Home | Community | Message Board


Azarius
Please support our sponsors.

General Interest >> Philosophy, Sociology & Psychology

Welcome to the Shroomery Message Board! You are experiencing a small sample of what the site has to offer. Please login or register to post messages and view our exclusive members-only content. You'll gain access to additional forums, file attachments, board customizations, encrypted private messages, and much more!

Jump to first unread post. Pages: 1
InvisibleSwami
Eggshell Walker

Registered: 01/19/00
Posts: 15,413
Loc: In the hen house
Damn Close-Minded Skeptics
    #687845 - 06/19/02 09:44 AM (14 years, 5 months ago)

*I know this whole topic has been done to death, but it has been a while, and almost everyone appears to have a lot of fun taking sides and getting into a heightened emotional state. (God, humans sure do love to get high. Even tricking their bodies into releasing hormones and chemicals into the blooodstream merely by looking at groupings of black dots on a screen!)*


The most frequent criticism that I (and other "hardcore" skeptics) get here is an accusation about being close-minded. It is ridiculous to think that only a skeptical mind may be closed. A too-believing mind may just as equally well be closed. Yet, one rarely hears believers being called close-minded (I guess skeptics prefer "wacky", but that is a whole 'nother thread...).

To some, close-mindedness seems to mean: "You don't agree with me." As if their point of view is so obviously true that it must be plain to see.

To others, close-mindedness means: "You doubt everything no matter what you are shown; your preconditioning prevents you from seeing the truth."

My defintion (I did not even peek at Webster's this time) is a condensed version of the latter so that it includes both skeptics and believers.

close-minded: inability to come to a rational and objective conclusion when evaluating a subject due to pre-conditioning.

Stay tuned for part II coming shortly (Return ot the Skeptic, The Skeptic Strikes Back).


--------------------



The proof is in the pudding.


Post Extras: Print Post  Remind Me! Notify Moderator
Anonymous

Re: Damn Close-Minded Skeptics [Re: Swami]
    #687853 - 06/19/02 09:47 AM (14 years, 5 months ago)

Alright I can't wait!

Just make sure if you make the prequels don't make them suck. The Phantom Skeptic and Attack of the Skeptics should be equally exciting.


Post Extras: Print Post  Remind Me! Notify Moderator
InvisibleSwami
Eggshell Walker

Registered: 01/19/00
Posts: 15,413
Loc: In the hen house
Re: Damn Close-Minded Skeptics [Re: ]
    #687879 - 06/19/02 09:58 AM (14 years, 5 months ago)

He he!


--------------------



The proof is in the pudding.


Post Extras: Print Post  Remind Me! Notify Moderator
OfflineAdamist
ℚṲℰϟ✞ЇѺℵ ℛ∃Åʟḯ†У
Male User Gallery

Registered: 11/24/01
Posts: 10,211
Loc: Bloomington, IN
Last seen: 1 year, 9 months
Re: Damn Close-Minded Skeptics [Re: Swami]
    #687918 - 06/19/02 10:16 AM (14 years, 5 months ago)

Actually Swami, I think your skepticism is necessary...
But say, for example, I say I met some aliens. Having an open mind would be to at least entertain the possibility of me actually meeting alien beings. I'm not asking anyone to believe me, but when someone says "that is impossible, he's just crazy, there is no such thing as aliens" just because they havn't had the same experience, that is closed-mindedness because you limit yourself to the small possibility that maybe what I have experienced is actually true.

My definintion of closed-mindedness: The blind limitation of the possibility that something may exist based on the fact that it can't be "proved". (or something like that)


--------------------
:heartpump: { { { ṧ◎ηḯ¢ αʟ¢ℌ℮мƴ } } } :heartpump:


Post Extras: Print Post  Remind Me! Notify Moderator
OfflineTheShroomHermit
Divine Hermit of the Everything
 User Gallery

Registered: 02/19/02
Posts: 7,575
Loc: border of Canada and Mexi...
Last seen: 1 year, 1 month
Re: Damn Close-Minded Skeptics [Re: Adamist]
    #687932 - 06/19/02 10:21 AM (14 years, 5 months ago)

Did you know that monkeys and dolphins masteurbate?


Post Extras: Print Post  Remind Me! Notify Moderator
Anonymous

Re: Damn Close-Minded Skeptics [Re: Adamist]
    #687942 - 06/19/02 10:26 AM (14 years, 5 months ago)

I'm with Adamist on this.. I do think that your presence is neccessary on this board Swami. Having skeptics around is something that is needed.

But there is a difference between being a skeptic that will entertain the notion of something that hasn't been proven, and a skeptic that will not even consider something that hasn't been proven.

