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This forum is useless

 
 
DrewDad
 
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Reply Wed 7 Jul, 2010 07:44 am
@Intrepid,
Nah. A2K definitely improves the final product. I think it adds tartness.
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joefromchicago
 
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Reply Wed 7 Jul, 2010 08:32 am
@GoshisDead,
GoshisDead wrote:

Oh so dissed now, I am one of the non-stellar mediocre transfers. I believe a good cry is in order.

http://www.billjerome.com/tedknight/pics/caddy2.jpg
"Well, the world needs ditch diggers, too."
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Gargamel
 
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Reply Wed 7 Jul, 2010 09:36 am
Clearly Alan never encountered one of my topics: http://able2know.org/topic/145413-1
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farmerman
 
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Reply Wed 7 Jul, 2010 09:46 am
One thing I noticed among the initial Philosophy people was a clear humor challenge.These pweople wqere like an oil painting . Seems that those that have chosen to remain are those who not so afflicted and , mayhaps, those that are a weee bit more creative?
dlowan
 
  1  
Reply Wed 7 Jul, 2010 10:33 am
@farmerman,
farmerman wrote:

One thing I noticed among the initial Philosophy people was a clear humor challenge.These pweople wqere like an oil painting . Seems that those that have chosen to remain are those who not so afflicted and , mayhaps, those that are a weee bit more creative?


My impression also.
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djjd62
 
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Reply Wed 7 Jul, 2010 10:37 am
@farmerman,
yep, a mighty serious lot
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Specter
 
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Reply Wed 7 Jul, 2010 10:38 am
@joefromchicago,
joefromchicago wrote:

I don't know very much about the general level of philosophical discourse on the old forum, but I haven't been overly impressed with the PhilForum folks who have chosen to post here. A few very bright individuals, some not very bright at all, and a lot in between -- probably the same ratio that we had posting in philosophy threads here at A2K before the merger. Maybe all the great PhilForum mega-brains never made the transition or have already left, but I sincerely doubt it. So don't kid yourself: you didn't raise the level of philosophical discussion when you arrived and your departure won't leave us any worse off.


Well, kind and pretentious sir, I don't know what has given you the brass to lift yourself above any other poster. I've read your profile statement and it seemed little more than a self-loving, incoherent blather. That seen, it is no surprise that your post, which I have quoted, bares little more than the weight of an egotistical rant; only in this case, you simply put OTHERS down instead. Also, it seems that you have not really run into a true PhilForum poster. If you had, you would surely balk at wholly discrediting their intelligence and motives. I've also seen the topics you have supplied this forum; most of them dealing with movies, pop culture, and personal rhetoric. So, before you seek to destroy someone's credibility, just remember that it is posters like you that quickly disenchant ex-PhilForum members like me.

I loved the PhilForum because people couldn't just spit out nonsensical topics like "Vacuum Cleaners" that Joefromchicago seems perfectly content with posting. It seems that one must seek out discussions of meaning here, and attempt to sweep away the crusty bits of ridiculous and uninformative information that ends up in these forums. I will, however, not be quieted. I will continue to seek out scraps of brilliance here. I am certain that greater minds are here, and I look forward to carrying on discussions of SOME importance with them.
Good day, Joefromchicago
djjd62
 
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Reply Wed 7 Jul, 2010 10:44 am
@Specter,
Specter wrote:
I loved the PhilForum because people couldn't just spit out nonsensical topics like "Vacuum Cleaners" that Joefromchicago seems perfectly content with posting.


don't philosophers use vacuums?

how do you clean your carpets?

i bet i use my vacuum about as much as i contemplate the meaning of life, once a week or so

plus, there can be a philosophical side to vacuuming, is it ethical to kill dust bunnies?

and another thing, how did i miss JfromC's vacuum thread, must go look that up
Shapeless
 
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Reply Wed 7 Jul, 2010 10:48 am
@Specter,
I was about to make a comment about the current philosophical discussion on whether humans would understand the language of lions, if lions could talk... but it's not worth it.
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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Wed 7 Jul, 2010 10:48 am
@Specter,
Specter wrote:
I am certain that greater minds are here, and I look forward to carrying on discussions of SOME importance with them.


Like counting how many pop culture threads they start and trying to establish intelligence based on that? If so, they probably don't.
Specter
 
  1  
Reply Wed 7 Jul, 2010 10:52 am
@djjd62,
haha, very good. if you can extrapolate some greater meaning to vacuum cleaners, go right ahead. Smile
Francis
 
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Reply Wed 7 Jul, 2010 10:55 am
@Specter,
As a matter of extrapolation, I bet that dj's powerful vacuum cleaner is infinitely less powerful than the verbal vacuity of some other posters..
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Specter
 
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Reply Wed 7 Jul, 2010 10:57 am
@Robert Gentel,
Robert Gentel wrote:


Like counting how many pop culture threads they start and trying to establish intelligence based on that? If so, they probably don't.


You missed my meaning. I was simply underscoring the fact that people post uninformative and unimaginative topics on this site. the only way to judge people on a site such as this is by what they say, so in a crude way, it does matter what sort of posts they make. though the content isn't as relevant, the manner by which the discussion is perused is indicative of intelligence. If joefromchicago says that all philforum members are idiots, and i say the same thing back about A2K members, i wouldn't expect anyone to count me as an intelligent person.
Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Wed 7 Jul, 2010 11:00 am
@Specter,
Specter wrote:
You missed my meaning. I was simply underscoring the fact that people post uninformative and unimaginative topics on this site.


