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General Discussion / Re: When is the Bad Astronomer coming back?
« Last post by Desert Fox on Today at 02:29:37 PM »
Can we not turn this into yet another fucking Brian Dunning thread?

Mea Culpa. . . . I first kind of mentioned him as an example of somebody on the conservative side and a skeptic. 
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Just started listening to him, with his interview with one of the Phelps girls who got out of the Westboro Baptist Church.

I like him. I agree he talks over guests too much. And he sometimes goes on tangents that are not particularly intellectual or accurate. But he injects rationality into an otherwise common-man conversational approach. I hope that makes the content more approachable to the general public.

My main request to him would be to come to interviews better prepared and target 60 minutes vs. letting them drag on repetitively for up to 3 hours.

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General Discussion / Re: When is the Bad Astronomer coming back?
« Last post by The Latinist on Today at 01:53:08 PM »
Can we not turn this into yet another fucking Brian Dunning thread?
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General Discussion / Re: When is the Bad Astronomer coming back?
« Last post by Desert Fox on Today at 01:20:17 PM »
And here I thought it was Christians who only believed in eternal damnation...

At least my argument is "Trust but Verify"
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Books / Re: Books You'll Never Brag About Having Read
« Last post by Louie on Today at 01:19:27 PM »
I'm with Caffiene. I just went ahead and clicked the Grisham and all of the Clancy's (although f**k knows which ones I've actually read), as well as the Dan Brown books. Those are all just populist thrillers, though. I wouldn't brag about having read them, but it doesn't embarrass me at all. Decent beach and campsite fare.
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General Discussion / Re: When is the Bad Astronomer coming back?
« Last post by Belgarath on Today at 01:00:18 PM »
And here I thought it was Christians who only believed in eternal damnation...
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General Discussion / Re: When is the Bad Astronomer coming back?
« Last post by Desert Fox on Today at 11:33:11 AM »
He was caught and served time for that crime, but it doesn't in any way change that his ethics have been forever tainted by committing fraud. And considering he's tried to talk himself out of accountability with that issue again and again shows me that he's not someone people should be putting faith into, or supporting as an icon or leader of a movement allegedly about truth-seeking. But then again, I'm not a skeptic, and don't have any investment in him or his podcast.

Never put you faith in any absolute manner into anybody. Even if you like somebody, you should not put any real trust. Instead, examine what they tell you and evaluate claims. His podcast can be a good jumping off point when examining an issue having to do with skepticism. Also though look for additional sources.
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He was caught and served his time though. I dont think theres much point in the idea of a criminal justice system if we dont allow people to move on after they have served their time.
It contributes to so much reoffending in terms of how difficult it is to find a job etc as an ex convict.

He was caught and served time for that crime, but it doesn't in any way change that his ethics have been forever tainted by committing fraud. And considering he's tried to talk himself out of accountability with that issue again and again shows me that he's not someone people should be putting faith into, or supporting as an icon or leader of a movement allegedly about truth-seeking. But then again, I'm not a skeptic, and don't have any investment in him or his podcast.
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General Discussion / Re: When is the Bad Astronomer coming back?
« Last post by Desert Fox on Today at 11:19:25 AM »
I know that Brian Dunning tends to be on the conservative side of the spectrum and while I disagree, I can still respect most of what he says. Granted, I have not looked into his politics.

Though his criminal lack of ethics are in the public record now.

I see him as playing on the edges. Kind of like that Working Girl quote:
You can bend the rules plenty once you get to the top, but not while you're trying to get there. And if you're someone like me, you can't get there without bending the rules.
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General Discussion / Re: When is the Bad Astronomer coming back?
« Last post by Harry Black on Today at 11:15:06 AM »
He was caught and served his time though. I dont think theres much point in the idea of a criminal justice system if we dont allow people to move on after they have served their time.
It contributes to so much reoffending in terms of how difficult it is to find a job etc as an ex convict.
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