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Pyrrho wrote: Sat Feb 01, 2020 3:56 pm Wow if they're jawboning about SC that says a lot about the state of online skepticism today.
Just by the bye and since I'm here I'll go further on this - I don't think there is a "state of online skepticism" today, unless "does not exist" is a state of existence.

97% of posts at ISF are in the Politics tab and skeptical subjects draw a post or two. And that's in what is still clearly the biggest skeptical forum - about 900 active members. Without the MDC, there's nothing to work with. Outside of ISF there are several small groups of people who have forums in the name of skepticism but which are actually old pals' groups. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Skeptics, like lots of humans, seem to need a leader, and no Randi = no concerted effort.

But when you look at the numbers, it's all pretty obvious. The total number of people who care enough about skepticism to even be on a skeptically-inclined forum is less than a millionth of the number of people who read Farcebook eleventy times a day. And everything on Facebook is true, so who needs skepticism.
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Abdul Alhazred wrote: Sat Feb 01, 2020 7:38 pm Erratum: I meant trigger. :BigGrin3:

But seriously, are you back for real? :)
I just checked and it's definitely me, so I guess so. I come and go at ISF, currently in a "go" phase.

I'll see if there's anything that piques my interest.
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Dr. Matt was only 54 when he passed away.

https://obits.mlive.com/obituaries/anna ... &fhid=5988
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Abdul Alhazred wrote: Sat Feb 01, 2020 7:38 pm But seriously, are you back for real? :)
The Atheist is never really gone
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The Atheist wrote: Sat Feb 01, 2020 7:35 pm Hey, Robbo! Good to see you still around. You were the sock-puppet master as I recall.
Ha! I don't think so. I have an account there but I can't even remember what it is.
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Randi was always the draw, or rather the JREF and million dollar challenge. The usual gang of idiots has no interest, and there is no way to ever explain why this is so.

But smart people figure it out.
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asthmatic camel wrote: Sat Feb 01, 2020 7:53 pm Dr. Matt was only 54 when he passed away.

https://obits.mlive.com/obituaries/anna ... &fhid=5988
Fuck. I was right - I didn't think he was very old. Nice bloke and a genuine talent lost to the world as well.

Double fuck. He would have been one of the last ones I expected.
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Time for you to plunge in.

Got opinions about the Roman Catholic Church? You'll love this one: viewtopic.php?p=924165#p924165 8)

And I'm sure you can find somewhere around here to post your opinions about Trump. :)

Or start a new thread about NZ politics. Too many bloody Australians stinking up the place? :BigGrin3:
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Abdul Alhazred wrote: Sun Feb 02, 2020 1:03 am Time for you to plunge in.

Got opinions about the Roman Catholic Church? You'll love this one: viewtopic.php?p=924165#p924165 8)

And I'm sure you can find somewhere around here to post your opinions about Trump. :)

Or start a new thread about NZ politics. Too many bloody Australians stinking up the place? :BigGrin3:
Too easy:

RCC - nothing new.
Trump - the only opinion I have is that I hope he stays until the end of his first term. I stand to win US$300 if that happens and it's looking pretty good at this stage.
NZ politics are too boring, yet too complicated.

I will have a scout around though.
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The Atheist wrote: Sun Feb 02, 2020 6:20 pm
Abdul Alhazred wrote: Sun Feb 02, 2020 1:03 am Time for you to plunge in.

Got opinions about the Roman Catholic Church? You'll love this one: viewtopic.php?p=924165#p924165 8)

And I'm sure you can find somewhere around here to post your opinions about Trump. :)

Or start a new thread about NZ politics. Too many bloody Australians stinking up the place? :BigGrin3:
Too easy:

RCC - nothing new.
Trump - the only opinion I have is that I hope he stays until the end of his first term. I stand to win US$300 if that happens and it's looking pretty good at this stage.
NZ politics are too boring, yet too complicated.

I will have a scout around though.

I always encourage posts to the "Nyarlathotep Appreciation Thread"
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Good to have you back TA.
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Hey mate! I'm sure I've seen you about somewhere recently...
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I remember your name, and it doesn't feel like 10 years since I last heard it, but I can't remember a set of posts that makes me go "oh yeah, that guy!".

Anyway, it's nice to see a familiar name. :oldman:
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