Wow.We've covered a lot of ground in the last few weeks. I've been keeping a running list of topics explored and terms defined on this thread in November, which is doubtless incomplete. If you or anybody else missed a few of these and would like to see them, I can find the links for them. It's one long list, but I've broken it up for readability:
Rational skepticism, freethinking, atheism versus agnosticism, organized religion versus personal religion, belief versus belief in, evil versus malice, science versus pseudoscience, hypothesis versus scientific theory,
the scientific method and the larger scientific vetting process, skepticism for science and medicine with an emphasis on the history of the idea of spontaneous generation, the definition of biological evolution, adaptive versus convergent evolution, chemical synthesis, the Higgs boson as confirmed scientific prophecy, what is a planet,
the functional (operational) definition of a Christian, prescriptive versus descriptive lexicography, the equivocation fallacy, reductio ad absurdum, the law of noncontradiction, two meaning of respect, two meanings of faith, open- and closed mindedness, submission versus autonomy, infantilism versus self-actualization, mature versus infantile love, spirituality versus spiritualism,
the supernatural, the self and ego, intelligence versus intellect and wisdom, dialectic versus sophistry, arrogance, special pleading, analysis, logical positivism, analytic philosophy, the philosophy of language, verificationism, framing and the use of language like pro-life and pro-choice, premise versus pseudopremise, conclusion verses pseudoconclusion, reverse argument, valid argument versus sound argument, analytic truth and tautology,
mutually exclusive complements, accuracy versus precision, meta-time and thinking out of time, the Gish gallop, psychological doubt versus intellectual / philosophical doubt, solipsism, the zero-energy universe, the Turing test, the evolutionary basis of the religious instinct (the god need ) and its relationship to childhood / tribal instincts,
Maslows hierarchy of needs, evidence for abiogenesis, geologic time and the conditions on early earth, universal common ancestor, capitalism versus greed, subtypes of political conservatives, functional versus anatomical brain scanning, metacognition, Forer effect, Dunning Kruger effect, subjective validation, confirmation bias, antiprocess, bounded rationality, identifying where democracy is present and when it is gone,
discerning how can we distinguish when a group is reporting experience objectively or with skewed perceptions, whether science can rule out an actively intervening or logically impossible god, the problems with American medicine, controlled medical trials,
and assorted word lists such as comical words (quibberdick, mome, breedbate, snool, and snoutband), paraphilias, medical terms for common bodily functions, adjectives describing family relationships and the cardinal directions, assorted words about criticism (calumny, impugn, etc.), religious apo words, and roofing terms.
I don't think that there are too many more interesting and more useful discussions going on on the Internet.
Most of the internet is whining about Obama.