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Re: [humanism-174] 3 questions

From: Mark T.
Sent on: Saturday, December 22, 2007 10:30 AM
Ok, the pic stays as is. I was just a wee bit concerned- only because everything on our meetup page is accessible to the general public, including our entire email archive.
As of now, it's only us group members viewing what's there... but if we did happen to get advertising of some sort, who knows?

On Dec 21,[masked]:59 AM, Josh <[address removed]> wrote:
I had no idea I could cause such a controversy!

But seriously, I also don't believe in censorship.  The act depicted
in the picture may be morally or legally wrong, but is the picture
itself doing any harm?  I think actually more harm is done by hiding
such pictures from the public rather than letting people see them and
helping people understand why the depicted act is wrong in reality

I don't have much public speaking experience, and while I do have a
strong scientific background, and a decent knowledge of some
theoretical topics (like quantum mechanics) I don't know that I know
enough to be a credible speaker on the subject

On Dec 21,[masked]:06 AM, Maude <[address removed]> wrote:
> 1) If my wifi wasn't choking right now I could compose a more intelligent
> response. I can't load the photo page. But in general, I do not believe in
> censorship unless the depiction meets the Supreme Court rule for
> pornography, which is, that the depiction or act or what have you appeals to
> the "prurient interest" of "the community" in which it is displayed. So,
> whatever book Josh is holding up, since it is on the internet and the
> community is world-wide and very diverse, it shouldn't be removed unless it
> involves child porn, which is the only thing so far illegal on the internet
> in this country.
> Other than that, I think that if a majority of the active group members
> would like it removed and find it in poor taste or not a good representation
> of the CFT, then it should be removed for whatever the reasons of the
> majority of such members.
> But again, I can't load the pics right now.
> 2) Experience in public speaking? Yes. Like public speaking and would chomp
> at the bit to do it? Nope. I've had to address in my professional life
> several thousand American Heart Assn members on how they should deal with
> medical journal editors, etc. I once long ago had to do the big Cleveland
> spelling bee-they asked me because I was a newspaper reporter. I've done my
> share of speaking to high school classes and college classes as a guest.
> But, would rather not. Well ok, the school classes I would do but am not
> crazy about the big venue things.
> 3) Theoretical science-nope. I have college science background, I have kept
> up with theoretical physics a little along the way, but my knowledge is
> rudimentary and my exploration into the available info only recreational and
> there is no qualification I have that would make people listen to what I
> thought on such topics. Credibility is important. You need to have somewhat
> of an expert in the field to speak on a topic in order for people to
> seriously consider the views presented. That's my experience for myself
> anyway, when deciding to attend lectures and so forth.
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