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Offline Eiskrystal

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« on: February 07, 2007, 06:42:56 AM »
I've noticed we don't seem to have a skeptic symbol. I propose the "tesseract" as a possibility.

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« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2007, 07:00:31 AM »
We need something a little more lighthearted methinks.

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« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2007, 07:10:59 AM »
I am not a mathmatician and I personally dislike math (and physics - love the applications, though).

I don't know if the idea of a symbol is actually a good one, because we're not a single group. Skepticism, secular humanism, atheism, agnosticism... the are SO many groups out there, I don't think we fit into one classification.

Another bad reason for a symbol is for it to be identifiable with a cult or religion, which is definitely not the case.

So yeah, I don't like the idea.
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« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2007, 07:28:40 AM »
Everyone else gets a symbol and they do very well out of it.

Mine's a damn sight more cheery than a dead guy on a cross.[/quote]
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« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2007, 07:32:02 AM »
I think we should just use a beard as a symbol.  Think about it, Darwin had a beard, Randi has a beard, Dennett has a beard.  We should all grow beards (even Rebecca) and dye them white so that it would be obvious that our numbers are large and incredibly powerful (as a scientist, I know that there is a clear positive proportionality between beard strength and power).

But seriously, a tesseract is awesome, and I was thinking of getting one tattooed on myself, but I don't think that we need a symbol.  There's not exactly a strong iconodulist tradition among atheists.
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« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2007, 07:47:31 AM »
I'd say a giant question mark, but then people might mistake us for The Riddler.
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« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2007, 08:39:12 AM »
So how about the Riddler?
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« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2007, 08:54:28 AM »
Too gay (wrong minority)

I did think of multiple question marks, but when i put them together i ended up with something approaching a swastica. Bad idea.
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« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2007, 09:07:00 AM »
Quote from: "Eiskrystal"
I did think of multiple question marks, but when i put them together i ended up with something approaching a swastica. Bad idea.


I don't think so. Looks more like a flower. I kinda like it.



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VVV Ok lemme try a few more configs VVVV
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« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2007, 09:14:19 AM »
The religious nuts will call us the Nazi-flower-people then. You could rotate it by 45 degrees. That should be enough to confuse them.
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« Reply #10 on: February 07, 2007, 09:35:22 AM »
Just to be pedantic; the nazi swastica is right-facing. Dez' questionmark-thing is left-facing. Obviously it won't be confused with anything other than hindu/buddhist symbols.

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« Reply #11 on: February 07, 2007, 09:45:33 AM »
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Just to be pedantic; the nazi swastica is right-facing. Dez' questionmark-thing is left-facing. Obviously it won't be confused with anything other than hindu/buddhist symbols.


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EDIT: I have 1 or 2 more ideas for the flower. I'll post them if anyone is interested.
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« Reply #12 on: February 07, 2007, 09:59:41 AM »
It's growing on me actually (excuse the pun) but not everyone will want a flower. Can we have something similar but less..erm...flowery do you think?

I see no reason not to have a general symbol theme of the 4 question marks and then people can choose different versions that suit them. That way everyone is happy. We get a general symbol whilst still being individuals.
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« Reply #13 on: February 07, 2007, 10:07:36 AM »
Quote from: "Eiskrystal"
I see no reason not to have a general symbol theme of the 4 question marks and then people can choose different versions that suit them. That way everyone is happy. We get a general symbol whilst still being individuals.


That gave me a cool idea! I hope my photoshop skills (or lack thereof) are up to to. I'll post it in a second.

EDIT: My skills are not up to par. But my idea was to make a stick-ish person made out of style-ized question marks that have been morphed and stretched. I am very tired, though. Maybe I'll give it another shot after I wake up.
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« Reply #14 on: February 07, 2007, 11:20:00 AM »
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So how about the Riddler?



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