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  1. scorpiomover
    08-27-2015 01:43 PM
    I agree with both statements.

    It's amazing what I've discovered about the world from history. Painted a completely different perspective of things, and made events make much more sense to me.

    For instance, Richard the Lionheart did not speak English well. For the 10 years he was king, he spent only 6 months in England. He had his heart buried at Rouen in Normandy, his entrails in Châlus (where he died), and the rest of his body at the feet of his father at Fontevraud Abbey in Anjou. So he probably wasn't really a fan of England. So much for Robin Hood keeping England safe from King John until King Richard returned to rule England.

    I also agree that it's really hard to find an unbiased viewpoint. I knew that people used to say that history is his story. The older I've gotten, the more that I thought was trustworthy, wasn't. The more I learn, the more I see truth as questionable, and see more and more validity in pragmatism.

    How about you?
  2. scorpiomover
    08-27-2015 12:43 PM
    Thanks. I appreciate the heads-up.

    FYI, I grew up thinking that the church was opposing science in the Galileo affair, and that everyone in the Medieval world believed that the world was flat, and that it was Christopher Columbus who discovered that the Earth was round. My science teachers didn't correct me on those views. Even my religious teachers never corrected me on them. Up until my late 30s, I thought that was the case.

    I only started down this road, when I joined an internet forum about 10 years ago, and on one discussion, a Catholic posted that they were wrong, and pointed me in the direction of a couple of links. That set me off. The more I dug, the more I found out about it, until I had ended up completely reversing my position on both.

    The Horror channel have been showing a lot of old Doctor Who episodes in the last few months. I'm a big fan of the old Doctor Who. So I watched them. In one episode, which I distinctly remember watching as a child, the Doctor (played by Tom Baker) said that people then believed that the world was flat. I realised that I had a lot of respect for Doctor Who, and it was probably programmes like this that formed part of my reasons for believing in these ideas.

    I have felt very embarrassed to think that I had been so easily hoodwinked. But then, no-one ever contradicted me on it, even though I and my friends discussed science often. So I gather that it's not just you and I that were given an erroneous impression. It's made me realise that I can't really trust anything that I thought I could be sure of, and have to be sceptical of everything that seems to be rational, because I could be being hoodwinked on those things as well.

    So take heart. You're not the only one who had to have a re-think on this. I did too.
  3. PunkinA
    08-25-2015 09:31 AM
    I don't know if any label has completely stuck yet. If I had my choice I'd like to be called a Morlock.
  4. PunkinA
    08-25-2015 09:18 AM
    PunkinA commented on Evidence and World Views
    By the way, I don't consider myself a postmodernist. I'd like to affiliate myself with what comes after postmodernism, but I'm not sure anyone will recognize that here.
  5. Visum
    07-10-2015 12:57 PM
  6. Visum
    07-10-2015 12:44 PM
    Visum commented on Pornography may not actually be addictive
    You are on the edge with that post and I don't appreciate it. My family was broke apart from "it" when I was a child.
  7. Madden
    07-09-2015 06:17 PM
    I'll take a look at it, clockie...I think I may have responded earlier in the discussion, but I'll need to catch up, see what's been said.
  8. Chaotic Enigma
    07-09-2015 09:03 AM
    Chaotic Enigma
    Makes sense. Thanks!
  9. Stek
    07-09-2015 06:17 AM
    I agree
  10. Stek
    07-09-2015 06:01 AM
    Stek commented on Problem w/ Secular Argument Against Fine-Tuning
    It's nice that we can finally agree on something
  11. Chaotic Enigma
    07-09-2015 05:07 AM
    Chaotic Enigma
  12. Chaotic Enigma
    07-08-2015 04:21 PM
    Chaotic Enigma
    Because of the way the numbers are ordered. I sometime don't look at the number, I just look at the position of the arrows. So it it pointed where the 6 would be, I'd think it's saying 3.
    A cockpit clock? Interesting. Why did it have 24h and not just the simply 12h?
  13. Chaotic Enigma
    07-08-2015 04:00 PM
    Chaotic Enigma
    Interesting profile pic by the way :D I'd want a clock like that. It would always be messing with my mind though xD
  14. Chaotic Enigma
    07-08-2015 03:52 PM
    Chaotic Enigma
    who doesn't? :P That's why I liked it. A little mental slap now and then doesn't do us harm!
  15. Chaotic Enigma
    07-08-2015 03:25 PM
    Chaotic Enigma commented on You think you're reasoning right?
    Welcome to the club! *hands you a summer cocktail* :P But did you have more than 1 hypothesis or did you just go straight on with doubling like me?
  16. Monte314
    Very interesting thread.
  17. Monte314
    07-07-2015 03:59 PM
    Monte314 commented on Was Slavery Always Wrong?
    Ha! Ha! This is great!
  18. Monte314
    07-07-2015 01:41 PM
    Monte314 commented on Postmodernism and narratives
    Yes! I am continually amazed that people think the "truth" we can't know also can't exist.
  19. Stek
    06-30-2015 08:59 AM
    I am not interested in moving the discussion to our profiles.
  20. Stek
    06-30-2015 08:50 AM
    Stek commented on Morality and Objectivity
    Hey man, I'm done. I cannot argue with you because I don't approve of your way arguing. This has happened too many times, and there is no point dragging it on any longer. You did present your position, and some arguments to back up that position. I showed how those arguments were invalid, and you did not defend them. For all intents and purposes, the argument can end here.

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