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#135370 - 11/20/04 06:51 PM Well, Looking for a Writer...
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I came across this quotation today:

"If you sincerely desire a truly well-rounded education, you must study the extremists, the obscure and "nutty". You need the balance! Your poor brain is already being impregnated with middle-of-the-road crap, twenty-four hours a day, no matter what. Network TV, newspapers, radio, magazines at the supermarket...even if you never watch, read, listen, or leave your house, even if you are deaf and blind, the telepathic pressure alone of the uncountable normals surrounding you will insure that you are automatically well-grounded in consensus reality."


Rev. Ivan Stang (b.1949)
High Weirdness By Mail, 1988


So, dear readers, who are the extremists who would be good to read today in order to escape the consensus?


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#135371 - 11/20/04 09:48 PM Re: Well, Looking for a Writer...
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in math, this is called the chaos theory--the change happens at the chaotic edges.. not in the solid well formed center...

this is true in the universe, society, and ice packs.. it might well be true in literature.

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#135372 - 11/21/04 04:20 PM Re: Well, Looking for a Writer...
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Here's one Wordwind...

             The Impermissible Thoughts of
________ JAMES P.HOGAN _________
____KICKING THE SACRED COW___
Questioning the Unquestionable
and thinking the Impermissible


******** 2004 $24 US *********

Great read. Mildly put James P. is unconventional.
No! James P. hates convention.

James P. defends Velikovsky.
Finds Global warming a bandwagon plot.
Laughs at the evidence for the Big Bang.
Poo-poos Evoloution.
Makes a case against any AIDS/virus connection.
Declares the Theory of Relativity irrelevant.

And believe it or not, he makes a convincing case for each!

http://www.jamesphogan.com



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#135373 - 11/22/04 09:08 AM Re: Well, Looking for a Writer...
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this is true in the universe, society, and ice packs.. Ice packs! Helen, I love it!


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#135374 - 11/22/04 06:15 PM Re: Well, Looking for a Writer...
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he makes a convincing case for each

Well, you've convinced me. I ain' spending no $24 on this book.


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#135375 - 11/22/04 06:42 PM Re: Well, that's a deep subject...
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JAMES P.HOGAN

I allus thought he was a science-fiction writer...

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#135376 - 11/22/04 07:56 PM Re: Well, Looking for a Writer...
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Faldage: Well, you've convinced me
I ain' spending no $24 on this book.

Etaoin: JAMES P.HOGAN? I allus thought
he was a science-fiction writer...

Milum: Ah, you two. Do you two not realize that your banal clichés are serving the interests of the self-interest consensus?

James P. Hogan: " This book is not concerned with cranks and simple die-hards, who are entitled to their foibles and come as part of life's pattern. Rather, it looks at instances of present day orthodoxies tenaciously defending beliefs in the
face of what would appear to be verified fact and
plain logic, or doggedly closing eyes and minds to
ideas whose time has surely come. In short,
where scientific authority seems to be functioning
more in the role of religion protecting doctrine and putting down heresy than championing the spirit
of free inquiry that science should be.
"

Faldage, you are much the spendthrift, when
James P.'s book achieves paperback status
I'll send you a copy. Free.

Etaoin, so?




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#135377 - 11/22/04 11:16 PM Re: Well, Looking for a Writer...
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>I allus thought he was a science-fiction writer...

...and not a very good one, at that.

edit: Though most of [his readers] either share or accept his right-wing politics, and tolerate his editorial intrusions about personal bette noires like the ecology movement, JPH's extreme awkwardness as a stylist and creator of character has made his [SF] books difficult, at times, actually to read. - John Clute, The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction

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#135378 - 11/23/04 07:05 AM Re: Well, Looking for a Writer...
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instances of present day orthodoxies tenaciously defending beliefs in the face of what would appear to be verified fact

Science is all about overturning received knowledge. If a theory is accepted by the main body of science you best know what you're talking about if you're thinking of overturning it. For someone to be so knowlegeable as to challenge the establishment in so many fields as your Mr. Hogan appears to claim to be, he must be far beyond polymath.


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#135379 - 11/23/04 09:06 AM Re: Well, Looking for a Writer...
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Dang. I always thought he was a great writer. I loved his Gentle Giants series and his Code of the Lifemaker is among my all time favorites.

Unfortunately, it now appears he is a crank. In the case of evolution at least, I think the problem isn't with scientists defending orthodoxy, so much as creationists passing around incorrect information about evolution as if THAT were established fact.

I'm not aware of any facts that disprove evolution. But I know of dozens of false statements that are promoted as facts which claim to disprove it.

Einstein was unorthodox, but while there are cranks who believe he was a fraud, his harshest intellectual critics acknowledged he was brilliant. Two luminaries of QM were discussing the subject of Einstein's criticisms and one asked the other (I believe it was Paul Dirac asking Erwin Schroedinger) whether it was possible that Einstein just didn't understand the theory. Schroedinger's response was immediate and was something along the lines of "There aren't two dozen people on the planet who understand this theory and I'm quite sure Einstein is among them."

Unorthodox, but not a crank. Einstein had demonstrated mastery of the subject matter. He didn't stumble across some QM papers and suddenly proclaim everyone elses work to be stupid.

Richard Feynman was unorthodox, but few people who worked with him doubted his genius (despite his unremarkable score of 125 on a HS IQ test). Even people who hated him thought he was brilliant.

Just because someone is smart, doesn't mean he isn't a crank. A key factor, imo, is whether the person makes absolutely pronouncements, usually denouncements in an area in which he has demonstrated no particular competence.

Contrast these with the creationist cranks. William Dembski is among the new crowd of creationists, called IDers. ID = Intelligent design. These guys spread around misinformation continually as if it were fact - and then don't bother to check up on it. It's mind-boggling really. Dembski is particularly sly. He picks an area of scientific inquiry that is especially opaque to the outsider and supports his theses with legitimate, though obscure, mathematical theorems. Now, these mathematical theorems - called the NFL theorems (NFL = No Free Lunch) are the legitimate product of certified geniuses. Dembski starts out as if he's going to give a mathematical analysis and deduction from the NFLs. Unfortunately, he never gets around to actually proving his case. If he had any sense he'd be embarrassed. David Wolpert, one of the developers of NFL has said that Dembski's theories are "written in Jello." ( check out http:// www.talkreason.org/articles/jello.cfm )

The fact is that Dembski is a moonie who took up science in the first place for the sole purpose not of discovering the truth, but of disproving evolution. Yes, these creatonists are certainly an open-minded lot.

k


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#135380 - 11/23/04 07:36 PM Re: Well, Looking for a Writer...
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Hey Posters. How about before we proceed with our replies to Wordwind's opening question....
So, dear readers, who are the extremists who 
would be good to read today in order to escape
the consensus?

