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Re: My correspondence with DragonCon re: participating next year

Postby ProfWag » 25 Sep 2009, 00:51

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Re: My correspondence with DragonCon re: participating next year

Postby Scepcop » 27 Sep 2009, 01:00

BTW, another thing.

It's silly of you skeptics to think that just cause Michael Shermer is on TV and radio a lot, that he must be smarter and more skillful than other skeptics. Just cause someone is on TV or interviewed by the media a lot does not make him smarter or more intellectual/intelligent. I've had far deeper/intellectual discussions in youth hostels and pubs than what I see on Nightline, This Week with David Brinkley, Lou Dobbs, Larry King, etc. You have to remember that the media is dumbed down and biased. They want you to be a simpleton freak who only lives to work, consume and mind his own business. The media preaches that all you need is a job and your life is fulfilled and happy (yet look at all the grumpy irritable overweight people in this country who live in fear and paranoia! obviously the media's propaganda is a lie and myth)

Look at Larry King for example. He sometimes asks the stupidest questions. Any average person can think up the questions that he asks. He is not smart or intellectual and he's admitted that he is very computer illiterate and doesn't know what "www" stands for. He's not on TV cause he's bright or smarter than everyone. He's on TV cause he's got the connections, personable charm and cause he gets ratings. That's it.

The smartest people do not get the best ratings. Dean Radin is far smarter than Michael Shermer, for example, but he's not on TV as much.

That being said, I want you all to know that I am 100 percent sure that I can outshine Michael Shermer in a debate, despite your glorification of him. And I mean that.
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Re: My correspondence with DragonCon re: participating next year

Postby Scepcop » 27 Sep 2009, 01:10

“Devotion to the truth is the hallmark of morality; there is no greater, nobler, more heroic form of devotion than the act of a man who assumes the responsibility of thinking.” - Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
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Re: My correspondence with DragonCon re: participating next year

Postby Scepcop » 27 Sep 2009, 01:19

You guys are forgetting something else.

In the summaries of pseudoskeptical fallacies on the home page (the ones linked in the left sidebar), NONE of them have been countered or debunked by the pseudoskeptics. So, even if I just stick to summarizing those fallacies that I summarized, with explanations and examples, in THEORY I could still win. Nothing could go wrong, in theory, since they have no counter to them.

All I need is a few winning points to break even, or get ahead.

Lack of experience in public debates doesn't really matter here. My talent and knowledge makes up for it.

My strategy is foolproof, unless he can come up with any unprecendented surprises (is that what you guys are counting on?).

Besides, Shermer has only been in a few himself. He does mostly interviews.

And he has definitely NEVER debated someone who knows how to debunk pseudoskeptics, point by point. One time he debated James Fetzer about 9/11. The two were about even, even though I thought Fetzer's points made more sense. Fetzer is a great author and speaker, but he doesn't know debate strategy or attack/defense tactics. I do.

You see, as in the Christian Fundamentalism debate, I have spent many years studying all the arguments for and against. I know how they stack up against each other side by side. Therefore, all I have to do is take the arguments that I know the other side can't counter or will run away from, and focus on them. That will win the debate solidly. That's how I win debates with Christian Fundamentalists, and how I can win against PseudoSkeptics as well.
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Re: My correspondence with DragonCon re: participating next year

Postby Scepcop » 27 Sep 2009, 02:28

Sorry skeptics, but your attempt at inducing fear in me that Michael Shermer is this tough "Mike Tyson" debater that I stand no chance against, has failed. I have the KNOWLEDGE and strategy to win against him, and KNOWLEDGE IS POWER, power that overcomes your attempts to induce fear in me and ridicule me. So sorry, you guys fail again.

Bottom line: I have knowledge and truth on my side. You guys don't. So you resort to psychological/emotional tactics.
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Re: My correspondence with DragonCon re: participating next year

Postby ProfWag » 27 Sep 2009, 08:27

Uhhhhh yea. Okay.
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Re: My correspondence with DragonCon re: participating next year

Postby ciscop » 28 Sep 2009, 04:42

For every person who reads this valuable book there are hundreds of naïve souls who would prefer to have their spines tingled by a sensational but worthless potboiler by some hack journalist of the paranormal. You who now read these sentences join a small but wiser minority. Martin Gaardner (Psychology of the Psychic)
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Re: My correspondence with DragonCon re: participating next year

Postby NinjaPuppy » 28 Sep 2009, 05:05

Thank you for posting that Ciscop. It is a very good video and I enjoyed it very much.
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Re: My correspondence with DragonCon re: participating next year

Postby NinjaPuppy » 28 Sep 2009, 19:33

SCEPCOP - Have you developed a game plan yet for your debate? I'm curious as to if you are limited to one topic or the paranormal in general. I know that you have posted your correspondence from them but I'll be darned if I can recall if any of the parameters are stated in that correspondence.

Has anyone on this forum ever seen a Dragoncon/Randi debate live?
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Re: My correspondence with DragonCon re: participating next year

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