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Message 1 of 683 (580204)
09-08-2010 7:37 AM


This thread is to report discussion problems and bring them to the attention of the Moderators.

This is not a discussion thread.

If you aren't reporting a problem or commenting concerning an Administrative message you received, you should not be posting in this thread.

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Message 2 of 683 (580571)
09-10-2010 5:57 AM


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Message 3 of 683 (580879)
09-12-2010 12:39 AM


Carbon 14
Message 25

Hey, Carbon 14 specific topic
Not a general purpose radiometric topic.

Carbon 14 only used for ~50 thousand years back and is not relevant for dating considerations of millions or billions of years. Millions or billions of years considerations need to find a topic elsewhere.

All messages should have a Carbon 14 connection. Will need to start slamming messages that don't have that connection.

Adminnemooseus

The decay constant is the underlying principle supporting radiocarbon dating.

It is also the primary place creationists attack radiocarbon dating.

This subject should not be off limits.


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Message 4 of 683 (580883)
09-12-2010 2:53 AM
Reply to: Message 3 by Coyote
09-12-2010 12:39 AM


Re: Carbon 14
You are correct.

My impression was that the topic was showing serious danger of heading significantly away from the core topic theme.

Upon reexamination, I still seeing some (hints?) indications of such, but that all the discussion was relevant to Carbon 14 considerations.

See what happens when I think I've finally caught topic drift before it gets out of hand? I caught the topic drift before it even really started.

My topic drift alert statement was way too strong. I will revise it to what I should have said.

Adminnemooseus


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Message 5 of 683 (580894)
09-12-2010 8:19 AM


ICR Sues Texas
Spanning three-quarters of the thread and constituting a quarter of it: Dawn Bertot's messages.
I am strongly convinced that Dawn has no idea what he/she actually thinks or is arguing in support of, beyond the conclusion that "order = design, therefore there is a designer".

This is evidenced by

  • the inability to use terms consistently with either other people's uses and definitions or with his/her own;
  • the inability or refusal to clarify what definition is being used at any given point;
  • the inability or refusal to answer direct and relatively simple questions about the arguments or statements;
  • inability or refusal to acknowledge basic logical errors and correct them afterward;
  • constant repetition of the same point without any further explanation or detail being added; ignorance of what the opposing point actually is;
  • and preference to claiming personal deficiencies in anybody questioning the statements Dawn makes, instead of addressing the questions raised,
    all of which sums up into avoiding any useful debate at all.

    While the discussion of "can an ordered and complex universe be used as evidence of implicit design?" was somewhat good and relatively on-topic (at least, on-topic for a thread at this forum ) if not closely related, it has become stalled by Dawn's simple lack of actual discussion.

    Could moderators please begin either helping the thread to return to its major theme, progressing the current discussion along to a consensus (more rapidly than at present) or ending that discussion to allow others in its place.


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    Message 6 of 683 (580895)
    09-12-2010 8:40 AM
    Reply to: Message 5 by Nij
    09-12-2010 8:19 AM


    Re: ICR Sues Texas
    To the moderators,

    I endorse everything Nij says. I would have posted the exact same things, but it takes time to carefully compose such condensations.

    Unfortunately Adminnemooseus and I are the only active moderators in the science threads right now, and since I'm one of the primary participants I cannot moderate in that thread. Adminnemooseus closed the thread at one point for being off topic, but I reopened it in my role as Admin because as a participant I knew that it was off topic in appearance only.

    I think the thread is still on topic. It is trying to discuss whether ICR is teaching science or religious apologetics, but it looks like the thread is off-topic because we've digressed into trying to figure out what Dawn Bertot is saying. I think if Dawn can be encouraged to clarify what he is trying to say that the thread can then return to discussing whether what he's talking about is science, and if it is, whether that is what ICR is teaching. But it all depends upon whether Adminnemooseus is willing to try moderating the thread.

    --Percy


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    Nij
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    Message 7 of 683 (580977)
    09-12-2010 6:34 PM
    Reply to: Message 6 by Percy
    09-12-2010 8:40 AM


    Re: ICR Sues Texas
    Thanks Percy.

    I know the current discussion is on-topic -- I explicitly defined how it was related to the subject, in fact.

    I appreciate your efforts in trying to focus Dawn on one point at a time, but the simple problem is that Dawn won't do it. I don't know whether the avoidance is caused by misunderstanding of what is being asked or refusal to explain properly for whatever reason, but the outcome is the same: stalling of the thread.

    I'm not sure whether direct moderation will really help, now that I think of it. That could only entail closing for off-topicness, suspending Dawn, or forcing us to cease discussing that issue some other way. None of those would help figure out what Dawn meant and the topic would be a vital one in any serious discussion of why ID is or is not science.

    Perhaps a better method would be explaining to Dawn exactly what our issues are in a less hostile environment? Maybe you could try PMing him, Percy; that way the thread won't get more confused, and when the discussion restarts it will be on more level grounds where everybody is defining and using words or terms the same way.


