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Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 22nd January 2009, 10:19 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,462
Posted By CFLarsen
First, it is not Denmark who is responsible for...

First, it is not Denmark who is responsible for this, but the Faroe Islands. The Faroe Islands are part of the Danish Rigsfællesskab, but are autonomous since 1948.

Second, the animals are not...
Forum: Million Dollar Challenge 22nd January 2009, 07:40 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 5,365
Posted By CFLarsen
Members do not represent JREF in any way. The...

Members do not represent JREF in any way. The membership consists of all kinds of people, from all parts of the world.
Forum: Million Dollar Challenge 22nd January 2009, 07:23 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 5,365
Posted By CFLarsen
New thread about the qualifications for...

New thread about the qualifications for "representative" members to discuss with applicants here (http://www.internationalskeptics.com/forums/showthread.php?t=133609).
Forum: Million Dollar Challenge 22nd January 2009, 06:44 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 5,365
Posted By CFLarsen
Let's discuss how such restrictions on...

Let's discuss how such restrictions on discussions about claims pertaining to an application for the MDC would work.

What are the qualifications for a member to be accepted in the group of...
Forum: Million Dollar Challenge 22nd January 2009, 05:16 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 5,365
Posted By CFLarsen
I view claimants as people with claims that...

I view claimants as people with claims that should be scrutinized.

It should be remembered that all forum members are guests of JREF. Not just those members who are also applicants.
Forum: Million Dollar Challenge 22nd January 2009, 04:42 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 5,365
Posted By CFLarsen
I really don't think that anyone in their right...

I really don't think that anyone in their right mind would ever claim that the entire membership here consisted of a homogeneous group of skeptics who spoke as one voice. Nor that it should.

Sure,...
Forum: Million Dollar Challenge 22nd January 2009, 04:18 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 5,365
Posted By CFLarsen
First, it is imperative that we all remember that...

First, it is imperative that we all remember that it has always been very, very clear that JREF was not responsible for what members of the forum posted. I do believe this is still the case.

If it...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 22nd January 2009, 03:22 AM
Replies: 858
Views: 73,431
Posted By CFLarsen
Rational arguments and pertinent questions, based...

Rational arguments and pertinent questions, based on evidence.

vs

Arguments from credulity, hasty generalizations, personal attacks, blatant attempts to silence critics by demanding censorship,...
Forum: Million Dollar Challenge 22nd January 2009, 03:10 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 5,365
Posted By CFLarsen
People should expect the claims to be...

People should expect the claims to be scrutinized, regardless of whether or not they have come to this forum, or whether or not they have applied for the Challenge.

Nobody is forcing them to make...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 22nd January 2009, 12:37 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,387
Posted By CFLarsen
What's all this reluctance to quote an academic...

What's all this reluctance to quote an academic paper? Why the restrictions on letting other people see what it is about?

Is there some kind of secret academic handshake we need to learn, in order...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 22nd January 2009, 12:16 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,908
Posted By CFLarsen
God. God's hand. He just...

God.



God's hand.



He just can't get away from the idea that humans are the end product. There has to be a target.
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 22nd January 2009, 12:07 AM
Replies: 858
Views: 73,431
Posted By CFLarsen
Trying to invoke moderators to silence critics is...

Trying to invoke moderators to silence critics is censorship, pure and simple.

If something is wrong, merely point it out. Let people decide for themselves.

BTW: This thread is saved.
Forum: USA Politics 21st January 2009, 04:07 PM
Replies: 202
Views: 7,154
Posted By CFLarsen
If you want to incarcerate and execute people who...

If you want to incarcerate and execute people who have the means and the ability to inflict damage or defeat upon their foes...what separates you from the terrorists?

Having the means and the...
Forum: USA Politics 21st January 2009, 03:36 PM
Replies: 202
Views: 7,154
Posted By CFLarsen
It's amazing how many people don't realize that...

It's amazing how many people don't realize that "aided" or "helped" are exactly as concrete as when psychics claim to have "aided" or "helped" the police in solving murder cases.

Is a Muslim...
Forum: USA Politics 21st January 2009, 02:56 PM
Replies: 202
Views: 7,154
Posted By CFLarsen
If you have problems explaining who your enemy...

If you have problems explaining who your enemy is, then you got a problem. A big problem.

How is this "terrorist enemy" clearly defined? Until it is, how can the war be won?
Forum: USA Politics 21st January 2009, 02:47 PM
Replies: 202
Views: 7,154
Posted By CFLarsen
The conflict is certainly not stopped by rounding...

