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Postby Deftil on June 4th, 2008, 8:27 am 

Ah eightlegs, your interests and situation with your offline friends seem to mirror my own.

Glad to have you and hope to see you posting on many of the forums here soon!

Postby Highwaystar101 on June 4th, 2008, 3:05 pm 

antisocial boris wrote:Cool, so I guess the important question is the shit or the mighty villa?

Why, the mighty Aston villa of course. Birmingham city FC can F**k off for all I care

Hello, Bonjour et Gutentag

Postby LouSalome on June 12th, 2008, 3:09 am 


I am but a recent graduate from a women's college, with a B.A. in Philosophy. My academic interests include Kantian deontology, Marxism (particularly his early manuscripts and their connection to Christianity), feminism (in particular the work of Simone de Beauvoir and how it relates to our contemporary world), as well as a melange of Kierkegaard, Parmenides, Augustine and a little bit of MacIntyre. I am a student of ethics, in particular of Kantian, and am fond of comparative ethics and some applied. However, my specialty, as I see it, is the ethics of mental illness.

I have every intention of entering a graduate program in philosophy and obtaining a PhD. I am come to engage in conversations with like-minded people. I also have an interest in art history, particularly that of the nineteenth century, as well as nineteenth century literature (with an emphasis on Dostoyevski, the Brontes and Thomas Hardy).

I've said enough, I'm sure.



Postby Deftil on June 12th, 2008, 3:50 am 

Very glad to have you here, LouSalome. Welcome. The ethics of mental illness sounds intriguing to me. I hope to see you posting about it here soon!

Postby Deftil on June 14th, 2008, 10:22 pm 

It's been a pleasure to have you so far, erythrophyte (I can even spell your name on my own without looking at it now). I'm sure I will continue to enjoy reading your posts well into the future.

Postby Dre on June 26th, 2008, 3:40 am 

Hey everyone!

I've been searching around the net for a good Philosophy-oriented forum for a while now, and I'm glad I stumbled upon this one. Hopefully I'll learn a lot here, read about some interesting theories, and expand my own ideas!

I myself am a 22 year old kid with little to no background Philosophy schooling, though I've tried to learn a great deal on my own. I've dabbled in Logic & Sociology classes in a couple Community Colleges out here in Michigan, though nothing that really took a hold of me and threw me for a mental loop the way reading Descartes or Russell has. I'm extremely interested in learning as much as I can, and when I'm not playing guitar or spraypainting (both of which I love greatly), I'm usually armed with my favorite texts and a highlighter.

Hoping to meet and get to know lots of you!


Postby Deftil on June 26th, 2008, 1:46 pm 

Welcome, Dre. We're glad to have you here.


Postby tae on July 5th, 2008, 1:27 am 

hello. I am an Asian man interested in these sort of topics but my main reason for registering at this forum was to ask for help. I will start participating if things settle down and our dictator gets thrown out.

Postby Deftil on July 7th, 2008, 7:26 pm 

geetings, tae. good luck with the dictator.

Postby Restless on July 11th, 2008, 11:34 am 

I'm new to these parts and have grown pretty tired of college message boards that are populated by racists, homophobes, gun nuts, and Bush apologists. Judging from posts and thread topics here, I believe I have arrived in the promised land. There is just a lot of substance here.

I've been in school forever, although there have been breaks of "real world" adventure. Home is VirginiaSanFranciscoOhioBostonFlorida because my years have been divided up in those places. I have a BA in Philosophy and English, and MA in Philosophy, and another MA in the History and Philosophy of Science. I'm a class away from finishing my PhD coursework in the History of Science this fall. I'm kind of worn out a bit and I am contemplating taking a break for about year to either teach or do community oriented/public service work.

