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  • Who's a Kook?

    Well, all of us are. It's not possible for one person's beliefs to be perfectly inline with everyone else's so inevitably someone will think someone else is a kook based on their beliefs.

    It's an easy shorthand for us to use to dismiss those propositions that we don't think deserve our investigation. Now, not every proposition does deserve exploration - and no one has enough time to investigate every proposition. Many we accept on the strength of the source; some we accept merely barring contrary evidence and many we reject out of hand because they conflict with what we think is probable or true. No problem there - as long as we realize that's what we're doing.

    The problem occurs when we transfer the disbelief in a 'kooky' idea to the labeling of the advocate - minus any actual investigation on our part. If we're lucky, it really isn't a defensible proposition and we don't get egg all over ourselves. If not, we look like idiots. In BOTH cases, we've treated someone else unfairly - and shouldn't be overly surprised when they refuse to give our propositions fair hearing.

    I don't accept that UFO's are alien spacecraft. I don't find the evidence I've seen compelling enough that I'm willing to invest serious time in studying it further. I DO NOT believe I have thereby disproven anything because I haven't. I merely retain a somewhat informed opinion that serves my own purposes only. You won't find me debating the topic because I already know I haven't bothered doing the homework. I personally dismiss the possibility - but that's just personal opinion. You also won't find me calling advocates 'kooks' - or any other derogatory term. I think they are wrong, mistaken or just deceived but if I haven't the inclination to really look at their evidence or arguments by what right do I make assertions about those claims? That's right - none. I have only my opinion, to which I am perfectly entitled, but not the necessary research to support my contention, and I am not entitled to unsupported assertions of fact.

    It's okay to not investigate every possible topic - no one can, anyway. It's NOT okay to mistake your opinion for fact. We Christians get this all the time - how many times a day do we see some idiotic 'But Jesus would/would not' argument that is totally without support in Scripture? Yeah, I can't count that high, either. We hate those things - no one wants to spend time dealing with straw men, let alone be labelled by them. Atheists get similar ill informed at best nonsense spouted at them, too. It's not unique to any group but it is avoidable.

    Think before you debate - how do I know this? I once saw a documentary on Bigfoot therefore I'm an expert on simians? Er, maybe I should tread a little lightly here.

    It would be no fun at all if we never engaged topics in which we aren't expert - and I'm not suggesting that we should become experts in all topics. Just be aware of your level of expertise when you take on an interesting topic and don't mistakenly declare your opinion as fact.

    Yep, I have to work on this, too!

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    So it would be inappropriate to start listing names here, right?
    "I am not angered that the Moral Majority boys campaign against abortion. I am angry when the same men who say, "Save OUR children" bellow "Build more and bigger bombers." That's right! Blast the children in other nations into eternity, or limbless misery as they lay crippled from "OUR" bombers! This does not jell." - Leonard Ravenhill

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    • #3
      You mean starting with yours?

      "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose." - Jim Elliot


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      • #4
        Originally posted by Teallaura View Post
        Just be aware of your level of expertise when you take on an interesting topic and don't mistakenly declare your opinion as fact.
        So what's your level of expertise on kooks?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Paprika View Post
          So what's your level of expertise on kooks?
          Pretty high - I've been talking with you a lot lately...


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          • #6
            Originally posted by Teallaura View Post
            Pretty high - I've been talking with you a lot lately...

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            • #7
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              That's what
              - She

              Without a clear-cut definition of sin, morality becomes a mere argument over the best way to train animals
              - Manya the Holy Szin (The Quintara Marathon)

              I may not be as old as dirt, but me and dirt are starting to have an awful lot in common
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              • #8
                Well at least I am not a kook.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Sparko View Post
                  Well at least I am not a kook.
                  Kook.

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                  • #10
                    Which is kookier?

                    Living with in a house full of cats and other animals, slowly becoming a reclusive cat lady, or being a pirate who lives thousands of miles from the nearest ocea...

                    never mind.


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                    • #11
                      Are Canadianstani kooks Canukooks?

                      I'm always still in trouble again

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Sparko View Post
                        Which is kookier?

                        Living with in a house full of cats and other animals, slowly becoming a reclusive cat lady, or being a pirate who lives thousands of miles from the nearest ocea...

                        never mind.

                        Have you been to Boston in the fall?
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Christianbookworm View Post
                          Have you been to Boston in the fall?
                          Boston? why would anyone want to go to Boston? It is full of yankees.

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                          • #14
                            besides I can't be a kook. I can barely work a microwave oven.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Christianbookworm View Post
                              Have you been to Boston in the fall?
                              I have!! I even took this picture!!

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                              That's what
                              - She

                              Without a clear-cut definition of sin, morality becomes a mere argument over the best way to train animals
                              - Manya the Holy Szin (The Quintara Marathon)

                              I may not be as old as dirt, but me and dirt are starting to have an awful lot in common
                              Stephen R. Donaldson

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