...let us together review the responses she has received both germane and otherwise thus far.

          Germane                     Otherwise

of troy responded with
an obsevation that the
problem was related to
chaos theory.
Themilum kindly suggested
a book by a writer who people
peopled in consensus reality
might think extreme.
Jackie then said that
she loved the wit
of of troy.

Then Faldage said that
he weren't spending no
$24 for that book.


Etaoin: Right-on.
Besides that guy is a
science fiction writer.


And not a very good
one. said tsuwm


Faldage: If a theory
is accepted by the
main body of science
you best know what
you're talking about if
you're thinking of
overturning it.


The FallibleFiend said Dang.
I always thought he
was a great writer.
Unfortunately, it now
appears he is a crank.

Hmm, it seems that the lynch pin mob here guards diligently against heresy...tell you what, Awaders, below is a summary of a news release put out today by the United Nation's World Health Organization on AIDs which is bunk. Read it. I'll be back to debunk it, using only James P. Hogan's words from his book.

Report: Nearly Half of Adults with HIV Are Women

* (Note: My personal comments are in red the green wording is verbatim from Hogan's book.)

Nov 23, 7:38 AM (ET)
By Patricia Reaney

LONDON (Reuters) - Women make up nearly half of the 37.2 million adults living with HIV and in sub-Saharan Africa the proportion rises to almost 60 percent, according
to a UN report released Tuesday.

What blatant spin! Quick - how many women in sub-Saharan Africa have tested positive for HIV?

"Increasingly the face of AIDS is young and female," said Dr Kathleen Cravero, deputy executive director of the
Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).

Science By Press Conference:"A concerted campaign across the schools and campuses was doing its part to terrorize young people over the ravages of teenage AIDS. Again, figures tell a different story. The number of cases in New York City reported by the CDC for ages 13-19 from 1981 to the end of 1992 were 872. When homosexuals, intravenous drug users, and hemophiliacs are eliminated, the number left not involving these risks (or admitting to them) reduces to a grand total of 16 in an eleven year period. (Yes, 16. You did read that right.)

In every region of the globe, the number of women infected with the deadly virus has risen during the past two years. East Asia had the highest jump with 56 percent, followed
by Eastern Europe and Central Asia with 48 percent.

" A simular deception was practiced in Canada,
whose population is around 40 million. In 1995, a total of 1,410 adult AIDS cases were reported, 1,295 (91.8%)
and 115 (8.2%) females. The next year showed a startling decrease in new cases to 792, consisting of 707 males (89.8 %) and 85 females (10.8%). So the number of female cases actually decreased by 26% from 1995 to 1996. Yet, even though the actual number decreased, because the percentage increased from 8.2% to 10.8% the Bureau of HIV/AIDS issued the ominous warning that AIDS cases among Canadian women in 1996 had dramatically increased."


In sub-Saharan Africa, three-quarters of all 15-24 year olds living with HIV are female.

In sub-Sahara Africa most 15-24 year olds are females because of the genocidal wars that have decimated the young male population. The young females, those lucky enough to reach the 15-24 age bracket that WHO wants to resist sex or to ask politely their husband or their partner-of-choice for him or her to please use a condom, are starving, drinking contaminated water, or are victimized by tzetze flies; all of which crashes the immune system and will there-by ping positive on the WHO test for HIV. What a travesty and waste.

"Young women are almost an endangered species in southern Africa from AIDS for several reasons," Cravero told Reuters.

Many women have no access to education or jobs. They are often economically dependent on men and may not have the power to resist sex or ask their husband or partner to use a condom.

"In some places, the main HIV risk factor for a woman is the fact that she is faithful to a husband with previous or current sex partners," the report said.

What? Is "the report" advocating unfaithfulness? In SOME places? What about other places? God help us.

Teenage girls are acquiring the virus at a younger age and from older men. Violence against women also makes them more vulnerable to infection.

What? Is WHO saying that old African men are savages. What a Victorian thought. But yes I agree, violence against women might also be a bad thing if it causes AIDS.
Geez!


CHANGING EPIDEMICS

The annual report by UNAIDS and the World Health Organization (WHO), released ahead of World AIDS Day on December 1, shows the number of adults and children living with HIV reached its highest level ever in 2004 with an estimated 39.4 million, compared to about 36.6 million two years ago.

Over 3 million people died of the illness this year.

New infections climbed by nearly 50 percent since 2002 in East Asia, mainly because of growing epidemics in China, Indonesia and Vietnam.

In Eastern Europe and Central Asia, there has been a 40 percent jump in the past two years, fueled by the growing number of infections in the Russian Federation and Ukraine.
But in sub-Saharan Africa, where 25.4 million people are infected with the virus, is the worst affected region of the world. The epidemic appears to have stabilized in the region, which means an equal number of people are being newly infected with and dying of AIDS.

"According to Dr. Harvey Bialy, an American with long experience in Africa, because of the international funds poured into AIDS and HIV work, 'It has become a joke in Uganda that you are not allowed to die of anything but AIDS....A friend has just been run over by a truck; doctors put it down as a AIDS related suicide.".

Unlike the cases in New York and San Francisco, the conditions that are reported as AIDS in Africa affect both sexes equally, which should be an immediate indicator that we are not talking about the same thing. This is hardly surprising, since "AIDS" in Africa is accorded a different definition. The unifying factor that makes all of the 30-odd disparate indicator diseases "AIDS" in the West is testing positive for antibodies claimed to be specific to HIV. But in Africa no such test is neccessary."


"When UNAIDS annouces that 14 million Africans are AID victims that doesn't mean that there are 14 million bodies that have been counted, but that the computers in Geneva have run a model between positive test results and AIDS and extrapolated the results to the entire continent. Thus in 1984 the WHO reported 1 million cases of "HIV disease" in Uganda. Yet ten years later the cumulative number of AID cases actually reported was 55,000. No one knew what had happened to the other 945,000."

"In the countries of southern Africa, overall, there is a 25 percent prevalence rate," said Cravero.

Sixty-four percent of all HIV positive people worldwide and 76 percent of all women with the virus are in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Caribbean, with an average adult HIV prevalence rate of 2.3 percent, is the second most affected region in the world.

