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At 5:52pm on March 30, 2009, David A Owens said…
Thanks for the remarks, Casey. I've posted a bit lengthier bit about myself this afternoon.
At 10:40am on March 30, 2009, David A Owens said…
Finally ! ! Another Pipe Smoker . My wife calls me "stinky" hehehe.
First group I've joined in years, but I have discovered a rather interesting lot of Free Thinkers.
Thanks for your page view.
Dave
At 8:12am on March 6, 2009, A Former Member said…
Thanks for the add, Casey.
At 2:45pm on February 21, 2009, Tao Jones said…
Upon further reflection, perhaps what revolutionaries and the successful comedians share is vision.
At 2:40pm on February 21, 2009, Tao Jones said…
Exactly. And I don't care who started the war, we're going to finish it. We don't have any other choice.

Military historian and strategist BH Liddell Hart said, "the object of war is to secure a better peace." This is the measuring stick all actions must be weighed against. If violence, even of the non-metaphorical variety, satisfies this criteria, it must be considered an option. If it does not, we are merely stroking our own egos.

That is not to say that we all should follow a formal strategic plan. Sometimes chaos can lead to the confusion that can bring about a paradigm shift. But again, there is a difference between cacophony and noise.

Your example of atheist comedians is very appropriate. I would say that George Carlin has done far more for atheism than the RRS ever could.
At 10:28am on February 21, 2009, Tao Jones said…
Thank you for your very kind words about my video. It was a lot of fun to make and I think it shows.

It's so curious how one little mosquito bite can change a person. She's had more of a lasting impact on me than some of my exes! Glad to meet someone who has experienced something similar. Those of us with such intimate experiences with bugs can appreciate that atheism is an emotional choice, as well as a logical one.

You're right, of course, choosing between the "friendly" approach and the "assertive" approach is a false dichotomy. We would be wise to "speak softly and carry a big stick" as the saying goes. I think the danger is in confusing ridicule (or friendliness for that matter) as a strategy rather than a tactic. To me it seems groups like the Rapid Response Squad are satisfied with ridicule as an ends, rather than a means.

Violence for the sake of violence can bring about rebellion, but never revolution.
At 7:39pm on February 20, 2009, Leslee Love said…
Ahhhh, not the books!! :)
He's quite fun! Alas, he is giving up the position, so some guy named Matt Smith will be the new Doctor...not sure how I feel about that!! But, I'm glad you've joined the group--it's fun!
At 1:02am on February 16, 2009, Leslee Love said…
Love Doctor Who...Love it!! And you should pick up some of the DVD's...They are awesome!! Tennant is my fave...so geeky!!
Thanx for joining TARDIS!!! I'm sure it would still hold the same sway you felt as a child...same doctor goodness...same evil daleky menace-ness!!
At 6:34pm on February 15, 2009, Tao Jones said…
Yeah. I find AN interesting because it allows our differences to shine through. It's unfortunate when those differences are expressed in unwelcoming ways. Anyway, welcome. :)
At 5:45pm on February 15, 2009, Leslee Love said…
I love the smell of burnt paper...ah, fire!
At 5:38pm on February 15, 2009, Tao Jones said…
Awesome picture. Had I not read the below I would have assumed a different statement as it looks like you're reading the burning book... as if others (those who typically burn books) are trying to destroy the knowledge you seek.

Anyway, nothing wrong with burning your own books. How else are you going to light your pipe?
At 4:09pm on February 15, 2009, Casey Wollberg said…
"Never said you were stupid. Said the act was. There's a difference there."

Yes, you are correct, but the difference doesn't make it any less hostile. Of course, I'm not one to complain about hostility. That's your department. My advice to you is "do unto others..." and so forth.
At 4:03pm on February 15, 2009, Dr. Terence Meaden said…
Welcome and thanks for joining the group "Origins".
Visit often and enjoy good friendship.
At 3:40pm on February 15, 2009, Casey Wollberg said…
"You got really hostile."

For the record, Patch, you did begin the conversation by calling me stupid. That was pretty hostile, from my perspective.
At 3:39pm on February 15, 2009, Patch said…
Never said you were stupid. Said the act was. There's a difference there.
At 3:28pm on February 15, 2009, Casey Wollberg said…
Patch, thank you for attempting to defend my poor, defenseless books from me. Perhaps we should lobby for a new governmental department to officially seize all books from potentially negligent or abusive owners. Maybe you think convicted book-abusers should be banned from libraries, too. How far down the rabbit-hole would you like to go?
At 3:24pm on February 15, 2009, Patch said…
You got really hostile. Don't think I'm gonna continue the convorsation. ;)
At 1:55pm on February 15, 2009, Patch said…
Yeah. I think both are. I would say that burning a bible is as wrong tho simply because of the fact that there are so many more of them. But I still think, if you're not going to use it, or don't want it around, just give it to someone else who would appreciate it.
At 1:46pm on February 15, 2009, Casey Wollberg said…
"Book burning is stupid." Really? Is this a reasonable statement?
At 1:33pm on February 15, 2009, Patch said…
Awww, why burn it tho? Just prove it's all a story and leave it be. Book burning is stupid.

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