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Civility On The Forum -- Are These Taken Out Of Context?

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Posted by M.W.Pearson on November 11, 2002 05:04:43 UTC

Cosmotiger On Rigorous, Independent Thinking:
Nobody tells me what to be OR what to think, even if they claim to know the truth.
I don't really have time to do exhaustive research on this subject, seeing as how I have a take-home test due on Monday.

Cosmotiger on Knowledge and Discipline
“You seem very enamored precision and exactness. Not that there's anything wrong with this, I just work in a field (astrophysics) where such things are impossible. We have only general concepts from which to work.”
“I don't think I said anything specific that required exhaustive research. You're trying to construct a thesis while I'm trying to have a casual argument.
“The point is that the substance of my argument does not require we know all the details. In fact, too many details can sometimes be confusing and distracting.”

Cosmotiger On Morality, Decency, and Fairness
“As for my opinions about human nature, I assure you that those are firmly based on many, many other examples of both day-to-day experiences and history.”
“You seem to have no sense of humanity or decency, all you do is dance around and try to hit people where it hurts them most….
“And don't expect me to give you a long list of evidence for the things I said above. They're all true and you know that they're true.
“In fact, I'm not going to respond to anymore of your posts unless they're non-confrontational, meaningful, and well thought out.”
I suppose I consider it less important to know exactly what was violated and when, particularly when forming a moral argument...
“Can I prove this? Of course not, nobody can. It's history. “

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