I am a pretty big fan of Bishop Berkeley (having written and MA thesis on him and presented a conference paper on his theory of numbers). I also like Quine, Richard Rorty, and Nelson Goodman. As far as history is concerned, I do intellectual history and the history of science so you know Thomas Kuhn is pretty important. I think Kuhn has a nice story to tell about how science develops and copes with internal theoretical/methodological conflicts but for some reason academics in the humanistic disciplines have invoked Kuhn to assert that science has no claim to objective knowledge or that scientific knowledge is "constructed". I sort of chuckle at such academics because I'm not sure of the point they are trying to make. Just as we can get past the realist/anti-realist debates by taking a critical attitude towards foundationalism, I think the same thing might be required for people who either line up behind constructivism (e.g., Stephen Shapin) or take a Popperian view of scientific methodologies. That is, we know that scientists are aware of their discipline's history as a form of cultural expression perpetually subject to self-correction. This is to say that the scientist has learned from his/her forebears the mistakes of making claims for/against objective knowledge. Furthermore, scientists are aware of the dangers of inflexibility on what is to count as a fact or datum of analysis. This permits scientists to freely talk about electron-waves as causal agents while not being bound to the idea that only entities perceived by the unaided human sense are ripe for analysis. But moreover, the realist/anti-realist subjectivism/objectivism debates that have crept into history of science studies are nothing more than the chimerical preoccupation of academics in the humanistic disciplines looking to elevate their disciplines at the expense of demythologizing science.

I know that I'll probably get criticism for that last statement but this is an argument that I am still in the process of making clearer. As time goes on and with the input of people here, I'll be able to refine my position.

In any case I'm glad to be here and hope to contribute my experiences and training. I also have a thing for goofy animated gifs (I've done graphic design forever) but I'll try to keep things at a minimum.

Postby Deftil on July 11th, 2008, 12:19 pm 

Great to have you, Restless.

Greetings from Leoben

Postby Leoben on July 15th, 2008, 1:36 am 

Greetings, my name is Leoben and I hail from Portland, Oregon. I love the Northwest more than anywhere else in the world I've visited. Of course, our summers get pretty warm these days, and I hate that fact.

I was interested in philosophy at a young age, and I've personally read many works of philosophy, from classics like The Republic and The Art of War to Quotations from Chairman Mao and My Rise and Fall. My personal philosophical allegiance has changed over the years from mostly ardent democratic socialism to totalitarianism to Confucianism which I tend to agree with the most.

I've largely given up on politics and I don't really care about economics although I know enough about it to get by in a future economics class.

I look forward to some interesting discussions.

Postby Forest_Dump on July 15th, 2008, 5:23 am 

Well, hello all.

Restless, I look forward to your ideas. I am an archaeologist and somewhat of a theoretician (when confined to the halls). Philosophy of Science was brought into archaeology in the 1960s with a movement that brought in some hard-core positivism. There was a (natural?) reaction that ranged from realism to post-modernism (post-processualism in archaeology) that includes phenomenology but I would suspect most are in the realism camp now when they think about it. Of course, we all read Kuhn and Feyerabend and a few philosophers like Alyson Wylie and James Bell have waded in. Nice to see philosophers of science who don't come from physics. But, being out of the anthropology departments, science as a cultural expression, and a specific kind of culture at that, resounds.
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Postby Brent on July 27th, 2008, 5:15 pm 


I'm a mathematics graduate student from IN, USA. I'm also a husband and father.

I have an interest in mathematics, certainly. Also the sciences in general. I briefly studied linguistics for a while, but the key professor in the program retired and it just didn't work out. I also am interested in politics to an extent. And just about anything will hold my interest for a while.

This looks to be a nice place and I hope to have lots of good times here.

Postby Deftil on July 27th, 2008, 7:03 pm 

hello and welcome brent.

Postby Brent on July 27th, 2008, 8:40 pm 

Deftil wrote:hello and welcome brent.


Postby galatomic on July 28th, 2008, 3:28 pm 


Where is "IN", USA or is that "Institute of Numerology"??

Oh, I see, it's INdiana, too bad for you, my heart goes out to you. I grew up in IL, USA and have never gotten over a Midwest accent or the wonder of real mountains in comparison to Starve Rock, IL, as I am now in OR, USA, not NJ, USA, :)


Peace greetings from Bali...

