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Re: [skeptics-182] Truth Decay - Something to Think About

From: user 7.
Sent on: Tuesday, January 19, 2010 8:10 PM
Jim & Bill & anyone else:

I started a discussion on the message board in case you're interested.  
My apologies for all the e-mail.

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Bob Johnson
Hillsborough, NC



Jim Moury wrote:
> Hi Bill-
> Some members have complained (and quit our group) due to the number of
> emails that they have received lately. If you would like to continue this
> discussion further I would suggest using the message board on the FACT
> website then those that don't wish to participate won't have to. When you
> send an email to "skeptics-182" that goes to all 100 members.
> Thank you for your cooperation,
> Jim
>
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>> John:
>> I do occasionally doubt and express them. My hope is that I give you (and
>> me) something to think about and truly question our
>> skepticism/doubts/fe­ars/possibilities/op­tions/hopes/dreams rather than
>> just commiserate in them. Hey, I really hadn't thought that this group
>> likes being skeptical. I thought you were searchers. Am I wrong? Do you
>> choose to remain in your skepticism even if confronted with answers and
>> truth. If you are confronted with truth do you intentionally develop smoke
>> screens that prevent you from stopping to consider? If you saw the truth
>> and believed for the first time would even you choose to cling to your
>> skepticism? I hope not. But it is possible I have entered a bar where the
>> only hope is another beer that (hopefully) will dull the senses and the
>> reality of the hopelessness.  I generally don't ask this question of
>> westerners, but where is your hope? Is it in continued non-hope? Do
>> skeptics get together and worship hopelessness? I beg your forgiveness as
>> I thought skeptics were skeptical of the truth and desired and wanted
>> clarity but perhaps it is not answers or clarity or hope you want but
>> insanity - following the same steps expecting to get something different.
>> I hope even commiserating skeptics can extend forgiveness to a Christian
>> who believes he has found bread and water and wants to share it.
>> --
>> Bill Hardin
>>
>>
>> ---- John Halsey <[address removed]> wrote:
>>     
>>> Oh. A christian pretending to be a skeptic. How original. =T
>>>
>>> On 1/19/10, Tony Layng <[address removed]> wrote:
>>>       
>>>> http://www.infide...­
>>>> Check this web site for my ideas on being labeled an "atheist."  Hope
>>>>         
>>> to
>>>       
>>>> see you all tonight.
>>>> Tony Layng
>>>>
>>>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Bob" <[address removed]>
>>>> To: <[address removed]>
>>>> Sent: Monday, January 18,[masked]:50 PM
>>>> Subject: Re: [skeptics-182] Truth Decay
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> I have to wonder what this absolute truth is.  I don't think society,
>>>>         
>>> in
>>>       
>>>>>­ general, is any more inclined to ignore scientific fact than it was a
>>>>>­ generation or two ago; in fact, I suspect its getting marginally
>>>>>­           
>>> better.
>>>       
>>>>>­ Sure, the woo claimants may be more vocal, or may be easier to find
>>>>>­           
>>> (or for
>>>       
>>>>>­ them to find us) because of 21st century communications, but overall
>>>>>­           
>>> I
>>>       
>>>>>­ believe society is better educated and more able to think critically
>>>>>­           
>>> than in
>>>       
>>>>>­ the past.
>>>>>­
>>>>>­ At least the high school kids I meet these days are far more skilled
>>>>>­           
>>> at
>>>       
>>>>>­ critical thinking and far less woo-prone than those I met when I was
>>>>>­           
>>> in high
>>>       
>>>>>­ school 25 years ago!
>>>>>­
>>>>>­ Bob Johnson
>>>>>­ Hillsborough, NC
>>>>>­
>>>>>­
>>>>>­
>>>>>­ Bill Hardin wrote:
>>>>>­
>>>>>­           
>>>>>­> What percent of my skepticism is attributable to truth decay? Truth
>>>>>­>             
>>> decay
>>>       
>>>>>­> is our culture?s move away from absolute truth. Perhaps my truth
>>>>>­>             
>>> decay has
>>>       
>>>>>­> allowed me to establish ?my own truth? and this stance has allowed
>>>>>­>             
>>> me to
>>>       
>>>>>­> justify my continued skepticism.
>>>>>­>
>>>>>­> Bill Hardin
>>>>>­>[masked]
>>>>>­>
>>>>>­>
>>>>>­>
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