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Atheists who love Science!

A group for science enthusiasts of all types -- professionals, amateurs, students, anybody who loves science.

Members: 1585
Latest Activity: 14 hours ago

Whether you're a professional, a student, an amateur, an enthusiast, whatever! Lots of atheists love science. Might as well have a group for it!

Feel free to nerd out, link articles, talk about your favorite field of research, whatever!

The icon is from www.wearscience.com.


9/28/2008
I've been super busy with school this semester -- no time for Atheist Nexus, sadly!!
If anyone who's around here a lot wants me to toss them moderation privileges to run this group or anything, just send me (Sara) a message! Thanks!

11/14/2009
Removed ability to send mass messages to everyone in the group. At 1000+ members, that seems like asking for spam.

Offer still open if anyone active in the group wants moderation privileges, but it appears everything has been going smoothly with all kinds of great discussions without moderation. Fantastic! :)

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Comment by tom sarbeck on April 30, 2012 at 2:57am

Joan, TNT666, and anyone else who chooses to read this.

Robert's Rules is the worst book in the English language. Somewhat like the literacy tests that blacks in southern states had to pass before they could vote, the purpose of Robert's Rules is to deny educated people a part in the decision making.

For a vastly easier-to-understand book, many public libraries have the widely-used Sturgis Standard Code.

What entitles me to denounce Robert's Rules? About fifty years of experience with p'tary law, using Robert and other books, and seeing people frustrated by Robert.

You say people should read it before taking part in meetings? Do you require people who want a credit card to take a law school course in contracts?

Comment by Thomas Ledbetter on April 29, 2012 at 10:21pm

Oh yeah ... half hours of fun with this!   http://htwins.net/scale2/

Comment by TNT666 on April 29, 2012 at 7:29pm

They are the two largest unions in Quebec. They wrote their own meeting order books, in some ways similar to RR, in some ways different. I learned how to negotiate group decision-making with those. RR came later in life, and I found it a little weaker, not going into quite enough detail about various possible situations, and leaving some regular situations rather open-ended. I think it has to do with the 'French' obsession about having decisions made in a highly organised manner. :)

Comment by Thomas Ledbetter on April 29, 2012 at 7:21pm

I have not heard of CSN or FTQ, and a google search doesn't help any... do you have any links where I can learn about these?

Comment by TNT666 on April 29, 2012 at 7:08pm

Robert's rule of order, like the CSN code, or FTQ, are the only way to have a decent conversation as a group. I have encountered so many newcomers to group decisions who hated the rules, because they were under the impression that a single person should be allowed to get all the attention and impose their way. How foolish of them. I have seen too many complain about these rules through my many years of community organisation. I tell them... read'em!

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 29, 2012 at 3:39pm

You have? Did it cause you to change anything you do? 

Comment by tom sarbeck on April 29, 2012 at 1:39pm

Joan, it may take a compulsive to know one.

What else but "compulsive" describes a guy who has read Robert's Rules of Order?

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 29, 2012 at 2:17am

Tom, your comment sounds very familiar.

"In your post, I see a desire/need/demand (choose one) that human beings live up to an ideal that may be beyond our capacity."

I do desire, need and demand people live up to my expectations of their  potential. You got me!  I think you even caught the intensity of my scorn when a person or a nation squanders time and effort on trivia or on a nonsense war when there are so many healthy and life affirming things  to be done. I better shut up ... I am revealing what a compulsive person  I am. 

I get your point and agree, demanding evidence does get rid of a lot of foolishness that irritates me. And it makes it easier to free myself from their miserable company. 

Comment by tom sarbeck on April 29, 2012 at 1:26am

Joan, your "...people who want to conserve the status quo and who are unwilling to look at evidence...." can be explained.

Throughout history, people have offered imaginative explanations for events (such as the conspiracy theories we hear daily or more often, and even the claims made by religions). Demanding evidence for their explanations is the fastest way I know to get those people out of my face. My demand angers some of them.

Many of us are busy and don't have time even for theories that seem promising. I noted some years ago that the ways I told people of my need for evidence sounded very much like negative thinking.

If the status quo a scientist enjoys (salary, position, prestige, etc) is a result of work they have done, a demand for evidence is a form of protection for their status quo.

In your post, I see a desire/need/demand (choose one) that human beings live up to an ideal that may be beyond our capacity.

Comment by A Former Member on April 28, 2012 at 9:17pm

Thanks Joan.

 

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