Postby wustvn on August 3rd, 2008, 4:11 am 

Hi to all of you, I am new here...
Peace greetings from Bali... to this board.
Actually I'd like to post a very tough "big sizes" number puzzle, which had been brought to many forums, but yet nobody can work it out properly. I'm not a puzzles mania, this just really disturbs my mind. I hope you guys here can help me.
Thank you very much for your attentions.

Best regards,
Steven Wu
Bali - Indonesia

Postby LastOmen on August 9th, 2008, 6:31 am 

My name is James, I'm 14 years old, and I'm a writer and a wannabe philosopher. I'm not so good at that yet, but my basic philosophical ideas give me some leverage on my writing. I'm not nearly as experienced or knowledgeable as most of you here, so I hope I can just keep up with the conversations you all have on here.


Postby Deftil on August 9th, 2008, 9:00 am 

Welcome, James. It's great to have you . I'm sure there's a lot you can learn here.

Postby Brent on August 14th, 2008, 9:57 pm 

galatomic wrote:Brent,

Where is "IN", USA or is that "Institute of Numerology"??

Oh, I see, it's INdiana, too bad for you, my heart goes out to you. I grew up in IL, USA and have never gotten over a Midwest accent or the wonder of real mountains in comparison to Starve Rock, IL, as I am now in OR, USA, not NJ, USA, :)


Well, I grew up in the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee, so I know what a real mountain is, and I don't have a midwest accent. Although, I'm happy to be out of TN and enjoying the small college town at the moment.

Postby .. R m 8 8 on August 23rd, 2008, 1:27 am 

Hi, I'm currently the newest user. I'm a 20 years old student from Mexico City, so greetings from one of the most polluted cities in the world. I've been reading this forums for a long time, but finally decided to join. I'm interested in scientific research and technology, so I try to be up to date. Also, I really like history. Oddly enough, I never considered joining a forum of this nature before. I'm used to "trolls" and emoticons, so this is a nice change of pace. I've come to like some users, so it'd be great if I get to interact with them in the future.
.. R m 8 8

Postby Deftil on August 23rd, 2008, 5:48 am 

Greetings .. R m 8 8, I'm glad you decided to register and post.

Postby H2O2 on August 24th, 2008, 1:26 pm 

Hi, completly new to this kind of interaction. Im a student completing my BSc with the open university whilst also a 2nd year in another uni completing my BA (Hons) History and Sociology. Still have loads to learn.

Postby mtbturtle on August 25th, 2008, 11:36 am 

Welcome H2O2 :-)

You've a wide range of interests. There should be plenty to keep you busy in both PCF and SCF.

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Postby Krustychick on August 27th, 2008, 11:11 am 

H2O2 wrote:Hi, completly new to this kind of interaction. Im a student completing my BSc with the open university whilst also a 2nd year in another uni completing my BA (Hons) History and Sociology. Still have loads to learn.

Hi H202, I just have to ask... Are you in full time study with your conventional university? Plus pursuing a BSc with the Open University, you must have like, no social life! I applaud you but at the same time, think you're barking mad! Hehe. Good luck with your studies though mate!

Postby Nick on August 27th, 2008, 11:21 am 

You obviously have no grasp of how little history undergrads have to actually attend uni....

Postby Krustychick on August 27th, 2008, 11:31 am 


I chose the wrong degree then! I could have been studying history part time... on second thoughts, as much as I love history, I know my own limits.

Postby nipperkin on September 18th, 2008, 7:15 pm 

Hello everyone! My name's Amy, I've not had much of an education yet but i'm hoping to start a social sciences course next year... right now i'm stuck at home with my two year old and i just want to excercise my brain a bit and hopefully learn from more learned folks!

Postby Deftil on September 18th, 2008, 11:06 pm 

Welcome nipperkin Amy. It's great to have you.


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