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Dave W.
Info Junkie

USA
26000 Posts

Posted - 03/20/2010 :  21:17:59  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Poll Question:
To help promote skepticism and critical thinking, you…

Choices:
are an active member of a face-to-face free-thinkers or related society
mock things like the virgin birth at family gatherings, especially during Christmas
wear SFN t-shirts around town
post regularly at SFN and other skeptic sites
post regularly at Christian/conspiracy sites
write "Why not question something for a change?" on public bathroom walls
Friend every prominent skeptic on Facebook, and invite them to play Mafia Wars
blast George Hrab songs on the stereo, with windows wide open
retweet every skeptical message you get
attend skeptical conventions
attend woo conventions and report on them
nothing (you're an "end user")
more than one of the above
other (please explain)

(Anonymous Vote)

- Dave W. (Private Msg, EMail)
Evidently, I rock!
Why not question something for a change?
Visit Dave's Psoriasis Info, too.

Kil
Evil Skeptic

USA
13462 Posts

Posted - 03/20/2010 :  21:26:19   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Kil's Homepage  Send Kil an AOL message  Send Kil a Yahoo! Message Send Kil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
A lot more than one of the above... Including the Facebook/Mafia War answer...



Uncertainty may make you uncomfortable. Certainty makes you ridiculous.

Why not question something for a change?

Genetic Literacy Project
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Dr. Mabuse
Septic Fiend

Sweden
9672 Posts

Posted - 03/23/2010 :  01:46:44   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Send Dr. Mabuse an ICQ Message Send Dr. Mabuse a Private Message  Reply with Quote
More than one of the above:

* wear SFN t-shirts around town
* post regularly at SFN and other skeptic sites
* attend skeptical conventions (does two visits to Dragon*Con count?)

I also try to inject a skeptical view into conversations with co-workers, and other people, when I get the chance. Quoting the subject line of an article in the newspaper is a perfect vehicle to strike up a casual conversation about a subject I feel needs a dose of skeptical thinking. Then I can follow up with "what's up with that? Such a thing is irrational/illogical/ludicrous, and here's why I think it's so...:"


Dr. Mabuse - "When the going gets tough, the tough get Duct-tape..."
Dr. Mabuse whisper.mp3

"Equivocation is not just a job, for a creationist it's a way of life..." Dr. Mabuse

Support American Troops in Iraq:
Send them unarmed civilians for target practice..
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Gorgo
SFN Die Hard

USA
5310 Posts

Posted - 03/23/2010 :  06:55:39   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Gorgo a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I also have a 3 dimensional tattoo of Dave's baby picture on the back of my head.

I know the rent is in arrears
The dog has not been fed in years
It's even worse than it appears
But it's alright-
Jerry Garcia
Robert Hunter



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filthy
SFN Die Hard

USA
14408 Posts

Posted - 03/23/2010 :  07:10:57   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send filthy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
More than one of the above.

But as for posting at Christian/Conspiracy sites, I used to, but now I no longer bother. Conversing with the doubtful of intellect is futile, and I usually end up banned anyway.




"What luck for rulers that men do not think." -- Adolf Hitler (1889 - 1945)

"If only we could impeach on the basis of criminal stupidity, 90% of the Rethuglicans and half of the Democrats would be thrown out of office." ~~ P.Z. Myres


"The default position of human nature is to punch the other guy in the face and take his stuff." ~~ Dude

Brother Boot Knife of Warm Humanitarianism,

and Crypto-Communist!

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Dave W.
Info Junkie

USA
26000 Posts

Posted - 03/23/2010 :  07:14:59   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Gorgo

I also have a 3 dimensional tattoo of Dave's baby picture on the back of my head.
My work here is done.

- Dave W. (Private Msg, EMail)
Evidently, I rock!
Why not question something for a change?
Visit Dave's Psoriasis Info, too.
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the_ignored
SFN Addict

2557 Posts

Posted - 03/23/2010 :  07:16:06   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send the_ignored a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I guess you all know what I do.


>From: enuffenuff@fastmail.fm
(excerpt follows):
> I'm looking to teach these two bastards a lesson they'll never forget.
> Personal visit by mates of mine. No violence, just a wee little chat.
>
> **** has also committed more crimes than you can count with his
> incitement of hatred against a religion. That law came in about 2007
> much to ****'s ignorance. That is fact and his writing will become well
> know as well as him becoming a publicly known icon of hatred.
>
> Good luck with that fuckwit. And Reynold, fucking run, and don't stop.
> Disappear would be best as it was you who dared to attack me on my
> illness knowing nothing of the cause. You disgust me and you are top of
> the list boy. Again, no violence. Just regular reminders of who's there
> and visits to see you are behaving. Nothing scary in reality. But I'd
> still disappear if I was you.

What brought that on? this. Original posting here.

Another example of this guy's lunacy here.
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HalfMooner
Dingaling

Philippines
15831 Posts

Posted - 03/23/2010 :  07:55:20   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send HalfMooner a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by the_ignored

I guess you all know what I do.


I do. Something like this:

But I admit it's fun to watch, as it's the highest-class futility I've ever witnessed.