I enjoy the skeptic mentality of "I don't believe in that, because it has not been proven or I have not experienced it... but I will allow you to share your experiences without attacking your character" .. this allows for an open discussion, where both sides can share what they know/have experienced, in an accepting and open environment.

I do not enjoy the skeptic mentality of "This has not been proven, you are an idiot, get your head out of your ass" .. that mentality just causes controversy and back and forth getting nowhere type stuff.

Ya know?

The latter is my definition of a close-minded skeptic. There can be close-minded believers too.



Edited by Anonymous (06/19/02 10:31 AM)


Post Extras: Print Post  Remind Me! Notify Moderator
Anonymous

Re: Damn Close-Minded Skeptics [Re: TheShroomHermit]
    #687945 - 06/19/02 10:27 AM (14 years, 5 months ago)

Dolphins are why I don't gargle with sea water


Post Extras: Print Post  Remind Me! Notify Moderator
Anonymous

Re: Damn Close-Minded Skeptics [Re: Swami]
    #687966 - 06/19/02 10:39 AM (14 years, 5 months ago)

I enjoy Skeptics, an if'n I wasnt so poor, I'd subscribe to Skeptic Magazine.
I define Closed Mindedness as:
The inability to beilive in an Ideal/idea because it chalenges your religious/social morals/beliefsystem. Truth/fact have no bearing on your acceptance of said ideal/idea.

I.e. Jehovah's Wittness' claim dinosaur bones were 'planted' by Dawinists to 'prove' Evolution.

-OoD


Edited by Anonymous (06/19/02 10:40 AM)


Post Extras: Print Post  Remind Me! Notify Moderator
Invisiblethe_Landotter
Gnostic Chaoist

Registered: 05/24/02
Posts: 340
Loc: R'lyeh
Re: Damn Close-Minded Skeptics [Re: Anonymous]
    #687990 - 06/19/02 11:03 AM (14 years, 5 months ago)

>I.e. Jehovah's Wittness' claim dinosaur bones were 'planted' by Dawinists to 'prove' Evolution.

Umm. I'm probably taking a risk just mentioning this but I was raised a JW * and, though I have been out of the church for years, I still occassionally get the perverse urge to defend them **, to wit: yes, many Christian fundamentalist groups believe the whole buried dino bones thing is gospel, but I was never taught that. Granted, I was taught a lot of strange stuff, but never that.

JWs are pretty reasonable when it comes to their particular brand of Creationism - no literal 24 hour days for the "creation process", the Big Bang's a-OK with them, dinos lived a long while ago (during an early creative "day") and so on. Evolution is still right out wrong but ... well, that's my two bits from the blasphemous horses mouth, natch!

You want REAL fundamentalism check out Mr. Jack Chick at www.chick.com!
Woo-hoo-hooo!



* please please don't all flood the thread with JW-related questions please! I've been out of that scene for a lo-o-o-ng time - I mean, lookit, I'm posting to a shroomery message board!

** Like, cuz my whole family is still JW and they're good peeps to me so I gotta give props, ai-ight?


the Landotter


--------------------
* * * * * * * * * *
Read the Landotter's Mystical Journey Journal


Post Extras: Print Post  Remind Me! Notify Moderator
Invisiblethe_Landotter
Gnostic Chaoist

Registered: 05/24/02
Posts: 340
Loc: R'lyeh
Re: Damn Close-Minded Skeptics [Re: Anonymous]
    #688000 - 06/19/02 11:08 AM (14 years, 5 months ago)

... but I agree with your definition Oracle (all the definitions here are good and applicable, actually) and I once ran across a website that advocated dolphin/human sex ... it was like "here's how you pleasure a dolphin" and so on ...

Way off topic. Sorry!


the Landotter


--------------------
* * * * * * * * * *
Read the Landotter's Mystical Journey Journal


Post Extras: Print Post  Remind Me! Notify Moderator
Anonymous

Re: Damn Close-Minded Skeptics [Re: the_Landotter]
    #688007 - 06/19/02 11:11 AM (14 years, 5 months ago)

In reply to:

here's how you pleasure a dolphin



Go on.....
-OoD


Post Extras: Print Post  Remind Me! Notify Moderator
Invisiblethe_Landotter
Gnostic Chaoist

Registered: 05/24/02
Posts: 340
Loc: R'lyeh
Re: Damn Close-Minded Skeptics [Re: Anonymous]
    #688034 - 06/19/02 11:26 AM (14 years, 5 months ago)

Oh, you know, the USUAL way! Christ & Cthulhu - like I'd keep that memory knocking around in my head?! I'm sure any open-minded person w/active imagination can figure it out... haha! Back on topic!

the Landotter


--------------------
* * * * * * * * * *
Read the Landotter's Mystical Journey Journal


Post Extras: Print Post  Remind Me! Notify Moderator
Anonymous

Re: Damn Close-Minded Skeptics [Re: Anonymous]
    #688052 - 06/19/02 11:43 AM (14 years, 5 months ago)

its dolphinsex.com or something


Post Extras: Print Post  Remind Me! Notify Moderator
InvisibleSclorch
Clyster

Folding@home Statistics
Registered: 07/13/99
Posts: 4,805
Loc: On the Brink of Madness
Re: Damn Close-Minded Skeptics [Re: ]
    #688216 - 06/19/02 01:46 PM (14 years, 5 months ago)

Actually, it's http://www.dolphinsex.org/

Don't ask me how I know....


