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John R. Ellis
Not to mention apophasis - my favorite paralipsis. And you can't Reason with Delusion.
Not to mention apophasis - my favorite paralipsis. And you can't Reason with Delusion.

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New Pinned Post - Social Media Alternatives

I've been on G+ since it opened to Public joining in 2011, and no other social media apart from Nextdoor. However, the horrid garish non-functional new user interface being forced on us is just too much, so I'm checking out other social media now. Here is a copy of my Bio from Minds, with a variety of links for your consideration:

Bio: Bayesian Scientific Skeptic / Sceptic, Atheist, Humanist, Critical Thinking, Science & Technology, Science-based Medicine (retired Neurologist), Internet Triangulator and Sarcastic Curmudgeon from the Baby Boomer Generation.

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You can't reason with delusion.

Not to mention apophasis - my favorite paralipsis.

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds.

Trust no one. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

All Skeptics are Atheists. Not all Atheists are Skeptics. Be Skeptical.

You are entitled to your own opinions, but not to your own (made up) facts.

Facebook is about Friends and Family. Twitter is about Events. Google+ is about Topics and Information. Nextdoor is about Neighbors. Secular Nest is about Secular Humanism. Minds and Emenator are about Freedom of Expression without censorship. Cheers!

The image link broke on my prior post about joining Facebook, so posting a new one. Here is my FB Profile Link:


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Happy St. Valentine's Day from The Donald!

When a sociopathic narcissist gives you hir heart - that's really "SPECIAL". NTTIAWWT, of course. ;-)

H/T: Via Milo via The Diva in Advocates

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Happy Darwin Day!

#DarwinDay #Evolution

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Why is February so short?

Interesting brief synopsis of how January and February came to exist in the calendar system used by most Americans.


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Job Swap - Trading Places Concept

“Hey Donald, I have a great idea,” Schwarzenegger said. “Why don’t we switch jobs? You take over TV, since you’re such an expert at ratings, and I take over your job so people can finally sleep comfortably again.” I second the motion.

#RHAP #RealityTV #CelebrityApprentice 

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Big Data Mining

Very interesting article on how Big Data was mined to influence the Brexit vote and the Trump election. The company discussed has a psychological profile of every adult in USA.

#BigData #OCEAN

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IMPORTANT MESSAGE: To Join this Public Community as a member, do not just click the Ask-to-Join button - but ALSO Private Message (private G+ post, not a hangout or email) +John R. Ellis with a request for Approval, and include a link to at least one community you Own or Moderate. Thanks.


FAQs about G+ and G+ Communities:
3.33 Billion current accounts
~ 1.0 M more accounts added daily
4.9 Million current Communities
~7400 new Communities created daily

Resulting in these:

Current G+ Community O/M Issues

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*Reminder - be sure to check the information posted in the community About Section for answers to Frequently Asked Questions here.

TIP - To alphabetize your membership list, go to Membership Search and type in: Quote, Bang, Apostrophe - i.e.: [ "!' ]. Should alphabetizes the entire membership list! However, we need to be able to sort by New Members first too.

"New Posts" number is missing or wildly wrong. Mods no longer can see that there are posts to the community if they are in Spam filter, unless they enter the community and check. Number indicates a new post, but it can be hours later before it is actually displayed in the community.

Moderators should be able to set a default order (top posts vs chronological) for their community. Defaulting everything to Popularity "top posts" has been a fiasco.

O/M do NOT see all posts or comments by members who block them, and it is too hard to determine who blocks the Mods now.

We need the ability to Remove, report, and ban at the comment level with the option to remove ALL content from the poster. That means ALL comments and ALL posts.

Need ability to BULK approve and reject applicants for membership, and bulk remove old invitations.

Trolls and hackers still hijacking communities. TRUST NO ONE!

Notifications not working well, and disappear when you try to read them. This link might help you recover the lost ones:

It is too difficult to find the About Section or the Categories in the new UI.

We need the ability to move posts to correct categories on mobile, not just desktop.

Feel free to use the comment section of this post to bring up new questions or new issues, especially if you don't think it needs a full post in the community.

Updated January 26, 2017.

#Community #Problems 


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"Science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time -- when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness." -Carl Sagan, astronomer and author (1934-1996)

#Science #Skepticism
H/T: +Anu Garg at AWAD

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Skeptical Connotations

I mentioned recently that I think we are losing the war for the use of the word "skeptic". Article below another brick in the wall. If I say I am a "Scientific Skeptic" - that is a good thing, using scientific method to establish facts, implying Bayesian reasoning for changing my mind on issues, and not a credulous idiot in general. If I say I am a "Science Skeptic" - I am a moron. Those terms are just too close for comfort, and the great unwashed masses can't tell the difference.
From the link:
"the deposition is to construe evidence in identity-congruent rather than truth-congruent ways, a state of disorientation that is pretty symmetric across the political spectrum."

#IrrSkep   #Skeptic   #Skepticism  
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