(..Or How science (doesn't) work..)
[ Update: 2012-06-22]
Rationalskeptics Skeptics all right - well, ..in a peculiarly obtuse way since they are jealously guarding the status quo - but anything but rational. It made for some fun reading - here and there.. for a bit, .. and for the pictures they sign themselves with, .. but mostly somewhat desolating for the demo of the quality of discourse, .. and the same tone that got them moderated off Dawkins site (the lot of them - moderators and all). I guess I was interested to see how it was getting on since earning my blue card for encouraging that wee guy with the nightie to talk dirty, .. since he did show some promise, and it did seem to be de rigeur and attract approval. If he was going to carry on that way he might as well do it properly, .. and benefit from some instruction..
Anyway, .. seems after all even without any help from me it's now gone into lockdown (p.285) .. Ostensibly for "multiple reports" (whatever that means), (and who's been 'reporting' - and for what? - the listed 'infringements' are laughable.) Not on account of 'Langwidge' evidently, since it's the moderators who have mostly been using it, ..when the wee guy takes a break.
Seems to me the real reason is because the resident ex-Dawkins cabal don't know what to do with Florian. I'd guess they've been talking to each other off-thread and agreed to shut it down. We'll see. It's how 'scientists' do it when the going against them gets tough. Good on you Florian. Two hundred and eighty five pages and virtually the only thing all these 'scientists' have been able to raise by way of argument against you is the 'no-mechanism' thing.
Some argument. They remind me of these people in sandwich-boards who have it on their T-shirts as well for when they take a coffee break. Probably have it tattooed up the sides of their necks too, .. in case the girlfriend asks them a hard question, .. or comes on strong. It's one of those phrases that can be bandied around.
Then somebody asks Florian what's his credentials as a scientist anyway (to be indulging them their pet bovver of ritualistic degradation) and then when he tells them he gets slated by the Metatron for "arguing from authority", and says he (F.) has no observational data. Evidently they don't think the ocean floors - or stratigraphic sequence are anything to be considered.
" The Metatron", .. What names these guys get for themselves ... evidently a moderator versed in expletives. I had to look it up, only to discover some regard him as the "highest of the angels serving as the celestial scribe". Eh? So they allow moderate language in Heaven as well? A real forward oufit there now? (And no, I don't have permission to quote that line either, so I guess I might have to moderate me off my own blog if I'm not careful.)
And whatever you do don't put a mountain in front of them or they'll jump at the chance to show off they actually learned something in school about "colliding crust" .. or something equally daft.
Pity about the lockdown. It was entertainment .. for a bit.