A Note on Membership Here

Updated on December 20, 2020 in General Stuff
11 on December 15, 2020

Each of you is here because I’ve come to find you smart and interesting.

That’s it, really. Each of you is, in your own way, a hero to me.

In that sense, this whole exercise (the presence of this forum, that is) is a great act of selfishness on my part. I frequently find myself thinking about this or that, and more specifically find myself thinking “I wonder what so and so thinks about this or that”. You are all my go-to “so and so’s”, as it were.

And so, with that in mind, if you know someone who you think would be a productive contributor, by all means, feel free to invite him or her. Don’t think you need to run the nominee past me, or the group, first. I trust the judgement of everyone here.

One other comment: I don’t want anyone thinking this forum is designed to replace the SH or poach members from there or any of that. That’s not my intent or motivation at all. That said, it is clear to me that the SH is not a place where the sort of discussion I find interesting and challenging is able to take place.

 
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0 on December 16, 2020

Thanks. I may invite a couple of interesting, non-judgmental allies, or at least cheerful, non-judgmental adversaries, from the politicalforum. Interesting to me, anyway. I think it was Flaubert who observed that “anything is interesting if you look at it long enough.”

I’d be horrified if one of them came over and started a pissing contest over vaccines or UFO’s or Benghazi or transexuality or something. But I’ll just tell them in advance that my own criteria is that they be civil if they come here. Or else.

But like I mentioned before, discussions sometimes have to become a bit animated — I don’t say heated — before they can become interesting.

Time will tell.

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0 on December 16, 2020

I have a few people already interested. I haven’t given them the address yet.  It might be helpful if there were some kind of mission statement or something that tells them what the site is, who we are, give them orientation, as it were.  

One person wrote me, for example, and said, “Sounds interesting. Is it a musicians forum that just veered into politics? Or is it just a forum where musicians hang out?”  

I haven’t answered yet because he’s asking essentially for a description of the group’s, or the forum’s, identity and mission.  I don’t want to put you to work designing a banner and homepage, but I think that’s probably the first thing that people (other than people who already know us personally or from some other forum) might want to see.  

For example,

Welcome to The Philosophy Forum!
Get involved in philosophical discussions about knowledge, truth, language, consciousness, science, politics, religion, logic and mathematics, art, history, and lots more. No ads, no clutter, and very little agreement — just fascinating conversations. https://thephilosophyforum.com

I think the “mission” or raison d’être as you described it in an email to might be a good place to start: a place where [we] can engage in thoughtful dialog with a select group of thoughtful people without constantly weeding through the backbiting. Another way of looking at that is I’m really not all that interested in politics. I’d like to see more philosophy/psychology/engineering/etc.

 

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0 on December 16, 2020

I took your advice, Rob, and added a home page. Let me know what you think.

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Beautiful. It’s perfect.  Love that art deco look.  

Art, btw, would be worthy of a whole thread or section at some point: (I often wonder why some people can draw and some can’t. And why some people can draw with originality and some can “only” draw mechanically, like those guys that used to draw pictures of a new rifle or something with super precision and send it to the patent office. Is it linked to intelligence, etc?  Do they have to go through an apprenticeship?  

I’ll reach out again to my allies. I suspect they will all at least check us out, and hopefully one or two will join. I can’t remember if you have an “Introduce Yourself” page.  That would be good at some point.   And I’d like some coffee, and ….

I think you must have added an edit function, because I was able to correct one of my messages this morning. 

I appreciate you.

 

 

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Yes,  I can see an opportunity to edit in my post above, but not the post before that.

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I was going to add “industrious inspiration” to Rob’s list since Jeff’s crazy blast furnace in his garage threads have been very inspirational in starting my new band. Seriously. The development approach is modeled on Jeff’s castings.

But then we got socked with our every 5 years snowfall from hell and I needed to tend to that. But I thought I should sneak some props in where props are due anyway.

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0 on December 18, 2020

I’ve been out of commission with a wrenched back, which I think resulted from moving heavy, potted citrus trees into the garage for the Winter, but anyway …

I have formally invited about four people, whom I cannot vouch for personally, beyond noting their intelligence and civility on the politicalforum over the years.

They now have the link and may be saying hello very soon.

I know Spooky a little better than the others.

Anyway I like them all. I suspect that they rarely vote Democrat, but that’s their business.

We’ll see ….

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0 on December 18, 2020

:: guy living in Texas makes mention of “winter” ::

:: guy living in Nebraska chuckles ::

All are welcome. If they don’t work out, we’ll find out soon enough.

And, really, some thoughtful left-of-center contribution would be welcome. Encouraged, even. A one sided discussion is boring.

But the great handicap that left-of-center thinkers have in today’s environment is they swim in a sea filled with fellow travelers. Their challenge is coming up with original thought, rather than just regurgitating what they heard from Anderson Cooper last night.

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Funny juxtaposition of Nebraska and Texas. My best friend at LSU Law in the 80’s was from Nebraska. We had a half inch of snow one night in Baton Rouge and naturally the whole city shut down. My friend drives into the deserted parking lot and wondered where everyone was.

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1 on December 20, 2020

I heard there would be donuts?

on December 20, 2020

Too late.

*burp*

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