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Comment Re:Evidence based, reasoned arguments don't work (Score 1) 681

I don't believe that to be true. Anytime I've had a discussion -not online, but a real-life face-to-face discussion - I've been able to make my case and it is often well received. Not 100% of the time, but I'm not right 100% of the time, either. Online? well, exaggeration seems the rule, more often than not. ;) For me, the key is this: If I want others to listen and respect my views, I've found it most helpful to listen and respect them and theirs.

Comment Context matters (Score 4, Insightful) 681

Bill Nye is an entertainer. Just because he used to play a character called "The Science Guy", that doesn't give him credibility on all matters pertaining to science. (yes I know he has an engineering degree-but that's a long time ago. He hasn't been paid as an engineer in decades) His opinion carries the same weight I would give to any entertainer's

Comment Re:News For Nerds (Score 3, Insightful) 406

Unfortunately, the ideal utopia where people "learn to resist" doesn't seem to exist. It sounds good, but I don't know of consistently demonstrated examples showing how people can learn such a skill and then execute that skill on a regular basis.

Before we can make the world we want, we need to be honest with ourselves about the world (and people) as it is (they are)

Comment Re:problem with these programs (Score 1) 330

I'm often both amazed and confused, but not on this topic. I meant what I said. "Founding principal" - look in chapter 4.

Much to our relief, we discovered we did not need to consider another's conception of God.

When, therefore, we speak to you of God, we mean your own conception of God. This applies, too, to other spiritual expressions which you find in this book. Do not let any prejudice you may have against spiritual terms deter you from honestly asking yourself what they mean to you

(emphasis mine).

I've been to many meetings (my rough estimate is 3042) and at nearly all of those we refuse to allow the Lord's prayer. The whole group exercises that tradition 2 you referred to and determines that we don't want to use it since it is tied to Christianity. We don't really give much consideration to an individual's expressed faith. (or lack thereof)

To be fair, there is wide variation across the whole of the fellowship, so as always YMMV

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