"The epidemic is obviously still ahead of us because we are seeing 39.4 million people (living with HIV)," Cravero said.

"For example, statistics for new AIDS cases were always quoted as culmative figures that could only get bigger, contrasting with the normal practice with other diseases reporting annual figures, where any decline is clear at a glance. And ddespite the media's ongoing stridency about an epidemic out of control, the actual figures from the Centers for Disease Control for every category, were declining, and had been since a peak in 1988. This was masked by repeated redefinitions to cover more diseases, so that what wasn't AIDS one day became AIDS the next, causing more cases to be diagnosed. This happened five times from 1982 to 1993, with the result that the first nine months of 1993 showed as an overall rise of 5 percent what would otherwise - i.e., by the 1992 definition - have been a 33 percent drop."

Although spending to battle HIV/AIDS has almost tripled from $2.1 billion in 2001 to $6.1 billion this year, less than one in five people in low and middle-income countries has access to HIV prevention services.

As many as 6 million people need HIV treatment.

"Universal access to treatment for everyone who needs it is a goal and it is a legitimate goal that everyone can push for," Cravero added.

The WHO has launched a "3 by 5" program to get three million people on treatment by the end of 2005. An estimated 440,000 people in the developing world had access to life-prolonging antiretroviral drugs by June 2004.

"We are working with the WHO to go for that goal with as much gusto as we can possibly get," she added.

Yeah, Cravero, you do that - take the gusto and let the cash go. Those caught in the impetus of the 10 billion bucks HIV/AIDS industry may continue to rationalize, even celebrate, their role and involvement in a worldwide urban myth. But as for most of the rest of us their phoney crusade of paternalistic do-gooding is a crime against nature, reality, and truth and science and God.

May God help them. And us.

_______________________________________________________________


Docs Worry AIDS Drug Use May Be Halted
Saturday, December 18, 2004



"It's an issue affecting people's lives. A lot of damage has already been done and we need to do damage control," Onyango said.

Dr. Francis Miiro, a key researcher, dismissed concerns about the testing as discrimination against African scientists and insisted the drug works safely.

In South Africa, the Treatment Action Campaign, which lobbied for access to anti-retroviral drugs in that country, warned that reopening debate about the Uganda study could frighten patients off their treatment, even though subsequent research has confirmed nevirapine is safe and effective.

"I don't see a problem with nevirapine at all," said the group's leader, Zackie Achmat, who found out he was HIV-positive in 1990. "I use it twice daily."

Doctors working in the public health system, which serves the vast majority of South Africans, have privately expressed fears they will be pressured to stop using single-dose nevirapine for pregnant women before alternatives are available.

"I'm of the view that we should use nevirapine till a better situation can be created," said Dr. Ashraf Coovadia, head of the pediatric HIV clinic at Johannesburg's Coronation Mother and Child Hospital. "To halt the program would cause damage to what we have already achieved."

Comment on radio talks shows in South Africa following publication of the AP stories in the local press have included worries that authorities will pull the drug.

President Thabo Mbeki's government has been criticized for its sluggish response to the AIDS crisis. Until this year, it refused to provide anti-retrovirals through the public health system, citing safety and cost concerns.

In July, a South African regulator recommended a halt to the single-dose nevirapine regime for pregnant women, saying a "cocktail" of drugs should be used instead even though such drugs are expensive and available mostly in the United States and other wealthy nations.

On Wednesday, the Health Department said U.S. concerns about the quality of nevirapine research in Uganda supported its cautious attitude to the drug and it was reviewing its guidelines on mother-to-child HIV transmission.

A spokesman, Sibani Mngadi, said the drug is still distributed by hospitals for now.

"It is part of a public health program which cannot be stopped just because this research is continuing," Mngadi said.

Studies show that a single dose of nevirapine to an infected woman during labor and another dose to her newborn baby can reduce the chances of HIV transmission by up to 50 percent.

Nevirapine can cause rashes, liver toxicity and even death in some patients who use the drug on a daily basis to treat HIV, but no serious reactions have been reported after a single dose.

But a South African study found that 39 percent of HIV-infected women who get a single dose of nevirapine go on to harbor virus that is resistant to the drug.

In Uganda, the official in charge of community health services said the issue had become a political one in the country, often praised for its efforts to stop the spread of AIDS.

"The issue is highly contentious, that's why some people don't want to be quoted," Dr. Sam Okware said. "It's been going on for two and a half years."

In a letter obtained by AP, U.S. health officials told Uganda's government in July 2002 that the research had violated federal patient safety rules. The memos show U.S. officials knew about the problems as early as January 2002, but chose not to tell President Bush before he authorized shipping the drug to Africa later as part of a $500 million initiative.


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#135381 - 11/23/04 08:34 PM Re: Well, Looking for a Writer...
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OK, If that's the way you wanna be, try Earl Doherty:

http://pages.ca.inter.net/~oblio/home.htm


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#135382 - 11/24/04 07:53 AM Re: Well, Looking for a Writer...
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Excellent! On topic large, Faldage! I just knew that you could be nudged in the right direction no matter your motive.
Here...let me blow you a little ~~~~~~~~~< (kiss). Thanks.


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#135383 - 11/24/04 07:56 AM Re: Well, Looking for a Writer...
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What does all this have to do with words, Milo? Just asking...


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#135384 - 11/24/04 08:30 AM If there is a lynch mob,
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I am not among them. I was directly responding to a statement by someone else to the effect that Hogan was not a very good writer.

While I can't judge whether he is a good writer, I don't know of any better judge than myself of whether I enjoy his writing, which I do immensely regardless of whether he is a crank.

I know lots of people who are brilliant in some thing, but hold completely idiotic views in other areas.

My best friend where I work is a fellow who despises dogs. He can't stand them and will kick them if they jump on him or lick him. This puts us a little at odds , because I've always been a dog lover and recently got a Jack Russell for the kids. It turns out that it was my friend's grandfathers JR who turned him against all dogs. Now I also know that he is a really, REALLY smart guy - at least as far as programming is concerned. I don't view him this way myself, but in the small community in which he known, he is concerned to be something of a programming god by other people many of whom themselves are considered exceptionally intelligent and godlike in their programming abilities. He also has many other fine qualities, BUT he HATES reading. Can't stand it. Makes his eyes and head hurt. It's boring. Refers to bookstores as 'places of evil.' He has a number of other strange qualities that I won't go into.

Now, he's a smart guy and I admire him for his virtues, but he has some really strange weirdness goin' on. He'll be at my house tomorrow with his girlfriend for thanksgiving and it will be one long argument between him and my oldest daughter about the wickedness of reading.

