Letter To Skeptics

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Letter To Skeptics

Post by davidelkins » Sat Apr 22, 2017 9:17 pm

Dear Fellow Skeptics,

It is the purpose of this letter, to discuss the dangers of what I call Partialism, which is a pseudoscientific fallacy. Partialism is the claim that a person is not who they are.
Examples of Partialism:
If someone claims that another person is only in the left side of their body.
If someone claims that another person is a blood circulation system.
If someone claims that another person is a freckle.

These are algorithms which are used to confuse, torment and destroy other people. There are many such possible algorithms that might be used in various combinations against a torture victim. The algorithms will need to be decombusted using science and mathematics.

Sincerely, David Elkins,

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Re: Letter To Skeptics

Post by Gawdzilla Sama » Sat Apr 22, 2017 9:40 pm

Who does that?
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Re: Letter To Skeptics

Post by Gord » Sat Apr 22, 2017 11:30 pm

Gawdzilla Sama wrote:Who does that?
*cough*

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Re: Letter To Skeptics

Post by Matthew Ellard » Sat Apr 22, 2017 11:45 pm

davidelkins wrote:If someone claims that another person is only in the left side of their body.
If someone claims that another person is a blood circulation system.
If someone claims that another person is a freckle.

These are algorithms which are used to confuse, torment and destroy other people.
These claim are more of the nature of the delusions of someone suffering schizophrenia. It has nothing to do with skepticism.

Can you offer us an example of anyone posting these claims?

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Re: Letter To Skeptics

Post by Nobrot » Sun Apr 23, 2017 1:46 am

Google tells me the term is shagging related.

I was right: Tentmaker

http://www.tentmaker.org/Dew/Dew7/D7-Ch ... alism.html

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Re: Letter To Skeptics

Post by Gord » Sun Apr 23, 2017 2:48 am

davidelkins wrote:The algorithms will need to be decombusted using science and mathematics.
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.p ... =decombust
decombust
/dee-cum-bust/

Verb

Unconsume by fire.
• to be unconsumed by fire

Origin
LATIN
Uncomburere
Unburn up

LATIN
Uncombustus

ENGLISH
uncombust
Unburned,
Uncalcined
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Re: Letter To Skeptics

Post by Poodle » Sun Apr 23, 2017 5:54 am

Extremely loose use of the term 'algorithms', OP.
It's the back of the class for you again. Off you go.

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Re: Letter To Skeptics

Post by OlegTheBatty » Mon Apr 24, 2017 6:58 pm

L

:scratch: you say?

I am a skeptic, and to me, that is a letter.
Spoiler:
There are others!
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Re: Letter To Skeptics

Post by bobbo_the_Pragmatist » Tue Apr 25, 2017 2:57 am

davidelkins wrote:Dear Fellow Skeptics,

It is the purpose of this letter, to discuss the dangers of what I call Partialism, ....
Looks like made up BS to me.
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Re: Letter To Skeptics

Post by Gord » Wed Apr 26, 2017 1:09 am

bobbo_the_Pragmatist wrote:
davidelkins wrote:Dear Fellow Skeptics,

It is the purpose of this letter, to discuss the dangers of what I call Partialism, ....
Looks like made up BS to me.
No no, it's a real thing: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Partialism
Partialism is sexual interest with an exclusive focus on a specific part of the body other than the genitals. Partialism is categorized as a fetishistic disorder in the DSM-5 of the American Psychiatric Association only if it causes significant psychosocial distress for the person or has detrimental effects on important areas of their life. In the DSM-IV, it was considered a separate paraphilia (not otherwise specified), but was merged into fetishistic disorder by the DSM-5. Individuals with partialism sometimes describe the anatomy of interest to them as having equal or greater erotic attraction for them as do the genitals.
It's deadly serious. And don't call me Shirley.
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"Imagine an ennobling of what could be" -- the New Age BS Generator site
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Re: Letter To Skeptics

Post by Nobrot » Wed Apr 26, 2017 2:11 am

Gord wrote:...It's deadly serious. And don't call me Shirley...
Was it you a bit since looking for a new term for ignite? Well we've found it.

Undecombust.

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Re: Letter To Skeptics

Post by Gord » Wed Apr 26, 2017 7:36 pm

Nobrot wrote:
Gord wrote:...It's deadly serious. And don't call me Shirley...
Was it you a bit since looking for a new term for ignite? Well we've found it.

