace for a few decades, e.g. Edward Witten (who has modestly stated that he’s been studying conflict in the Middle East with an “amateur passion”). I’m interested in professionals.
Megalomaniacal mental masturbator looking for people who identify with all of the following:
2) A lot of philosophy, present probably included, is a fallacious pile of crap.
3) Reading things you have written in the past can all too often make you ill.
4) Not averse to games.
5) You have a loose and somewhat flippant definition for conspiracy theories and thus find them quite commonplace, if not ubiquitous.
6) You have better things to be proud of than how many hours you “work” or how many hours of sleep you lose.
7) Not dumb.
8) You wish ill on speed-readers. On speed-doers too unless they know what they’re doing. No exceptions for speed-readers though.