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Russell Smith
Works at DisciplesNet
Attended Christian Theological Seminary
Lives in Indianapolis, IN
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As Bud said, "most, but not all."
 
Most, not all... :o) 
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for the browncoat fans among us
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True open-mindedness is not the property of any ideology or philosophy.  It doesn't dwell in any form of theism or atheism.  It isn't even the quality of a scientific mind.
Open-mindedness is two things:
The willingness to conceive that other folks have different views of reality and that doesn't make them ignorant, stupid, deceived, or evil and the humility to recognize that you don't know it all and might actually learn from someone who holds a different point of view.
From this stems a third, very important property:  The willingness to converse with others without dismissing or even mischaracterizing their points of view.
I'm amazed at how much I've learned from idiots and heretics. :)
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"Let's be clear: the work of science has nothing whatever to do with consensus.  Consensus is the business of politics.  Science, on the contrary, requires only one investigator who happens to be right, which means that he or she has results that are verifiable by reference to the real world.  In science, consensus is irrelevant.  What is relevant is reproducible results.  The greatest scientists in history are great precisely because they broke with the consensus.
There is no such thing as consensus science.  If it's consensus, it isn't science.  If it's science, it isn't consensus.  Period."
-- Michael Crichton
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Now if we could just educate the media as to the difference...
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The statistician in me would like to point out that one data point in a person's demographic does not constitute any sort of causality.  The scientist in me would like to point out that any hypothesis needs to be reality-tested.  We cannot make decisions on assumptions of what just looks true.  The pastor in me is simply praying and listening.
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Be warned, this has the potential to become a series. Of bad jokes. With similar punchlines. Hey, we could call it #spideyFriday !

With apologies to Andrew Garfield. I liked his movie, I really did, but Kirsten Dunst wasn't in it. Yes, Emma Stone, I know, but KIRSTEN DUNST!
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I would very much like to see more of this sort of thing.  I learned very early that my religious freedom is strengthened and protected by strengthening and protecting other folks' religious freedom.
 
For my friend +James Fierce .. this is how most Egyptians act with each other. This is how we live together and how we will forever be. The unlawful fascist "MB" will never make us apart..
Viva Egypt..
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"I cannot educate you." is the last retort of the incompetent.  As a rule, it means that the person who utters this may has stopped listening.  They might think they have more to say, but it's moot.  You cannot converse, let alone educate, when you aren't listening.  You cannot educate unless you start from where the person is and you cannot know that if you will not listen.
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Minister for an Online Church
Skills
web programming, databases, social media, software and hardware training
Employment
  • DisciplesNet
    Senior Associate Minister, 2012 - present
  • Kelly Services, Inc.
    Test Evaluator, 2011 - 2011
  • Fry's Electronics
    Electronic Component Sales, 2008 - 2010
  • Self-employed
    Computer Consultant, 1997 - 2008
  • University Park Christian Church
    Student Associate Minister, 1995 - 1996
  • Old Bethel United Methodist Church
    Youth Pastor/Student Minister, 1993 - 1995
  • Reliable Micro-Computer Solutions
    Programmer/Consultant, 1991 - 1992
  • Computer Graphic Images
    Macintosh Programmer, 1990 - 1991
  • Confidential Financial Services
    Computer Programmer, 1989 - 1990
  • Assurance Associates
    Computer Programmer, 1981 - 1982
  • Delta College
    Computer Consultant, 1978 - 1980
  • Comcast
    IP Tech CAE, 2011 - 2011
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Indianapolis, IN
Previously
Midland, MI
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Equal parts minister and computer consultant
Education
  • Christian Theological Seminary
    MDiv, 1992 - 1996
  • Central Michigan University
    Computer Science/Math, 1980 - 1992
  • Delta College
    Math/Computer Science, 1977 - 1979
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