The conflict is certainly not stopped by rounding up people and incarcerating them indefinitely without a fair trial.

If anything, this provides the terrorists with valid arguments. What is the...
Forum: USA Politics 21st January 2009, 02:35 PM
Replies: 202
Views: 7,154
Posted By CFLarsen
How do we know who to "detain"? And for how long?...

How do we know who to "detain"? And for how long?

Forget about comparisons to conventional wars. This isn't a case of fighting and defeating a clearly defined nation with a clearly defined army.
Forum: USA Politics 21st January 2009, 02:33 PM
Replies: 202
Views: 7,154
Posted By CFLarsen
It isn't a question of how you fight your enemy. ...

It isn't a question of how you fight your enemy.

It's a question of when you know to stop fighting your enemy.

If you define your enemy as someone who will never cease to exist, how can your...
Forum: USA Politics 21st January 2009, 02:19 PM
Replies: 202
Views: 7,154
Posted By CFLarsen
If people suspected of terrorism - but neither...

If people suspected of terrorism - but neither brought to trial nor convicted - are kept imprisoned because they would otherwise breed and train new terrorists, not to mention continue fighting, how...
Forum: USA Politics 21st January 2009, 01:53 PM
Replies: 202
Views: 7,154
Posted By CFLarsen
Terrorists never breed? They never train new...

Terrorists never breed? They never train new terrorists?

How naive can one be?
Forum: USA Politics 21st January 2009, 01:26 PM
Replies: 202
Views: 7,154
Posted By CFLarsen
When people speak of wars ending only when the...

When people speak of wars ending only when the enemy is "truly" defeated, it sounds very much to me as if they want to maintain a perpetual state of war. Fighting whoever is the current target.
...
Forum: USA Politics 21st January 2009, 09:20 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 4,681
Posted By CFLarsen
"Bush Derangement Syndrome" is a pleonasm. ...

"Bush Derangement Syndrome" is a pleonasm.

It's just "Bush Syndrome". Or "B.S.", abbrev.
Forum: USA Politics 21st January 2009, 09:16 AM
Replies: 202
Views: 7,154
Posted By CFLarsen
I didn't know that everyone detained in Gitmo was...

I didn't know that everyone detained in Gitmo was apprehended after a long trip overseas with $10,000, a cell phone, and e-mail addresses for al-Qaida operatives.

I'd like to see the evidence,...
Forum: USA Politics 21st January 2009, 06:42 AM
Replies: 202
Views: 7,154
Posted By CFLarsen
Caught persons who have enter into a state of war...

Caught persons who have enter into a state of war are called "prisoners of war". The inmates at Gitmo are not "enemy prisoners of war".

The consequences of locking people up indefinitely without a...
Forum: Million Dollar Challenge 21st January 2009, 04:43 AM
Replies: 767
Views: 127,548
Posted By CFLarsen
We can discuss the protocol all we like. If some...

We can discuss the protocol all we like. If some have chosen not to do it, that is their choice, and should be respected.
Forum: USA Politics 21st January 2009, 04:42 AM
Replies: 202
Views: 7,154
Posted By CFLarsen
Do not confuse the military's seizures inside the...

Do not confuse the military's seizures inside the warzone of combattants with non-combattants (of various nationalities, also other than Afghans and Iraqis).
Forum: Million Dollar Challenge 21st January 2009, 04:20 AM
Replies: 767
Views: 127,548
Posted By CFLarsen
Asking what the protocol is, and discussing it,...

Asking what the protocol is, and discussing it, are two different things.

The applicant in this case has already made it clear, in post #16, that she considers the test, and hence the protocol, a...
Forum: USA Politics 21st January 2009, 04:13 AM
Replies: 202
Views: 7,154
Posted By CFLarsen
The right of any citizen, regardless of...

The right of any citizen, regardless of nationality, not to be seized and detained without evidence by the US military for years by US Presidential order was lost under Bush.
Forum: Million Dollar Challenge 21st January 2009, 04:01 AM
Replies: 767
Views: 127,548
Posted By CFLarsen
In post #19, Connie Sonne agreed to the protocol...

In post #19, Connie Sonne agreed to the protocol proposed by JREF.
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 21st January 2009, 03:19 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 9,068
Posted By CFLarsen
If you make a claim on this forum, expect it to...

If you make a claim on this forum, expect it to be questioned here.
Forum: USA Politics 21st January 2009, 03:17 AM
Replies: 202
Views: 7,154
Posted By CFLarsen
When the most powerful nation in the world thinks...