Being intelligent is unfortunately insufficient for preventing one from believing in very foolish things.

k



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#135385 - 11/24/04 08:54 AM Re: reading and comp 1A
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I swore I wouldn't get pulled into this, but I, as everybody else on board, have no impulse control. I don't think anybody can prove a connection between one's politics / ideology / bêtes noires and one's ability to write: e.g., Hitler and Celine were both right-wing whackjobs, the former couldn't write and the latter couldn't do much else. (To allay anybody's fears that I'm picking on right-wing bottom feeders, the same can be said for say Joe Stalin and Dashiell Hammett.) Also, while a nicely written book is a joy to read, sometimes I plow through a book because of its content / subject matter / theme.

Standard disclaimer: I tried to read a Hogan novel a decade or so back but never finished it because I wasn't enjoying reading it. At this point I can't even remember its title, but it had a bluish cover.


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#135386 - 11/24/04 09:03 AM Re: If there is a lynch mob,
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Lynch Mob? Sorry Fallible, sometimes I can't resist a little play on words even if it distorts what I was saying.
Forgive me, I didn't mean to demean anyone on this board...see what I mean?

lynchpin: noun, a central cohesive source of support and stability.

See Annastrophic, the above is what these posting have to do with words.
(Come to think of it everything written has to do with words.)

Think nice words,
Milo.


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#135387 - 11/24/04 09:04 AM Re: reading and comp 1A
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I was only saying that I wasn't aware that he dabbled in non-fiction... like a good boy, I will spend some time perusing his site, and his arguments...

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#135388 - 11/24/04 09:04 AM Re: Well, Looking for a Writer...
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Regarding Earl Doherty,

Very interesting site. Lotta stuff there that's new to me.

I think, yes, this is the kind of inquiry that ought to have been made a long time ago. Although I don't consider myself sufficiently knowledgeable in the area, it does seem curious (but unsurprising) that some of what we assume to be historical fact is questionable.

Anyway, thanks for the reference,
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#135389 - 11/24/04 09:15 AM Re: reading and comp 1A
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I quoted Clute's take on JPH because when I looked in the EoSF to see what they said about Hogan, Clute captured exactly my reaction to him: his characters are approximately one-dimentional and his stories lack any spark. I don't fault the science in his SF, but that alone doesn't do it for me.


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#135390 - 11/27/04 10:33 AM Re: reading and comp 1A
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tsuwm: his characters are approximately one-dimentional and his stories lack any spark.

Yeah, tsuwm, I checked out the book MARTIAN KNIGHTLIFE from the library partly because of the scantily clad female on the cover and partly because I was curious to see what James P. Hogan's science fiction was like. Now due to jheem and your pans I can't bring myself to read it. Thanks.

But I feel a kinship with this man, particularly with the thoughts behind this quote...

" Every human society possesses its own cultural myths that help hold it together. Darwinian fixations on competitions notwithstanding, humans are at heart a cooperative animal, and a commonly shared structure of beliefs in fundamental truths provides the social glue that binds a culture. The beliefs don't have to be true to be effective. Every culture believes itself to be unique in that its own beliefs are true, of course, and it appears that ours is little different. Well, yes, we do claim to be different in that we attempt to check out what we believe against reality. But as we have seen, [In his book] it turns out to be all-too-easy to proclaim the verdict as being what we "know" it ought to be, or would have it be, rather than what reality actually says, laying the idealized scientific paradigm open to the charge that some cynics have made of Christianity and socialism: A good idea: somebody should try it sometime." ______________________JAMES P HOGAN

Now Faldage, tsuwm, jheem, Fallable, of troy, etaoin, WW, AnnaStrop, Jackie, and anyone else interested in the subject; if you have any disagreement with Hogan's statement above , please let us try to resolve it now so that we can then proceed in concert with this important discussion.



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#135391 - 11/27/04 10:52 AM Re: reading and comp 1A
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>I can't bring myself to read it.

well, if you actually want to read some SF by JPH, try Inherit the Stars (1977), written before he got all cranky.


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#135392 - 11/27/04 10:55 AM Re: reading and comp 1A
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Now due to jheem and your pans I can't bring myself to read it.

I seriously doubt that my opinion could sway anybody so easily. So, please don't blame me.


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#135393 - 11/27/04 11:22 AM Re: reading and comp 1A
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any disagreement with Hogan's statement above

Not so sure I would disagree with anything he said in the quoted
statement. Was it supposed to be a declaration of the irrelevancy
of evolution?

As for tsuwm or jheem turning you off from reading Hogan sci-fi, I
should think you'd relish the opportunity to prove them wrong, at
least to your own satisfaction.

It'd also be nice if whoever widened out this thread would figure
it out and do whatever is necessary to narrow it back down.


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#135394 - 11/27/04 12:02 PM Presumptuousness
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" Every human society possesses its own cultural myths that help hold it together. This assumes that *culture is something that one can or even should measure or define. It also seems to imply that myth is stronger than reality... I'm not sure I agree... but let us continue... Darwinian fixations on competitions notwithstanding, humans are at heart a cooperative animal, and a commonly shared structure of beliefs in fundamental truths provides the social glue that binds a culture. It gives rise to a definition of "a culture", it doesn't necessarilly "bind" people together. Those "notwithstanding competitions" are said to have the same effect. It's quite self serving, in this case, to leave them standing outside... all alone. The beliefs don't have to be true to be effective. Yeah, guns don't kill people, people kill people. Every culture believes itself to be unique in that its own beliefs are true, of course, and it appears that ours is little different. Different? Yes. But not unique and certainly not bound by beliefs. Well, yes, we do claim to be different in that we attempt to check out what we believe against reality. Even if this were true, it certainly wouldn't make us different. But as we have seen, [In his book] it turns out to be all-too-easy to proclaim the verdict as being what we "know" it ought to be, or would have it be, rather than what reality actually says, laying the idealized scientific paradigm open to the charge that some cynics have made of Christianity and socialism: A good idea: somebody should try it sometime." I'd thought Gandhi said that about "civilization", not those specific forms.


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#135395 - 11/27/04 07:04 PM Re: Well, Looking for a Writer...
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For an author list of poets and writers of an alternative kind: Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Jack Kerouac, Richard Brautigan, Ken Kesey, Jerzy Kosinski, Ishmail Kadare, George Orwell, Ray Bradbury, Aldous Huxley, Rebecca West (travel author), Kahlil Gilbran, Hunter S. Thompson, J D Saliger, Carl Sandburg, Basho, Saki, Mark Twain. These authors are not necessarily writing today, but their ideas are still relevant to our lives as history repeats itself. Choosing an author from another culture is usually a breath of fresh air as well - quite far away from the mainstream/globalized culture one is exposed to daily in countries like the United States. Hope this helps.


