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Posted: 02 August 2007 05:49 PM   [ Ignore ]
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my rule is that if i can find it in the library i should check it out. otherwise i will buy it. i am a huge fan of science, rational thinking, skepticism, etc.

im from texas. born in mississippi. i really want a flying spaghetti monster car emblem [if anyone wants to buy me one I will accept wink  ]. my daughter turns three in exactly one week and she is already a science fan too. she got started by looking at pictures in Sagan books. she tells me she is going to take me and the rest of the family to the moon. she also tells me she has “big muscles.”

politically, im a huge chomsky fan. im also interested in libertarian socialism, anarchism, etc. people generally have knee-jerk reactions to those terms but usually when exposed to more of it they see that they relate more strongly to it than they though.

im waiting on 11 books i bought through amazon. i cant wait to read them. right now im reading philip pullmans dark material series (im on book two, the subtle knife). its been years since i read fiction. im kinda liking this!

anyway, ive been here for a bit and have messaged around alot. thought it was time i properly introduced myself

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Posted: 02 August 2007 05:55 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I’d say welcome, but that would be like me welcoming my next door neighbor to the neighborhood even though he’s been there for thirty years.  LOL

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Posted: 02 August 2007 10:26 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Yep, it’s a bit after-the-fact, but welcome to the forum.

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Posted: 03 August 2007 09:05 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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you guys are the bestest!

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Posted: 03 August 2007 06:12 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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grin Hello and goodbye just in case you mess up and get banned into cyberspace where you will have to wander forever unless you trip on a star and fall into a black hole or the ops snatch you. In case you find your self at odds with Doug remember Dog loves you and if you go to the Church of Dog on google groups and ask Dog to unforgive you of your sins your chances are slim to zero you make it to the great dog house in the sky. But Doug is a pretty good fellow so you have to really mess up good before he boots you out. Just be polite, don’t call anyone any names you would not call your worst enemy and remember if the subject is apples in a barrel don’t replace them with oranges in a barrel and always remember; never, never talk back to Doug as he has a direct phone line to Dog and you you don’t want to ever get in trouble with Dog by dog or you might find yourself barking up the wrong tree and Dog hates whiners and people who digs up his bones. So with those warnings welcome to Center of Inquiry where your input is important to us all. Why? Don’t ask me I just post here.

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Posted: 03 August 2007 07:48 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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You are thoroughly confused, Holely Goat.  One can have a wide variety of opinions and argue for his/her positions strongly.  There have been times when truthaddict and I agreed, times when we disagreed strongly, times when he caught a mistake I made, but he has always been rational and good humored.  He’s certainly not in danger of being banned.

The only times one gets banned is when the person consistently insults others, goes off into flights of fantasy, and/or has some personal agenda that s/he insists on inserting into every post s/he makes.  And this is after, first, gentle suggestions, then gentle warnings both in PMs, then, public warnings.  If the person can clean up his/her act, s/he is free to continue posting. 

We never ban anyone because they disagree with any or all of us, but only if we see that their posting behavior is likely to drive away other members and to damage the forum.

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Posted: 04 August 2007 01:46 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Welcome Truthaddict.  My problem is that I live in such a conservative area, that is hard to find books on Humanism, books by Kurtz, Price, etc etc even in the public library.  If I want to read them, I have to buy them.

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Posted: 04 August 2007 05:32 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Mriana - 04 August 2007 01:46 PM

Welcome Truthaddict.  My problem is that I live in such a conservative area, that is hard to find books on Humanism, books by Kurtz, Price, etc etc even in the public library.  If I want to read them, I have to buy them.

Do your local libraries not order books on request?

Ours do, I find it hard to imagine a library not offering that type of service.

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Posted: 04 August 2007 06:52 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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truthaddict - 02 August 2007 05:49 PM

im waiting on 11 books i bought through amazon. i cant wait to read them.

I hear ya! I visit amazon everyday. My wishlist is through the roof. (If only I could read fast.)

Anyways…. Welcome!

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Posted: 06 August 2007 08:53 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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well its good to find a forum that isnt nothing but flame wars!

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Posted: 06 August 2007 09:51 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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truthaddict - 06 August 2007 08:53 AM

well its good to find a forum that isnt nothing but flame wars!

Thanks, yes, this is what we’re trying to achieve.

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Posted: 06 August 2007 11:59 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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doug,

two days after I posted this you referenced the On Bullshit book. That was one of the eleven books I bought.

This is the list of what I purchased:

- Life in the Universe by Bennett, Jeffrey; Shostak, Seth
-Sharing the Universe: Perspectives on Extraterrestrial Life by Shostak, Seth
- The Theory of Everything: The Origin and Fate of the Universe by Hawking, Stephen
- On Bullshit by Frankfurt, Harry
- On Truth by Frankfurt, Harry
- The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God by Carl Sagan
- Natural Selection and Social Theory: Selected Papers of Robert Trivers
- Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution by Neil Degrasse Tyson
- From So Simple a Beginning: Darwin’s Four Great Books (Voyage of the Beagle, The Origin of Species, The Descent of Man, The Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals) by Charles Darwin [I bought it for the Ed Wilson introductions]
- Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology by David Graeber
- Interventions by Noam Chomsky

Books Im about to purchase:

- Quantum: A Guide for the Perplexed by Jim Al-Khalili
- Waging Peace: The Art of War for the Antiwar Movement by Scott Ritter
- Rare Earth: Why Complex Life Is Uncommon in the Universe by Peter Ward
- The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster by (Saint) Bobby Henderson
- Possibilities: Essays on Hierarchy, Rebellion, and Desire by David Graeber

DVD:

- Contact [I want to use the beginning to help explain to my three year old that we live on “Earf.” She keeps wanting to see “Earf” through the telescope I got her for her birthday and Im having trouble getting her to understand that we live on “Earf.” So I figure the beginning will help me do that!]

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Posted: 06 August 2007 01:30 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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Mriana - 04 August 2007 01:46 PM

Welcome Truthaddict.  My problem is that I live in such a conservative area, that is hard to find books on Humanism, books by Kurtz, Price, etc etc even in the public library.  If I want to read them, I have to buy them.

Do your local libraries not order books on request?

Ours do, I find it hard to imagine a library not offering that type of service.

Believe it or not, this area has corn cobs up their butts.  If it’s not in their system (which the ones I want generally aren’t) they won’t go out of their way to get it.  They frowned when I tried to ask for the DVD “The God Who Was Not there” with Robert Price and alike.  They didn’t have it, so when it was not in the system, the response was, “No, we don’t have it.”  No offer to get it and when asked the answer was, “Probably not.”  You see, I’m in the Belt Buckle of the Bible Belt.  If I want anything that is Humanist, I have to buy it or I won’t get to see it.

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Posted: 06 August 2007 05:45 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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It just struck me, Mriana, that here in Southern California, we have local library districts, but we also have a county library system, and a state library system.  A few times when the book I wanted wasn’t available locally, I had to fill out a request form and pay a small fee to have the book sent from the county or state system.  You may want to check to see if anything like that is available in your state.  Oh, our local library also has reciprocal agreements with other nearby districts so we can get books from them, too.  You may want to see it that’s available.

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Posted: 06 August 2007 07:53 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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Books Im about to purchase:

Um…you didn’t include The Secretwink

I read On Bullshit. I totally don’t remember anything significant, though. It was such a quick read, I guess I didn’t absorb anything.

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Posted: 07 August 2007 09:04 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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im about to look up ‘the secret’ now…

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