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Reply Tue 1 Dec, 2009 09:36 pm
Hello folks. My name is, unsurprisingly, Robert and I currently live in Costa Rica but grew up in the US, Brazil and Japan (among other countries).

I'm looking forward to getting to know the rest of you around on the boards.
 
Leonard
 
Reply Tue 1 Dec, 2009 09:39 pm
@Robert phil,
Welcome to the forum Robert.
 
Zetherin
 
Reply Tue 1 Dec, 2009 09:56 pm
@Robert phil,
For those of you who don't know, Robert is the new owner of this site -- Justin sold it to him a few days ago.

Let's all give him a big warm welcome and some support for taking the reigns of such an endeavor!

Glad to have you on board, Robert!
 
Robert phil
 
Reply Tue 1 Dec, 2009 10:30 pm
@Zetherin,
I've been outed! :-)

Anyone want to give me the lay of the land? For example, is this a predominantly theist forum? Or a predominantly atheist forum? Or is it pretty evenly divided? What about politics, does the board lean left or right?
 
Theaetetus
 
Reply Tue 1 Dec, 2009 11:54 pm
@Robert phil,
It is pretty evenly divided on both. We have many theists, atheists, and agnostics alike. We also have many libertarians, communists, socialists, and a handful of conservatives out there. In general they play nice with each other, and for the most part, agree to disagree while conversing amongst each other.
 
VideCorSpoon
 
Reply Wed 2 Dec, 2009 12:05 am
@Theaetetus,
Hey Robert! Welcome to the forum!

I honestly think the forum is evenly divided. I think that's the best part about the forum though. You get Atheists, Theists, Buddhists, Muslims, Agnostics, and the occasional follower of FSM (Flying Spaghetti monster). It's actually sorta neat that way, all you have to do is go look up a thread and start getting into the omnipotent powers of spaghetti and meatballs. LOL! If philosophy forum were a bag of nuts, it would be Chinese trail mix. Are there any nuts in Chinese trail mix you ask? In this case... yes... yes there is. LOL!

As far as politics are concerned, I would probably argue a majority of the members on this forum lean left (my right). That's certainly not a bad thing though, in fact, I would think you get a more diverse perspective from that side of the aisle.

What about you? What are your philosophical interests?
 
Justin
 
Reply Wed 2 Dec, 2009 12:59 pm
@Robert phil,
Welcome Robert!

Videcor has pretty much summarized it up above. The forum is fairly evenly split. I have a feeling there are more atheists than theists though but not by large margins. We're definitely a mixed bag of 'nuts' here, and now you're just another nut like the rest of us. LOL.

Thanks for your introduction and we all look forward to your taking of the helm and seeing whats in store for the future. Feel free to ask any questions you'd like.
 
Pangloss
 
Reply Wed 2 Dec, 2009 03:15 pm
@Robert phil,
I would agree that the board is quite even and balanced, though it probably tends to lean a bit more to the left than the right in political views, and it also tends to be more atheist or agnostic than theist.
 
Robert phil
 
Reply Wed 2 Dec, 2009 07:58 pm
@VideCorSpoon,
VideCorSpoon;107512 wrote:
What about you? What are your philosophical interests?


There's precious little that I am not interested in, however you could say that my philosophical interests are primarily concerned with logic and ethics.

As far as my personal beliefs and leanings I am an atheist (though I don't have a problem with theists) and mostly lean left (a bit of a fiscal conservative but social liberal).
 
Aedes
 
Reply Wed 2 Dec, 2009 10:24 pm
@Robert phil,
Robert;107506 wrote:
Anyone want to give me the lay of the land? For example, is this a predominantly theist forum? Or a predominantly atheist forum? Or is it pretty evenly divided? What about politics, does the board lean left or right?
What I'd say is that there are strong opinions on both sides (of both debates, political and religious), and there are a number of flexible peacemakers in the middle. I don't know that the board has a character about it. Always a challenge to keep the sparks from flying and to foster a debate that can be feisty without being offensive.
 
VideCorSpoon
 
Reply Wed 2 Dec, 2009 11:36 pm
@Robert phil,
Robert;107697 wrote:
There's precious little that I am not interested in, however you could say that my philosophical interests are primarily concerned with logic and ethics.

As far as my personal beliefs and leanings I am an atheist (though I don't have a problem with theists) and mostly lean left (a bit of a fiscal conservative but social liberal).
Metaphysics for ( although positing a pantheistic framework) thinking abstractly and outside the box. So logic, ethics, and religion can all work together somewhat harmoniously even if we think one aspect is wrong.
 
soz phil
 
Reply Thu 3 Dec, 2009 07:13 pm
@VideCorSpoon,
VideCorSpoon;107512 wrote:
You get Atheists, Theists, Buddhists, Muslims, Agnostics, and the occasional follower of FSM (Flying Spaghetti monster).


Hey, gotta love FSM. Bless His noodly appendages.

I'm a newbie too, since I'm here because of Robert I've jumped on his thread -- let me know if I should start my own.

Nice to hear that there is such a wide range of viewpoints on this forum -- that tends to make for the most interesting discussions.
 
Zetherin
 
Reply Thu 3 Dec, 2009 08:50 pm
@soz phil,
soz;107973 wrote:
Hey, gotta love FSM. Bless His noodly appendages.

I'm a newbie too, since I'm here because of Robert I've jumped on his thread -- let me know if I should start my own.

Nice to hear that there is such a wide range of viewpoints on this forum -- that tends to make for the most interesting discussions.


It's a pleasure to have you, soz. A friend of Robert's is a friend of ours.

Please, don't hesitate to jump right into any number of the great discussions we have going on! I hope you enjoy your stay!
 
IntoTheLight
 
Reply Thu 3 Dec, 2009 09:00 pm
@Robert phil,
Robert;107506 wrote:
I've been outed! :-)


I was wondering how someone who just joined became Admin... =)

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Anyone want to give me the lay of the land? For example, is this a predominantly theist forum? Or a predominantly atheist forum? Or is it pretty evenly divided? What about politics, does the board lean left or right?


We really have all kinds here. It seems that we're evenly split between atheist / agnostic / theist. Politically, we've got just about everything, though most people are fairly moderate.

Welcome to the forum.
 
Justin
 
Reply Fri 4 Dec, 2009 08:18 am
@IntoTheLight,
IntoTheLight;108001 wrote:
I was wondering how someone who just joined became Admin... =)

You didn't see that option when you signed up? LOL, just kidding. Robert is the new owner so he'll be the new administrator.
 
salima
 
Reply Sat 12 Dec, 2009 02:57 pm
@Robert phil,
Robert;107499 wrote:
Hello folks. My name is, unsurprisingly, Robert and I currently live in Costa Rica but grew up in the US, Brazil and Japan (among other countries).

I'm looking forward to getting to know the rest of you around on the boards.


so you did introduce yourself! i think i miss a lot being in the other end of the time zone.

welcome again, and thanks for telling us something about yourself. good to have a global citizen. so what kind of music do you like? seems to go with philosophy...
 
 

 
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