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#135396 - 11/28/04 06:53 AM Re: Well, Looking for a Writer...
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Drat,Faldage, it was I that made the screen go
wwwwwwwwwwwiiiiiiiiiddddddddddddeeeeeeeee
I think. I never could get those ]pre[ tags to work
right. Once I wrote a sentence seventeen yards long
on a single line trying to get recognized in the
Guiness Book of World Records. They laughed. Some
computer geek had programed his computer to write a sentence that could reach to the moon.

But no, James P. Hogan didn't write that paragraph
with regard to evolution, rather, it was more or less
his overview of the state of things.
And oh yeah, if you see tsuwm tell him I took his
advice and will borrow "Inherit the Stars" from the Library
whether it has a scantily-clad human female on the cover
or not. I certainly don't want to read anything
written by anyone who is "cranky", except those occasional
posts sometimes written by you Faldage
and they are usually short.

Now I go to fix the wideness of my posts so to fit even the most narrow of minds.





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#135397 - 11/28/04 07:24 AM Re: Well, Looking for a Writer...
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Welcome, Anonymous, I must say that's quite an array of authors that you offer this morn; and let it be known that any friend of Nicholas Nickleby is a friend of mine. But I must admit to some concern...no...some fear that you are either an astute hacker or a ghost.

Personally I think you are Mark Twain. He is just the sort who would shamelessly promote his own books after his own death.

Welcome!





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#135398 - 11/28/04 07:35 AM Re: Well, Looking for a Writer...
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Uh, Musick I'm having a strange computer problem -
my internet connection to Awad is somehow chopping up my posts. (?)
I will respond to your well made points after I get this little technicality cleared up.
- Milum.


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#135399 - 11/29/04 03:19 AM Re: Well, Looking for a Writer...
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To hell with logic and reasoning, Musick, let's me and you play a mind game.
Fine, I suspected that you would cooperate if I put my words into your mouth, so let's begin...

Indian tribes are neat little units of culture.
Most American indian tribes are kinda like the Jews
in that their name for themselves is "the chosen ones" or,
simply, "the people". As we would expect, each tribe of "chosen ones" has evolved distinctive traits,
skills, and customs that serve to re-enforce the
idea of their own uniqueness among mankind,
sometimes to extent of denying manhood to all other
tribes and considering them as we consider dangerous
animals - sometimes killing them for sport and food.

Now here is the thought experiment: consider the
individual indians in a tribe as individuals cells in a human body,
each a part of a organized whole working towards the continuation of the larger unit, i.e., the tribal body.
The social machineries in place either allow or disallow
the tribe to continue to exist through time by virtue
of the aptness of their particular construction.

A single indian, like a single cell, can not continue through time.
So why not consider each tribe an entity within itself, after all that is what we do when we consider
the "I" in a collection of cells that is ourselves.

After intergrating this collection of thoughts
and after some practice at referring to indian tribes
as, for example, Mister Cherokee and Mister Choctaw,
you will then find the answer to your own questions.







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#135400 - 11/29/04 09:09 AM Re: reading and comp 1A
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"humans are at heart a cooperative animal"

I generally resist the temptation to ascribe a single character or impulse to humanity to the exclusion of the contrary character which we also possess. Humans are social and individualistic, rational and irrational, wise as well as foolish.

k



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#135401 - 11/29/04 12:09 PM I had only one *question...
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...and I looked that up meself. Gandhi's comment was about the "Western" form.

To hell with logic and reasoning.

As FF seemed to clarify (thank you), an individual establishes their *cultural uniqueness if you consider the whole *person. Tis only when some parts are ignored or others put under a "magnifying glass" does one focus on how he is the same. A big enough magnifying glass, and we find we are all the same.

So why not consider each tribe an entity within itself, after all that is what we do when we consider
the "I" in a collection of cells that is ourselves.


Well I guess I have no doubt that "cultural myths" help hold *societies together... a bit like it's saying "it's good that they all speak *that* language so we can call them the "that language speakers".

That magnifying glass is too large...

... or, is it too small?

No need to answer that... unless you bring logic and reasoning back.


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#135402 - 11/29/04 04:09 PM Re: reading and comp 1A
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Humans are social and individualistic, rational and irrational, wise as well as foolish.

Ah yes, Fallible, all too true. But I would think it
a breach of protocol to insinuate that the
people of this board needed to be reminded
of the bad side of mankind each time I mentioned the good.

And you?




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#135403 - 11/29/04 04:31 PM Re: reading and comp 1A
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There's a protocol?

k




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#135404 - 11/29/04 05:07 PM Re: I had only one *question...
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No need to answer that... unless you bring logic and reasoning back.

When pigs fly, Musick! Tools - that is the sum of logic and reasoning -
only one thing matters and it matters absolute; Truth.
If you were of a different mind-set at the moment
I would expose logic and reasoning for what they really are...
(Oh what the hell, I'll do so anyway, what do I care if I
preach to a void.)

People accept or reject new ideas based on how close
the new ideas are to the system of beliefs
that they currently hold.

Race doesn't matter, Religion doesn't matter,
nothing matters much but the congruence of beliefs.

But for an epiphany you'll need an authority figure to
bring about your transformation.

And if your authority figure is logic and reason,
then Musick - good music - your fate is a circle.





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#135405 - 11/30/04 08:40 PM Symbiotic Synchronistics
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But, fate *is a circle... as are *beliefs.

Independence and interdependence may be primary forces which drive culture, but even if they are working at opposite sides of the globe they both focus on the *roots of dependence.

As the individual's survival drives one to seek social acceptance and the individual's actions drive the definitions of society, chaos (creativities) and structure (theories) are only at odds when an individual chooses to focus on them seperately.

The question may not be "was it the chicken or the egg which came first" but, possibly "what do you want to eat"... yet I still feel, ocassionally, enough *nourishment comes from the sounds of silence.


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#135406 - 11/30/04 10:07 PM Re: Symbiotic Synchronistics
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"... yet I still feel, ocassionally, enough *nourishment comes from the sounds of silence"

Right on, soul bro, far out.

Uh, say Musick, I was just wondering...by all things sacred to Peter, Paul, and Mary,
just what the garfunkel does
"nourishment comes from the sounds of silence" mean?