--------------------
Note: In desperate need of a cure...


Post Extras: Print Post  Remind Me! Notify Moderator
Invisiblemr crisper
.

Registered: 07/25/00
Posts: 928
Re: Damn Close-Minded Skeptics [Re: Sclorch]
    #688661 - 06/19/02 06:10 PM (14 years, 5 months ago)

i read a report from r.f.burton (18th cenutry british explorer and linguist) that fishermen along the amazon frequently enjoyed carnal relations with the local dolphins.


Post Extras: Print Post  Remind Me! Notify Moderator
OfflineGRTUD
INFP
Male

Registered: 01/31/01
Posts: 270
Loc: The Days Between
Last seen: 8 years, 7 months
Re: Damn Close-Minded Skeptics [Re: Swami]
    #688920 - 06/19/02 08:09 PM (14 years, 5 months ago)

In reply to:

close-minded: inability to come to a rational and objective conclusion when evaluating a subject due to pre-conditioning.




Due to my preconditioning, I cannot, rationally comment on your topic, without coming to an objective conclusion.

(Stupid closed minded skeptics)


--------------------
"New shit has come to light..."


Edited by GRTUD (06/19/02 08:11 PM)


Post Extras: Print Post  Remind Me! Notify Moderator
InvisibleinfidelGOD
illusion

Registered: 04/18/02
Posts: 3,040
Loc: there
Re: Damn Close-Minded Skeptics [Re: Sclorch]
    #689312 - 06/19/02 11:09 PM (14 years, 5 months ago)

thanks for the link Sclorch.



don't ask...


Post Extras: Print Post  Remind Me! Notify Moderator
Offlinedeepr
the dancer

Registered: 05/24/02
Posts: 238
Loc: nzl
Last seen: 10 years, 11 months
Re: Damn Close-Minded Skeptics [Re: infidelGOD]
    #689330 - 06/19/02 11:20 PM (14 years, 5 months ago)

couldnt have said it better shroomism ;]


Post Extras: Print Post  Remind Me! Notify Moderator
OfflineLOBO
Vagabond

Registered: 03/19/01
Posts: 655
Loc: NY
Last seen: 10 years, 1 month
Re: Damn Close-Minded Skeptics [Re: TheShroomHermit]
    #689541 - 06/20/02 04:19 AM (14 years, 5 months ago)

Yes, I am a monkey and I masturbate a lot!


--------------------


Post Extras: Print Post  Remind Me! Notify Moderator
Jump to top. Pages: 1

General Interest >> Philosophy, Sociology & Psychology

Similar ThreadsPosterViewsRepliesLast post
* Open Mind / Closed Mind
( 1 2 3 all )
OrgoneConclusion 1,629 45 04/26/09 06:24 PM
by learningtofly
* I am closed minded! Olgualion 730 13 05/22/03 01:04 AM
by Olgualion
* The close-mind of the open-minded philosophy
( 1 2 all )
SneezingPenis
1,844 34 04/21/06 11:32 AM
by RedNucleus
* you are close minded
( 1 2 all )
Anonymous 2,062 26 01/05/04 05:29 PM
by Anonymous
* Ignorant, close minded people
( 1 2 all )
Spooge 3,761 23 12/26/04 07:26 PM
by TheCheat
* Closed Minded Materialists/Atheists pissing me off
( 1 2 3 all )
Divided_Sky 2,838 49 09/24/05 04:22 PM
by Asante
* Skeptics Mr_Gubjet 742 15 04/14/04 09:05 PM
by falcon
* Skeptics mushiemountain 1,213 10 03/30/07 08:45 AM
by redgreenvines

Extra information
You cannot start new topics / You cannot reply to topics
HTML is disabled / BBCode is enabled
Moderator: Middleman, CosmicJoke, Diploid, DividedQuantum
1,599 topic views. 3 members, 6 guests and 6 web crawlers are browsing this forum.
[ Toggle Favorite | Print Topic | Stats ]
Search this thread:
High Mountain Compost
Please support our sponsors.

Copyright 1997-2016 Mind Media. Some rights reserved.

Generated in 0.052 seconds spending 0.003 seconds on 16 queries.