Argh. Its really good I wasn’t born a fish. I’d be dinner since I find rising to the bait irresistible. It seems that Crazywumbat the concern troll is concerned.
Since I’m the one who used gobbledy gook first I thought I might comment.
Well a few things. First of all, for the people baffled by this, terms such as “crock of manure,” “gobbeldy gook,” and “hogwash” do little to contribute to your understanding or anyone elses. Instead of jumping on the “I hate what I don’t have the understanding for” bandwagon, pick up a book and have at it.
For starters, I’m not baffled. There was a total lack of clarity in the introduction. And it didn’t get better as the podcast went on. One of my favorite things about language are some of the shorthand expressions that we use. Simple. Declarative. Pithy. Easily understood by all. I’m a particular fan of Yiddish for just that reason.
When I said gobbledy gook, everyone with English as a first language understood what I meant. They may not have agreed, but my opinion was clear.
… pick up a book and have at it…. So on that note, I’d be really interested to engage in an actual discussion of the contents of the podcast.
Pick up a book? Back at you. You made no argument that added to the discourse. And then you had the nerve to task those you dismissed to do it for you.
Secondly, most of you are admitting you fall under the “new atheist” heading.
So? That implies?
I have a very different take away from the types of posters. I think is fair to say that many (or even most) were new posters. Folks like me who look forward to POI, who don’t normally participate in the online discourse and were motivated to say “Hey, what? Huh?”
For what its worth, I’ve never been sure what the “new” part of the moniker means, but I’m an atheist (about a 6.3). The kind that sees that the god hypothesis has failed based ever expanding evidence. Simply that. Someone who believes that god lived and died is clearly a theist. With a twist perhaps, but still a theist.
And that’s an argument that some other posters made quite well. If you are going to go far afield from topics of interest to people who look to foster a secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values then do it in a way that is accessible to the audience.
Concern troll is a schnook.