Biology is just physics that has begun to smell bad.” —HalfMooner
Here's a link to Moonscape News, and one to its Archive.
Edited by - HalfMooner on 03/23/2010 07:56:48
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the_ignored
SFN Addict

2557 Posts

Posted - 03/23/2010 :  07:56:51   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send the_ignored a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I meant other than when I'm talking with you.


>From: enuffenuff@fastmail.fm
(excerpt follows):
> I'm looking to teach these two bastards a lesson they'll never forget.
> Personal visit by mates of mine. No violence, just a wee little chat.
>
> **** has also committed more crimes than you can count with his
> incitement of hatred against a religion. That law came in about 2007
> much to ****'s ignorance. That is fact and his writing will become well
> know as well as him becoming a publicly known icon of hatred.
>
> Good luck with that fuckwit. And Reynold, fucking run, and don't stop.
> Disappear would be best as it was you who dared to attack me on my
> illness knowing nothing of the cause. You disgust me and you are top of
> the list boy. Again, no violence. Just regular reminders of who's there
> and visits to see you are behaving. Nothing scary in reality. But I'd
> still disappear if I was you.

What brought that on? this. Original posting here.

Another example of this guy's lunacy here.
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HalfMooner
Dingaling

Philippines
15831 Posts

Posted - 03/23/2010 :  18:48:07   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send HalfMooner a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by the_ignored

I meant other than when I'm talking with you.


!

Biology is just physics that has begun to smell bad.” —HalfMooner
Here's a link to Moonscape News, and one to its Archive.
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Kil
Evil Skeptic

USA
13462 Posts

Posted - 03/23/2010 :  19:13:59   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Kil's Homepage  Send Kil an AOL message  Send Kil a Yahoo! Message Send Kil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Dave W.

Originally posted by Gorgo

I also have a 3 dimensional tattoo of Dave's baby picture on the back of my head.
My work here is done.

Ha! Darn you. I was drinking a soda when I saw this post. Now I must clean the monitor.


Uncertainty may make you uncomfortable. Certainty makes you ridiculous.

Why not question something for a change?

Genetic Literacy Project
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Dr. Mabuse
Septic Fiend

Sweden
9672 Posts

Posted - 03/24/2010 :  11:05:41   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Send Dr. Mabuse an ICQ Message Send Dr. Mabuse a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Ok, I confess: I do play Mafia Wars in Facebook.

Dr. Mabuse - "When the going gets tough, the tough get Duct-tape..."
Dr. Mabuse whisper.mp3

"Equivocation is not just a job, for a creationist it's a way of life..." Dr. Mabuse

Support American Troops in Iraq:
Send them unarmed civilians for target practice..
Collateralmurder.
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Dave W.
Info Junkie

USA
26000 Posts

Posted - 03/24/2010 :  11:11:13   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Kil

Ha! Darn you. I was drinking a soda when I saw this post. Now I must clean the monitor.
Awesome. So far as I know, this is the first time I've ever been the cause of a spit-take.

My work here really is done.

- Dave W. (Private Msg, EMail)
Evidently, I rock!
Why not question something for a change?
Visit Dave's Psoriasis Info, too.
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ThorGoLucky
Snuggle Wolf

USA
1457 Posts

Posted - 04/08/2010 :  17:22:20   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit ThorGoLucky's Homepage Send ThorGoLucky a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I do my part by creating and hosting snarky yet informative websites.

...well, maybe not so informative in the case of prayerpowder.com
Edited by - ThorGoLucky on 04/08/2010 17:25:31
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dglas
Skeptic Friend

Canada
397 Posts

Posted - 07/17/2010 :  11:50:27   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send dglas a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I write wordy and cryptic diatribes to perturb the unenlightened.

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- dglas (In the hell of 1000 unresolved subplots...)
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The Presupposition of Intrinsic Evil
+ A Self-Justificatory Framework
= The "Heart of Darkness"
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Bob Lloyd
Skeptic Friend

Spain
59 Posts

Posted - 07/29/2010 :  05:20:09   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Bob Lloyd's Homepage Send Bob Lloyd a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I generally spend a lot more time talking to non-skeptics than to skeptics, especially about the plausibility of irrational explanations for things. Most of the time it's about wacky medical therapies but also in the context of food, dietary ideas and allergies. I seem know almost all of the people who suffer from any form of allergy or dietary disorder, if the stats of real incidence are anything to go on. I'm sure most of us could claim the same. A very large proportion of the people I know seems to claim some esoteric allergy or mystifying illness and I spend a lot of time bringing the discussion back down to the real world.

In all cases, I try to draw them towards rationalism rather than heading directly into a confrontation. I used to try the latter approach and although it was entertaining in some cases (at least to me), in others it just leaves them more than ever entrenched in dogmatic refusal to think rationally. So these days I try to pull rather than push.

As I'm older now, I like to think I'm a little more patient than I used to be, though I do object when people expect me to passively accept irrationality. I used to just say nothing until eventually I'd had enough and caused a confrontation. These days I respectfully explain that I can't subscribe to the currently fashionable nonsense and say why.
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