Peace.

And why are you peppering your posts with
those little ( * ) that denote footnotes
when you don't have any footnotes?


Make sense, not war! Peace.


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#135407 - 12/01/04 05:35 AM Re: Symbiotic Synchronistics
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They indicate footnotes when used as postpositions; when used as prepositions they indicate emphasis.


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#135408 - 12/01/04 07:44 AM Re: Symbiotic Synchronistics
Anonymous
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Who says? (lESS ABRUPT) WHO MADE UP THIS RULE
AND DIDN'T TELL ME. IT IS A SILLY CONVENTION.
AND WHY ARE WE WHISPERING?

_____________________________________ MILUM.



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#135409 - 12/01/04 03:31 PM To eat or not to eat.
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Uh, say Musick, I was just wondering...by all things sacred to Peter, Paul, and Mary, just what the garfunkel does "nourishment comes from the sounds of silence" mean?

*Nothing is sacred.

OK, since you asked. It means: "Chaos can be blissful if you just “let it be”, man."

And why are you peppering your posts with those little ( * ) that denote footnotes when you don't have any footnotes?

See, this is the whole *issue, ain't it? I thought it was salting them... melting the ice hard form of specific meanings *certain words have. The use I intend (Sorry, Faldage) is to point out... oh, this is much easier...

http://wordsmith.org/board/showthreaded.pl?Cat=&Board=announcements&Number=132316

... it's your *basic culture building exercize.


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#135410 - 12/01/04 10:12 PM Re: Symbiotic Synchronistics
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[white]WHISPERING[/white]

Ain' no rule. It's a convention.


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#135411 - 12/03/04 05:28 PM Re: Symbiotic Synchronistics
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"Ain' no rule. It's a convention."

Maybe you didn't notice, Faldage, we, the party of
truth and consequences, have our own
convention.

If you and tsuwm and your gang - Musick, can
play fast and furious with the King's own punctuations,
well then, so can we. Watch me now...

(Paul Violi's poem, reproduced below,
inspired my invention of the punctuation mark -> i <-.)

APPEAL TO
THE GRAMMARIANS


We the naturally hopeful,
Need a simple sign
For the myriad ways we're capsized.
We who love precise language
Need a finer way to convey
Disappointment and perplexity.
For speechlessness and all its infections,
For up-ended expectations,
For every time we're ambushed
By trivial or stupefying irony,
For pure incredulity, we need
The inverted exclamation point.
For the dropped smile, the limp handshake,
For whomever has just unwrapped a dumb gift
Or taken the first sip of a flat beer,
Or felt love or pond ice
Give way underfoot, we deserve it.
We need it for the air pocket, the scratched shot,
The child whose ball doesn't bounce back,
The flat tire at journey's outset;
The odyssey that ends up in Weehawken.
But mainly because I need it - here and now
As I sit outside the Caffe Reggio
Staring at my espresso and cannoli
After this middle aged couple
Came strolling by and he suddenly
Veered and sneezed all over my table
And she said to him, "See,that's why
I don't like to eat outside."



...and so that is why I invented the upside down
exclamation point - " i " for the computer keyboard.
I hope people don't confuse it with the small case i
that is almost identical.





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#135412 - 12/03/04 07:26 PM Re: Symbiotic Synchronistics
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the upside down exclamation point

¡Qué chiste!

And as for conventions, you may use them or not use them, but you may wish to recognize them when used by others. It's always better to understand than it is not to understand.




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#135413 - 12/03/04 08:35 PM Re: Symbiotic Synchronistics
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¡Mi chiste!

I swear, Dear Faldage, your spry sense of humor is only
exceeded by your studied penchant to pontificate.




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#135414 - 12/04/04 10:45 AM We have a King? Why didn't someone tell me?
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If you and tsuwm and your gang - Musick, can play fast and furious with the King's own punctuations...

Does this make me the whole gang?

...Or taken the first sip of a flat beer,
Or felt love or pond ice
Give way underfoot, we deserve it.


Talk about fast and furious! Connecting these 3 things with one "punctuaticon" seems rather brutal.


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#135415 - 12/06/04 08:33 AM Yes,we have a King and his name is Anu.
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"one thing follows another.."
But not always.

See tsuwm, I can't be punised. Anyone can post here without portfolio, even me. - Milum.




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#135416 - 12/06/04 11:50 AM Re: Yes,we have a King and his name is Anu.
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>I can't be punised.

nice cross-threaded non sequitor, Stranger.


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#135417 - 12/07/04 10:26 PM Dare I?
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No, I daren't.


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#135418 - 12/08/04 05:47 PM Re: Dare I?
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Is no one curious?
Who is Username And why doesn't she daren't?

My guess is that she is Jackie.
Why?
Well, Jackie is the only woman with access to the internal machineries of Awad.

Well then, how do I know that she is a woman?
That's easy - no man would dare say "daren't".





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#135419 - 12/08/04 09:32 PM Re: Dare I?
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'Twas not I. I will say here that I have been very puzzled as to how an unregistered person can post. I thought it was one of the rules that you had to.


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#135420 - 12/08/04 10:25 PM Re: Dare I?
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and it should be noted that "username" duly registered that ID and is, appropriately, a "stranger"; it is "anonymous" (hi Milo) who seems to have discovered a new feature.

[being "unregistered" may have happened in all innocence, but one does wonder why someone would *try to re-register with the name "anonymous"..]

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#135421 - 12/11/04 12:13 AM Re: Dare I?
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Well if all else fails let's try logic.

Who is the mystery poster "Anonymous" who has the ability to post "Unregistered" with impunity, and who is well read in eclectic books that "jump-start" the complacent mind?
Mmmm...

Nobody but The Great Anu. The Anu who is the keeper of the keys. The Great Anu who at will descends from the hieghts of Mount Aloofity to walk again among the minions (not millions) who dwell in a hopeless everday squable of pomp and routine.
Yeah, it must be The Grand Anu...or else some fifteen year old kid who can bluff with the best of 'em and gets his kicks by exposing the pretense of his betters and elders.

Whew! That solved, let us determine just who is "username" and why doesn't she darest...

Now think for a minute...who among us has ample terse wit as well as ample skills of mechanical manipulation?

Is zat you,
Consuelo?

Sometimes I amaze myself. -


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#135422 - 12/18/04 11:27 AM The Politics of Aids, anyone?
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        In rational  societies, time is the friend of truth.
or
Kooks prove the rule, while pundits fiddle.