Undecombust.
I hope it wasn't me. My parole officer would be unpleased.
"Knowledge grows through infinite timelessness" -- the random fictional Deepak Chopra quote site
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Re: Letter To Skeptics

Post by scrmbldggs » Wed Apr 26, 2017 11:51 pm

I think it was demonster.
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Re: Letter To Skeptics

Post by Gord » Thu Apr 27, 2017 12:50 am

What was he trying to demonsterate?
"Knowledge grows through infinite timelessness" -- the random fictional Deepak Chopra quote site
"Imagine an ennobling of what could be" -- the New Age BS Generator site
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Re: Letter To Skeptics

Post by scrmbldggs » Thu Apr 27, 2017 1:46 am

Disigniting.
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Re: Letter To Skeptics

Post by Gawdzilla Sama » Thu Apr 27, 2017 10:36 pm

combustion challenged.
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Re: Letter To Skeptics

Post by Monster » Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:34 pm

Nobrot wrote:
Wed Apr 26, 2017 2:11 am
Gord wrote:...It's deadly serious. And don't call me Shirley...
Was it you a bit since looking for a new term for ignite? Well we've found it.

Undecombust.
'Twas me.
Listening twice as much as you speak is a sign of wisdom.

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Re: Letter To Skeptics

Post by Gord » Sat Nov 10, 2018 8:47 pm

Monster wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:34 pm
Nobrot wrote:
Wed Apr 26, 2017 2:11 am
Gord wrote:...It's deadly serious. And don't call me Shirley...
Was it you a bit since looking for a new term for ignite? Well we've found it.

Undecombust.
'Twas me.
How'd I get here?
"Knowledge grows through infinite timelessness" -- the random fictional Deepak Chopra quote site
"Imagine an ennobling of what could be" -- the New Age BS Generator site
"You are also taking my words out of context." -- Justin
"Nullius in verba" -- The Royal Society ["take nobody's word for it"]
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Re: Letter To Skeptics

Post by Wordbird » Sat Nov 10, 2018 9:47 pm

Gawdzilla Sama wrote:
Sat Apr 22, 2017 9:40 pm
Who does that?
I've done it twice today already. I've (successfully, I might add) claimed that a cat's back half is a different person from that same cat's front half.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJaqpr4unzM

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Re: Letter To Skeptics

Post by OlegTheBatty » Sat Nov 10, 2018 9:57 pm

Gord wrote:
Sat Nov 10, 2018 8:47 pm
Monster wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:34 pm
Nobrot wrote:
Wed Apr 26, 2017 2:11 am
Gord wrote:...It's deadly serious. And don't call me Shirley...
Was it you a bit since looking for a new term for ignite? Well we've found it.

Undecombust.
'Twas me.
How'd I get here?
It all started when an egg and a sperm linked their DNA into chromosomes.
. . . with the satisfied air of a man who thinks he has an idea of his own because he has commented on the idea of another . . . - Alexandre Dumas 'The Count of Monte Cristo"

There is no statement so absurd that it has not been uttered by some philosopher. - Cicero

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Re: Letter To Skeptics

Post by Tom Palven » Sat Nov 10, 2018 10:15 pm

OlegTheBatty wrote:
Sat Nov 10, 2018 9:57 pm
Gord wrote:
Sat Nov 10, 2018 8:47 pm
Monster wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:34 pm
Nobrot wrote:
Wed Apr 26, 2017 2:11 am
Gord wrote:...It's deadly serious. And don't call me Shirley...
Was it you a bit since looking for a new term for ignite? Well we've found it.

Undecombust.
'Twas me.
How'd I get here?
It all started when an egg and a sperm linked their DNA into chromosomes.

Even before that, but I don't want to get graphic.
If one can be taught to believe absurdities, one can commit atrocities. --Voltaire

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Re: Letter To Skeptics

Post by Gord » Sat Nov 10, 2018 11:03 pm

Tom Palven wrote:
Sat Nov 10, 2018 10:15 pm
OlegTheBatty wrote:
Sat Nov 10, 2018 9:57 pm
Gord wrote:
Sat Nov 10, 2018 8:47 pm
Monster wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:34 pm
Nobrot wrote:
Wed Apr 26, 2017 2:11 am
Gord wrote:...It's deadly serious. And don't call me Shirley...
Was it you a bit since looking for a new term for ignite? Well we've found it.

Undecombust.
'Twas me.
How'd I get here?
It all started when an egg and a sperm linked their DNA into chromosomes.

Even before that, but I don't want to get graphic.
I hear it goes back 6000 years.
"Knowledge grows through infinite timelessness" -- the random fictional Deepak Chopra quote site
"Imagine an ennobling of what could be" -- the New Age BS Generator site
"You are also taking my words out of context." -- Justin
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Re: Letter To Skeptics

Post by landrew » Sun Nov 11, 2018 12:20 am

My dear mother used to call it partialism when I picked certain things off my plate and left the rest. She was right and it also made me bad at researching things properly.
The job of a skeptic is to investigate the unexplained; not to explain the uninvestigated.