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Evil Skeptic

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Posted - 05/22/2010 :  22:28:29  Show Profile  Visit Kil's Homepage  Send Kil an AOL message  Send Kil a Yahoo! Message Send Kil a Private Message  Reply with Quote

Wow. This news hits hard.

From James Randi's Swift:


Martin Gardner has died. I have dreaded to type those words, and Martin would not have wanted to know that I’m so devastated at what I knew – day to day – had to happen very soon. I’m glad to report that his passing was painless and quick. That man was one of my giants, a very long-time friend of some 50 years or so. He was a delight, a very bright spot in my firmament, one to whom I could always turn to with a question or an idea, with any strange notion I could invent, and with any complaint or comment I could come up with...

All of the years reading his words in Scientific American and Skeptical Inquirer has influenced my thinking a lot. He is one of the people who caused me to start thinking about skepticism in a serious way. And then there are the books. Nope. I didn't always agree with him, but hey... Among skeptics, he was a giant.

RIP Martin Gardner.

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Posted - 05/22/2010 :  22:37:56   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
As with so many others who've gone before, here's to hoping that we're all wrong on the "afterlife" question, and that it's a nice one.

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Posted - 05/23/2010 :  02:56:09   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send HalfMooner a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Martin Gardner has been a part of my life for many, many decades. The man was not only brilliant, but knew how to make others light up as well. He'll be missed.

Biology is just physics that has begun to smell bad.” —HalfMooner
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Snuggle Wolf

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Posted - 05/23/2010 :  21:48:35   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit ThorGoLucky's Homepage Send ThorGoLucky a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I heard of him. Recently the more I learn about him, he rox! ...or roxed (whatever the conjugation is).
Edited by - ThorGoLucky on 05/23/2010 21:49:07
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Posted - 05/25/2010 :  13:05:10   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit The Rat's Homepage Send The Rat a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Feel like I've been kicked in the gut.

Bailey's second law; There is no relationship between the three virtues of intelligence, education, and wisdom.

You fiend! Never have I encountered such corrupt and foul-minded perversity! Have you ever considered a career in the Church? - The Bishop of Bath and Wells, Blackadder II

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