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    Time to do a Christopher Hitchens thread I think.

    IMHO the more his thoughts are collected together and made available the better it is.

    Many will decry this.
    Some may applaud it.
    But, if it means one more person reads and listens and, perhaps thinks, then it's all good.

    Thinking is good.

    Probably.

    So, to kick off;

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    Now there was one guy who could carry a debate, also his Mother Teresa takedown of the old fraud was perfect.
    Wish he was still around to take on the snowflake generation and the PC bullshit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reddog View Post
    Now there was one guy who could carry a debate, also his Mother Teresa takedown of the old fraud was perfect.
    Wish he was still around to take on the snowflake generation and the PC bullshit.
    Amen.

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    Seems you spend a lot of time listening to and absorbing other's opinions on things JJ.

    Just an observation with no malice intended.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loy Toy View Post
    Seems you spend a lot of time listening to and absorbing other's opinions on things JJ.

    Just an observation with no malice intended.

    Yes indeed.
    I enjoy reading, learning, thinking, seeking to understand alternative views.
    To me the delight and, if you will, honour, of being able to retire is the fact that one can finally dedicate ones time to learning and seeking to understand the wisdom of others.

    There's a huge world of knowledge, experience, thought and emotion out there.

    I delight in wallowing in the experiences of folk like Joshua Slocombe, Christopher Hitchens, Stephen Fry, Charles Bukowski, Charles Dickens. and so on and so on and so on.

    It's called learning LT.

    To be able to spend ones time swimming in the seas of thought and intellect and artistic performance is a delight, a pleasure and an obsession for me at least.

    There's so much I don't know. So many books I haven't read. So many pieces of music I haven't spent time on. Time is short. There are so many things to see, read and hear.

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    Hitchens's razor.

    "What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence."

    Sums it up for me.

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    Absolutely;

    The concept is named, echoing Occam's razor, for the journalist and writer Christopher Hitchens, who in a 2003 Slate article formulated it thus: "What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence".[1][2] The dictum also appears in God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, a book by Hitchens published in 2007.[3]
    Hitchens's razor is actually an English translation of the Latin proverb "Quod gratis asseritur, gratis negatur" ("What is freely asserted is freely dismissed"), which was commonly used in the 19th century.[4][5] It takes a stronger stance than the Sagan standard ("Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence"), instead applying to even non-extraordinary claims.



    Well said Norts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crackerjack101 View Post
    It's called learning LT.
    Indeed it is JJ.

    Enjoy your journey JJ.

    i learn from personal experiences from across a broad spectrum of attempts at trying and doing things myself.

    We all set out our own paths in life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loy Toy View Post
    Indeed it is JJ.

    Enjoy your journey JJ.

    i learn from personal experiences from across a broad spectrum of attempts at trying and doing things myself.

    We all set out our own paths in life.
    Good for you.
    Mine doesn't happen to include pies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crackerjack101 View Post
    Mine doesn't happen to include pies.
    Get Khun Joy to speak to my wife about that JJ.

    i couldn't make a pie even if my life depended upon it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loy Toy View Post
    Get Khun Joy to speak to my wife about that JJ.

    i couldn't make a pie even if my life depended upon it!
    No, I don't think so.
    Not really a world Joy or I would want to get involved in.
    You just keep doing your thing and we'll watch on in admiration.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crackerjack101 View Post
    You just keep doing your thing and we'll watch on in admiration.
    Well that is dandy and thanks for that.

    Until you mention it on another thread but I will just assume you are still voicing your admiration of my wife's talent.

    God speed to full recovery JJ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loy Toy View Post
    Well that is dandy and thanks for that.

    Until you mention it on another thread but I will just assume you are still voicing your admiration of my wife's talent.

    God speed to full recovery JJ.
    With the greatest respect LT I have never voiced any admiration for your wife's talent.
    Neither I nor my wife have ever met her and we know nothing of her.

    Equally we don't really know anything about you, other than third hand claims and rumors and the iniquitous world of the internet.

    I suppose there are the second aspects of knowledge from second hand acquaintances which, to be fair are vague at best.

    Real understanding and knowledge of one an other comes only through close up, intense intellectual interaction.
    That doesn't, or so it appears to me, to happen on the interweb

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    Back onto the thread;

    This debate was fantastic.

    Quite sublime;


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    By the way, Hitch 22 is a great read.

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    I cry when I watch this.

    What a loss.
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    Almost cult-like.

    Hmmmm.....


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