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The return

February 10, 2013

I have closed my FaceBook account.
I have closed my Live Journal account.
I doubt Geocities even exists anymore, at least the part with my website anyway.
MySpace is no space, also gone with the wind.

I still have my google plus account, but that is more a link into my various social groups.

I have my twitter account @themyst1971 and that is great when what I have to say is only 140 characters long.

I have a YouTube account, fantastic for getting what I really want to say out there, but it comes with a high production effort for each post.

I have an audioboo account, also great for getting out exactly how I feel as long as I can do it within three minutes.

An that is where GeekSkeptic comes is. Sometimes I have a need to say something I feel is important that will not fit into any of the categories above.

So yes, this place is not closed and you will see the odd post here, just not all that frequently.

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About Me

February 17, 2012

I have created an About.Me account to link my online life

http://www.about.me/themyst1971

No long so see

February 12, 2010

So long no see.

It has been awhile since I lasted posted here, the main reason is not because I have nothing to see but that I have far too much but just don’t know how I want to say it.

My world is full of pseudoscience but no matter who I talk to or what method I use when talking to them, I am just wasting my time.

I need a support group, a South African Skeptics group.

Where am I

December 8, 2009

A Name by any other …

August 4, 2009
As many of you who regularly read this journal will know, I have been battling to find the correct term to call myself, what my, dare I say it, my belief system is. Prehaps we should rather call it my lifestyle choice?
I hate to call myself an Atheist for many reasons. I suppose one of the main reasons is the negative association it has. You tell someone you are an Atheist and they immediately turn off to whatever you may have to say.
I also don’t like the idea of Atheist in that I am then defining myself based not on my but on someone else’s beliefs that I do not follow. Calling myself an Atheist is the same as saying, I am not a Theist. Well ok, but what am I?
The other thing about Atheism is that it holds that gods do not exist. The problem with this is that by believing that gods do not exist does create a type of bias, even if a very, very small one.
I prefer the idea of being a skeptic but that too has a negative association.
So what is left?
As a skeptic, a follower of the scientific principal, we are often accused of being closed minded, although that is far from the truth. We are always willing to listen to New ideas, investigate New evidence. The problem is, most of the ideas thrown at us, the majority of evidence given us, is Not New. We have seen it all before, we have tested it all before, we have run all the experiments on it before.
Do you keep on putting you hand in the fire to make sure you will still burn yourself?
You do it once, and maybe, just maybe a second time to verify your results but then you stop.
If you want to tell me the fire does not burn. Fine, you put your hand in the fire first. I have run my experiments already. You do yours. You show me that I was wrong*, then I may try the experiment again.
But You First*.
I like the term, Free Thinker. It hints at the openness to look deeper. The unconfined mind i.e. the mind not confined by any preconceived religious ideas. The idea that I am willing to think and not just believe anything on someone else’s say-so.
Wikipedia has this to say, “Freethought is a philosophical viewpoint that holds that beliefs should be formed on the basis of science, logic, and reason, and should not be influenced by authority, tradition, or any other dogma.”
That in a nutshell is what I believe.
Now I know one should not beg for comments but what do you think about the above?
* – “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence” – Carl Sagan

As many of you who regularly read this journal will know, I have been battling to find the correct term to call myself, what my, dare I say it, my belief system is. Prehaps we should rather call it my lifestyle choice?

I hate to call myself an Atheist for many reasons. I suppose one of the main reasons is the negative association it has. You tell someone you are an Atheist and they immediately turn off to whatever you may have to say.

I also don’t like the idea of Atheist in that I am then defining myself based not on my beliefs but on someone else’s beliefs that I do not follow. Calling myself an Atheist is the same as saying, I am not a Theist. Well ok, but what am I?

The other thing about Atheism is that it holds that gods do not exist. The problem with this is that by believing that gods do not exist does create a type of bias, even if a very, very small one.

I prefer the idea of being a skeptic but that too has a negative association.

So what is left?

As a skeptic, a follower of the scientific principal, we are often accused of being closed minded, although that is far from the truth. We are always willing to listen to New ideas, investigate New evidence. The problem is, most of the ideas thrown at us, the majority of evidence given us, is Not New. We have seen it all before, we have tested it all before, we have run all the experiments on it before.

Do you keep on putting you hand in the fire to make sure you will still burn yourself?

You do it once, and maybe, just maybe a second time to verify your results but then you stop.

If you want to tell me the fire does not burn. Fine, you put your hand in the fire first. I have run my experiments already. You do yours. You show me that I was wrong*, then I may try the experiment again.

But You First*.

I like the term, Free Thinker. It hints at the openness to look deeper. The unconfined mind i.e. the mind not confined by any preconceived religious ideas. The idea that I am willing to think and not just believe anything on someone else’s say-so.

Wikipedia has this to say, “Freethought is a philosophical viewpoint that holds that beliefs should be formed on the basis of science, logic, and reason, and should not be influenced by authority, tradition, or any other dogma.”

That in a nutshell is what I believe.

* – “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence” – Carl Sagan