When the most powerful nation in the world thinks it can imprison anyone indefinitely, it is a problem for everyone.
Forum: USA Politics 21st January 2009, 02:02 AM
Replies: 202
Views: 7,154
Posted By CFLarsen
What are the consequences of locking people up...

What are the consequences of locking people up indefinitely without a fair trial?
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 21st January 2009, 01:29 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 9,068
Posted By CFLarsen
Where, exactly, in South America was Maddie seen?

Where, exactly, in South America was Maddie seen?
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 20th January 2009, 02:36 PM
Replies: 858
Views: 73,431
Posted By CFLarsen
Seizures do not equate epilepsy. ...

Seizures do not equate epilepsy.






Again, it is not just foolish to listen to quacks who falsely claim to have medical knowledge, it is outright dangerous.
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 20th January 2009, 12:57 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 11,015
Posted By CFLarsen
Is the translation correct or not?

Is the translation correct or not?
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 20th January 2009, 10:50 AM
Replies: 858
Views: 73,431
Posted By CFLarsen
Another example of a logical fallacy is moving...

Another example of a logical fallacy is moving the goal posts:

Someone can go from being medically qualified to diagnose autism based on a YouTube clip, to being capable of observing abnormal...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 20th January 2009, 06:05 AM
Replies: 858
Views: 73,431
Posted By CFLarsen
Next feature: We are "apologists for...

Next feature: We are "apologists for Scientology".... :rolleyes:
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 20th January 2009, 03:33 AM
Replies: 858
Views: 73,431
Posted By CFLarsen
Rational arguments and pertinent questions, based...

Rational arguments and pertinent questions, based on evidence.

vs

Arguments from credulity, hasty generalizations, personal attacks, and other logical fallacies, while brushing aside rational...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 20th January 2009, 03:12 AM
Replies: 858
Views: 73,431
Posted By CFLarsen
Maybe emphasis will help: Are all parents...

Maybe emphasis will help:

Are all parents who take their kids off seizure meds similarly espousing non-evidence based medical beliefs?

Are all doctors who take their patients off meds because...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 20th January 2009, 02:57 AM
Replies: 858
Views: 73,431
Posted By CFLarsen
If the statement Travolta stopped the medication...

If the statement Travolta stopped the medication because it wasn't working fits the pattern of a parent rejecting evidence based medicine, does that mean that doctors who stops medication because it...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 20th January 2009, 02:20 AM
Replies: 858
Views: 73,431
Posted By CFLarsen
We can always try to come up with explanations as...

We can always try to come up with explanations as to why something has happened. However, all the explanations in the world cannot get rid of the facts.

There is one aspect that seems to be...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 20th January 2009, 01:09 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 6,837
Posted By CFLarsen
Annnnnnd we're back to China again...

Annnnnnd we're back to China again...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 20th January 2009, 12:40 AM
Replies: 858
Views: 73,431
Posted By CFLarsen
Travolta stopping his son's seizure meds does not...

Travolta stopping his son's seizure meds does not mean that he did not believe in such medicines.

On the contrary, letting his son have the seizure meds in the first place is evidence that he did....
Forum: Million Dollar Challenge 19th January 2009, 01:52 AM
Replies: 767
Views: 127,548
Posted By CFLarsen
The Danish alphabet has 29 letters.

The Danish alphabet has 29 letters.
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 19th January 2009, 01:15 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 11,015
Posted By CFLarsen
Is the translation correct or not?

Is the translation correct or not?
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 19th January 2009, 12:55 AM
Replies: 858
Views: 73,431
Posted By CFLarsen
If people are having different conversations...

If people are having different conversations here, it could be because some won't listen to others, but prefer to ignore them.
Forum: History, Literature, and the Arts 18th January 2009, 12:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 711
Posted By CFLarsen
Another version......

Another version... (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjA5faZF1A8)
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 18th January 2009, 05:38 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 11,015
Posted By CFLarsen
Why can he only find a flower in a dark room if...

Why can he only find a flower in a dark room if it hasn't been moved?
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 18th January 2009, 03:49 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,820
Posted By CFLarsen
Lists Are Good.

Lists Are Good.
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 18th January 2009, 01:51 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,234
Posted By CFLarsen
Science doesn't contradict the existence of any...

Science doesn't contradict the existence of any gods. Science can contradict the existence of god phenomena.

Something can exist without science having detected it - yet.

Where claims of gods...
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