(See top of page two on Aids and this time read it)





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#135423 - 12/18/04 03:36 PM Re: The Politics of Aids, anyone?
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See top of page two on Aids and this time read it

What page two on Aids? He's got about forty-leven pages on Aids there. Give us a link.


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#135424 - 12/19/04 05:48 AM Re: The Politics of Aids, anyone?
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I'm sorry. Here is the link...

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,141863,00.html

But mind you, Faldage, the AP article is written in a straightforward manner.
James P. Hogan's research and insight into the politics of AIDS Management gone amuck gives backdrop to the story.


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#135425 - 12/19/04 06:33 AM Re: The Politics of Aids, anyone?
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foxnews?

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#135426 - 12/19/04 08:47 AM Re: The Politics of Aids, anyone?
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Now, now, etaoin, foxnews yes!
Remember the operative premise of this thread.

Besides, the Associated Press throws a hissy fit if the ramble rousers over at Fox gets caught altering their multiculturalistic prose carefully written by their own fine cadre of the Politically Correct.

And yes, if you can't find fault with the message,
find fault with he who bears the message.


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#135427 - 12/20/04 05:32 AM Re: The Politics of rapant crap
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sorry, smileys notwithstanding, I don't believe any of the shit that fox peddles.

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#135428 - 12/20/04 06:38 AM Re: The Politics of rapant crap
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Sure etaoin, good manners notwithstanding, the point I made was apolitical - The Associated Press released the story, Foxnews simply copied it. I confess that I suspected the term "Foxnews" would not delight. Smiley withstanding.


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#135429 - 12/20/04 06:58 AM Re: The Politics of rapant crap
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I'm waiting for the Weekly World News to cover it.


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#135430 - 12/20/04 07:37 AM Re: The Politics of rapant crap
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Foxnews simply copied it

how do we know that? do you have a more reliable source with the same story?

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#135431 - 12/20/04 06:09 PM Google on nevirapine
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#135432 - 12/20/04 07:41 PM Re: Google on nevirapine
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#135433 - 12/30/04 02:42 PM Re: Dare I?
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No.


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#135434 - 03/26/05 07:50 AM Re: Well, Looking for a Writer...
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Terry Pratchett - a good writer with a wonderful commmand of the English language and a biting, hilarious wit. He also likes to prod our prejudices and comfy beliefs. Highly recommended. Tim Cahill (travel writer - sorta). Try "A Wolverine is Eating my Leg", or "Jaguars Ripped my Flesh". Or how about "The Alphabet Versus the Goddess" by Leonard Shlain?


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#135435 - 03/26/05 07:58 AM Finding fault with the messengeryone?
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That would be "find fault with him who bears the message", not "he".
Sheesh!
I wouldn't normally do this, but your post was an invitation to find fault......



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#135436 - 03/30/05 09:49 PM Re: Finding fault with the messengeryone?
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Walt Whitman's "Leaves of Grass" especially Song of the Open Road.

Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay On Self-Reliance.

>“Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist” – Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1882<


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#135437 - 04/07/05 06:36 PM Re: Well, Looking for a Writer...
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Dear Anastrophic,

You plainted, “What does all this have to do with words, Milo? Just asking...”

Well if you say, write, or sign something you are using words after all! But the title of this forum is the following:

Looking for (writers, speakers, ...)

I’m guessing that few of the participants in all these fora are mute, so they are certainly almost all speakers. Also in some sense participants can write (or at least type). And, since they must do so to participate, it would seem that the aim implied by the title can be easily fulfilled—just sign up virtually any one of us!

But it isn’t that simple is it? The Chief One is looking for calls for those who would and preferably can as well perform these functions in a professional way perhaps even (gasp!) for filthy lucre. But what if anything do most of the posts so far concern? I aver that most of them have absolutely nothing to do with its announced purpose, yours included dear Ana!

I see exactly one post that actually fits the avouched purpose of this forum, viz.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS for Publication of "Jaisini G

An early example of writings he is looking for would be I believe, “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” I hope he is putting us on.

My post to our esteemed leader Anu Garg and the one from the purveyor of bawdy language are in fact only indirectly on point. We are a speaker and a writer respectively volunteering to be called upon. What the forum’s purpose was however was:

A place to post calls for writers, speaker requests, and the like.

In fact I find it extremely ironic that having been counseled as a newbie to eschew all political and religious topics, I should find long contributions on AIDs and Creationism (anti-Creationism actually). Really! You actually want to talk about something interesting! How dare you!

So why don’t you take all that political and religious material to the “Miscellany” forum or petition for fora on politics, religion, science, and health? But, if you really want to limit this collection of fora to a discussion of words, I have good news! ALL of these subjects use words occasionally to advance their ends! Who woulda thunk it?

Some of the contributions in the thread labeled “Well, Looking for a Writer...” indirectly indirectly address calls for good writers and speakers of the serious sort in the sense that they critique the competence of a writer. That in fact provoked the interesting, but according to some verboten, disquisitions on subjects political and religiously relevant (if not precisely religious).

So my conclusion is that the wannabe callees have overwhelmed the callers of worthy writers and speakers.

Given the jocular nature of the first caller and the general improbability of postings from callers, do you think that this has all been a gigantic IQ test by the Great Anubis, which all of you BTW flunked?!?

BraverLad

P.S. The moderator (who must stand continually amazed at his own moderation!) stated in the thread entitled “New forum” the following:

Often I receive requests from editors, event hosts, researchers, and others who are looking for writers, speakers, interview subjects, etc. They are welcome to post their messages here. No spam, please. If the post is genuine and relevant, it's more likely to be well-received by the members of this community.



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#135438 - 04/08/05 01:02 AM Re: Symbiotic Synchronistics
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Dear themilum,

You wrote, "For pure incredulity, we need the inverted exclamation point."

Ever hear of the 'interrobang' a combination of the exclamation and the question mark?

BraveLad


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#135439 - 04/08/05 01:20 AM Re: Well, Looking for a Writer...
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Dear Faldage,

You wrote, "Science is all about overturning received knowledge."

Au contraire Aged Fald (a title of respect)! The mark of true science is that each sucessive theory refines the previous one, not overturns it. Physics which is a true experimental science works by such a process.

BraveLad


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#135440 - 04/08/05 06:10 AM Refinery
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I'm with Faldage. It doesn't refine a theory to prove it wrong, it overturns it. Science is rife with examples - like the French astronomer who was called to a village to examine a rock which the ignorant peasants said had fallen from the sky. He explained carefully to them that this was not possible, because there are no rocks in the sky.
I think that's been overturned lately - can't see how it could have been refined....