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    Message 8 of 683 (581023)
    09-13-2010 2:22 AM
    Reply to: Message 6 by Percy
    09-12-2010 8:40 AM


    Re: ICR Sues Texas
    But it all depends upon whether Adminnemooseus is willing to try moderating the thread.

    Short version answer: No

    Longer version answer: Do you think I'm that crazy?

    Still longer version answer: I don't thinks I'm remotely up to understanding what's happening in that topic, and thus be in any position to supply any useful guidance, discipline, or magical fix. Or something like that.

    Maybe a disinterested someone else is interested in taking a stab at moderating the topic, to be appointed "special moderator" status. Maybe kind of like being the Ken Starr of evcforum.net.

    Again I say, I don't think I'm up to it. Besides, much of my time is going to be taken up by my fixing things up between Israel and Palestine.

    Adminnemoseus (or something like that)


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    Message 9 of 683 (581731)
    09-17-2010 8:30 AM


    genesis 1 vs 2 biblical inerrancy thread
    Hi, AdminPD slapped down my question to icant about why the two genesis accounts apparently contradicting each other don't. My question was Message 239 and I'm not quite sure what was Off-Topic about it?

    Is Message 240 also off-topic?

    I hope I'm doing this right, I don't think I've had an issue with a mod decision before...


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    Message 10 of 683 (581756)
    09-17-2010 11:35 AM
    Reply to: Message 9 by greyseal
    09-17-2010 8:30 AM


    Re: genesis 1 vs 2 biblical inerrancy thread
    quote:
    Hi, AdminPD slapped down my question to icant about why the two genesis accounts apparently contradicting each other don't. My question was Message 239 and I'm not quite sure what was Off-Topic about it?

    Is Message 240 also off-topic?


    Ignore the title and read the OP and the Admin Message #236.

    The originator states: This contradiction seems to debunk the inerrancy of the bible. This thread is to provide a place for debate as to whether or not it actually does.

    The debate is about whether the contradictions presented by the originator debunks the inerrancy of the Bible. It is not about whether these are actually contradictions or not.

    Message 240 is an attempt to get the thread back on track.

    You came into the discussion after we all ran amuck.

    Always remember, the title is not the argument; the OP presents the argument for debate.

    PS: ICANT has his own thread concerning his views on Gen 1 and 2.
    Creation as presented in Genesis chapters 1 and 2
    The originator didn't want to go that direction as we can see in Message 8 of that thread.

    Edited by AdminPD, : PS


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    Message 11 of 683 (581795)
    09-17-2010 3:03 PM
    Reply to: Message 10 by AdminPD
    09-17-2010 11:35 AM


    Re: genesis 1 vs 2 biblical inerrancy thread
    Hi PD,

    I admit I was confused about the distinction, too, so maybe if I give my understanding of it now it will help clarify.

    The originator of the Genesis 1 vs. Genesis 2 thread points to what look like contradictions between Genesis 1 and 2 and asks participants to assume, for the sake of discussion, that the contradictions are real. He then asks for a discussion about whether the contradictions call the inerrancy of the Bible into question.

    Is that pretty close?

    --Percy


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    Message 12 of 683 (581812)
    09-17-2010 4:18 PM
    Reply to: Message 11 by Percy
    09-17-2010 3:03 PM


    Re: genesis 1 vs 2 biblical inerrancy thread
    Generally. It's best if people read the OP

    Thanks
    AdminPD


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    Message 13 of 683 (581814)
    09-17-2010 4:49 PM
    Reply to: Message 11 by Percy
    09-17-2010 3:03 PM


    Re: genesis 1 vs 2 biblical inerrancy thread
    Actually, Percy, with respect, that's not what the OP says. Nor does the originator state in Msg #8 that he doesn't want to debate whether or not the accounts are contradictory.

    In fact, in the OP, after stating "Here is the argument," hepteract posts the two creation accounts, points out apparent contradictions, and says, "This contradiction seems to debunk the inerrancy of the bible. This thread is to provide a place for debate as to whether or not it actually does."

    In Msg 8 he merely declines to join ICANT's thread "because your thread explicitly states that the bible is the final authority. My thread explicitly states that the bible is being questioned. Therefore, the threads should remain separate."

    I see no cautioning against arguments for non-contradiction there.


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    Message 14 of 683 (581818)
    09-17-2010 5:14 PM
    Reply to: Message 13 by Omnivorous
    09-17-2010 4:49 PM


    Re: genesis 1 vs 2 biblical inerrancy thread
    I was only trying to make sure of what PD was saying. I wasn't agreeing and or disagreeing with her interpretation of what the thread is about.

    When oh when will I ever learn to mind my own business when it comes to the religious threads!!

    --Percy


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    Message 15 of 683 (581820)
    09-17-2010 5:24 PM
    Reply to: Message 14 by Percy
    09-17-2010 5:14 PM


    Re: genesis 1 vs 2 biblical inerrancy thread
    Percy writes:

    When oh when will I ever learn to mind my own business when it comes to the religious threads!!

    From your lips to my godless ears...

    Never mind.


    Have you ever been to an American wedding? Where's the vodka? Where's the marinated herring?!
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    Real things always push back.
    -William James


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