Uninformative and unimaginative is in the eye of the beholder. Joe has provided plenty more informative posts than you have.

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If joefromchicago says that all philforum members are idiots....


He did no such thing, he said some were smart, some were dumb and a lot were in between, just like a2k. Some, clearly, lack decent reading comprehension skills.

Quote:
...and i say the same thing back about A2K members, i wouldn't expect anyone to count me as an intelligent person.


It's good to have reasonable expectations.
joefromchicago
 
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Reply Wed 7 Jul, 2010 11:09 am
@Specter,
Specter wrote:
Well, kind and pretentious sir, I don't know what has given you the brass to lift yourself above any other poster.

I'm better looking.

Specter wrote:
I've read your profile statement and it seemed little more than a self-loving, incoherent blather.

Well, I wouldn't call it incoherent.

Specter wrote:
That seen, it is no surprise that your post, which I have quoted, bares little more than the weight of an egotistical rant; only in this case, you simply put OTHERS down instead.

I have been advised not to bare my weight around strangers. Complaints from the neighbors and all. You understand.

Specter wrote:
Also, it seems that you have not really run into a true PhilForum poster.

Ah, the old "No True Scotsman" fallacy. I'm surprised you'd need someone like me to teach you about that, but I'm glad to oblige.

Specter wrote:
If you had, you would surely balk at wholly discrediting their intelligence and motives.

I haven't discredited anyone. I happen to like the majority of the folks from the PhilForum (about you, on the other hand, I haven't formed an opinion yet). I just don't overestimate their collective brain power, and you're not doing a very good job of changing my estimate.

Specter wrote:
I've also seen the topics you have supplied this forum; most of them dealing with movies, pop culture, and personal rhetoric. So, before you seek to destroy someone's credibility, just remember that it is posters like you that quickly disenchant ex-PhilForum members like me.

This is a big forum, and you don't have to participate in any of my movie, pop culture, and personal rhetoric (whatever that is) threads. If you did, though, I'm sure you'd learn a thing or two.

Specter wrote:
I loved the PhilForum because people couldn't just spit out nonsensical topics like "Vacuum Cleaners" that Joefromchicago seems perfectly content with posting.

If one wants to talk about vacuum cleaners, then I can think of no better place to do it than on a vacuum cleaner thread. Are you suggesting that I talk about vacuum cleaners on a Wittgenstein thread instead?

That reminds me, I have to update that thread.

Specter wrote:
It seems that one must seek out discussions of meaning here, and attempt to sweep away the crusty bits of ridiculous and uninformative information that ends up in these forums. I will, however, not be quieted. I will continue to seek out scraps of brilliance here. I am certain that greater minds are here, and I look forward to carrying on discussions of SOME importance with them.

Who's stopping you?

Specter wrote:
Good day, Joefromchicago

It has been so far.
Specter
 
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Reply Wed 7 Jul, 2010 11:12 am
@Robert Gentel,
In the first place, I wasn't making my own case, I was defending McDougall, as joefromchicago insinuated that he hadn't any special level of intelligence "you didn't raise the level of philosophical discussion when you arrived and your departure won't leave us any worse off." also, i felt like sticking up for philforum people.

And after all, forums are all about opinion and perspective. True, i may be the fool here, but I am speaking my mind, which is what a forum is meant for. While on philforum, and on this site, i definitely spend more time reading than writing posts. I simply like finding interesting topics, and if i feel the need, I'll post. True with me, as with everyone, not all of my ideas are golden nuggets, and worth posting. I'm sure if i posted everything i thought of, people would regard me as a nugget of darker complexion.
sozobe
 
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Reply Wed 7 Jul, 2010 11:15 am
@Specter,
Specter wrote:

I'm sure if i posted everything i thought of, people would regard me as a nugget of darker complexion.


Hee!

I do find that I'm much more partial to the ones with a sense of humor.
aidan
 
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Reply Wed 7 Jul, 2010 11:15 am
@Specter,
Quote:
the manner by which the discussion is perused is indicative of intelligence.

How can you tell how someone peruses the discussion?


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Intrepid
 
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Reply Wed 7 Jul, 2010 11:17 am
@Specter,
Specter wrote:


... I am speaking my mind, which is what a forum is meant for.


And, that is exactly what joefromchicago was doing.
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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Wed 7 Jul, 2010 11:19 am
@Specter,
Specter wrote:
In the first place, I wasn't making my own case, I was defending McDougall, as joefromchicago insinuated that he hadn't any special level of intelligence "you didn't raise the level of philosophical discussion when you arrived and your departure won't leave us any worse off." also, i felt like sticking up for philforum people.


But they don't need sticking up for, most of us like most of them just fine and he simply wasn't saying what you think he said about them. He said some were smart, some dumb and most in between. Like just about anywhere, really.

Quote:
And after all, forums are all about opinion and perspective. True, i may be the fool here, but I am speaking my mind, which is what a forum is meant for.


Nobody's saying you shouldn't speak your mind (have at it!), they are just speaking theirs in reply.

Quote:
While on philforum, and on this site, i definitely spend more time reading than writing posts. I simply like finding interesting topics, and if i feel the need, I'll post. True with me, as with everyone, not all of my ideas are golden nuggets, and worth posting. I'm sure if i posted everything i thought of, people would regard me as a nugget of darker complexion.


People have different interests. I'm not interested in Joe's vacuum cleaner topic either, but it hasn't gotten in my way so far. Then again, I didn't go looking on Joe's profile for three-year-old threads to get in my way, so if that's the kind of thing you say is driving you away turn on the noise filter and you'll only see topics from your forums.
 

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