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#135441 - 04/08/05 11:04 AM Eppur si muove!
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Not to mention Galileo.


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#135442 - 04/08/05 11:58 AM Re: Refinery
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Dear Elizabeth,

You wrote, "I'm with Faldage. It doesn't refine a theory to prove it wrong, it overturns it."

Let me clarify. I am not referring to the type of knowledge that is very concrete, such as the rocks in my head or in the sky. I am referring to the grand principles of events such as Newton's Laws of Motion. Einstein's Special Relativity modified these, 'refined' them if you will in the sense that in the ordinary case the predicted behaviors closely approximate each other.

Particular facts are like the leaves on a tree. They shake even in a gentle breeze that doesn't even make the trunk tremble. It is to such principles that correspond to the trunk of the tree of knowledge to which I am referring when I claim that refinement is a better description than revolution for real sciences. Most people BTW are not acquainted with such principles, so they will not easily appreciate my point.

My background is in Physics, Math, and Philosophy with a current career serving the Financial Industry with financial software.

Having been involved in technical fields, except for a brief stint in the military, I would occasionally grow discouraged at the dizzying pace of innovation and the difficulty of keeping up with it. Then I realized that the basic principles of the fields in which I was engaged for a living did not in fact change nearly as quickly over time. In fact they were either slowly added to or refined.

In Mathematics for instance, you do not see the sort of wholesale 'overturning' of which you speak, once at least it had become established on an axiomatic foundation. Physics is a distant second as to certainty compared to Physics.

Only in the past few years have I begun to grasp similarly axiomatic foundations of religion and politics. In the case of politics, I reinvented 'deontic logic' when attempting to describe the relationship between 'duty' and 'right.' Deontic logics are varieties of modal logic. In the religious instance, the axioms are those which make the 'Ontological Argument' work.

If Engineering principles changed as radically a the sort of particular 'facts' to which you refer do, then buildings and bridges would be falling down in ordinary circumstances with much greater frequency than they in fact do. But what we see are structural failures in extreme conditions if the engineers and contractors are following those principles. Good thing for us that in so many 'practical' areas that basic principles are more reliable in 'hard' than in 'soft' fields!

BraveLad



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#135443 - 04/08/05 04:31 PM Re: Refinery
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I'm not sure. Depends partly on what one means by 'modern science.' Caloric theory and Bode's Law have been debunked, but were legitimate science with evidence to support them.

I think the problem with the characterization isn't whether science can overturn old ideas. Whether we view it as an overturning or a refinement seems a semantic argument to me. The thing is that even when science has overturned old ideas, that hasn't been its goal. There's nothing in science that says, "Everybody's too comfortable, we have to switch things around a little." Rather, things have had to change (overturn or refine, I dont' care which phrase is used) because while the existing theory seems to explain X and Y very well, it's a little weak on Z.

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#135444 - 04/08/05 09:01 PM Re: Well, Looking for a Writer...
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You wrote, "Science is all about overturning received knowledge."

Au contraire Aged Fald (a title of respect)! The mark of true science is that each sucessive theory refines the previous one, not overturns it.


Yes, and I went on to say, "If a theory is accepted by the main body of science you best know what you're talking about if you're thinking of overturning it."

And, while Fald and age are the lexemes in question, the latter has nothing at all to do with senectitude, irregardless of whether or not I am or am not a geezer or not.




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#135445 - 07/25/05 08:33 AM Re: Well, Looking for a Writer...
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hi. looking for writers, not to sure whats it about, could you please give me some information. ania [ireland]


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#135446 - 09/21/05 12:00 AM Re: Well, Looking for a Writer...
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I am the best known of Financial Astrologers, and have written a financial newsletter for 28 years, with one of the finest written records.
On CNBC fincl TV 4-5 times a year, also speak at fincl conferences.


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#135447 - 03/15/06 09:50 AM Re: Well, Looking for a Writer...
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And the best writers, such as Steinbeck in Of Mice and Men, never are echoed by real life stories that make the same point, which are considered too bizarre or abnormal. Why?

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#135448 - 03/15/06 08:30 PM Re: Well, Looking for a Writer...
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Tell you what, Anonymous--you tell me who you are in a way I can verify, and tell how you got on here without registering, and I'll give you an answer.

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#135449 - 05/16/06 03:17 PM Re: reading and comp 1A
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A. was thinking Nietzsche or Dostoyevsky, but Mein Kampf probably is pretty extreme. Did not get through this whole string so sorry if anyone pitched either already.
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#135450 - 05/16/06 03:29 PM Re: reading and comp 1A
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Quote:

"humans are at heart a cooperative animal"<br><br>I generally resist the temptation to ascribe a single character or impulse to humanity to the exclusion of the contrary character which we also possess. Humans are social and individualistic, rational and irrational, wise as well as foolish.<br><br>k<br><br><br>



And don't forget misanthropic (at least one of them)!
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#135451 - 05/19/06 08:25 PM Re: reading and comp 1A
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bump

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#135452 - 05/20/06 06:56 AM Shocking, I tell ya
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Whatcha doin', Padre?

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#135453 - 05/20/06 12:04 PM Re: Well, Looking for a Writer...
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Quote:

Tell you what, Anonymous--you tell me who you are in a way I can verify, and tell how you got on here without registering, and I'll give you an answer.




Alex speaking here...

A registered user can post a reply without logging on (or at least I am about to find out once I click on the "Ok, submit" button), so it follows that someone who has never bothered to register at all could also post anonymously.

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#135454 - 05/20/06 12:18 PM Re: Well, Looking for a Writer...
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wow.

this is etaoin, and it's true!


so, who the hell is Jeff Paul?

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#135455 - 05/21/06 03:29 AM Re: Well, Looking for a Writer...
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This is etaoin, and it's true!

So, who the hell is Jeff Paul?






Well, I am, or was, the "hell" that was Jeff Paul.
But then, on the other hand, if I am Anonymous, I can be anybody.

Can't I?

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#135456 - 05/21/06 06:16 AM Re: Well, Looking for a Writer...
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heh,

well, I just keep seeing google ads for Jeff Paul...
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#135457 - 05/21/06 10:26 AM Re: Shocking, I tell ya
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Whatcha doin', Padre?

Noting the resurrection of a thread long (and happily) expired.

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#135458 - 05/22/06 02:20 PM Re: Shocking Resurrection
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Should we try to guess which one?
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