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Vale John Platko

#1  Postby The Serpent » Oct 16, 2019 4:00 am

I had occasion to notice that today is John Platko's birthday and those who've been paying attention over the last few years would know that John died just a bit passed.

John was an eastern catholic, in particular a Ukrainian Greek Catholic. I'm an atheist raised in the Latin church but as a result of my heritage I'm a canonical Syro-Malankara catholic.

I agreed with John about almost nothing but I found him to be a particularly civil interlocutor; a rarity in this place. I miss him and his participation here. We are diminished by his absence.

Go well mate.
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Re: Vale John Platko

#2  Postby Cito di Pense » Oct 16, 2019 4:26 am

The Serpent wrote:
I agreed with John about almost nothing


Does anyone agree with you about anything? In a cosmos consisting of disagreement, civility is a sacrament. My opinion of Platko differs from yours. Let's just leave it at that.

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Re: Vale John Platko

#3  Postby Destroyer » Oct 16, 2019 9:00 am

The Serpent wrote:I had occasion to notice that today is John Platko's birthday and those who've been paying attention over the last few years would know that John died just a bit passed.

John was an eastern catholic, in particular a Ukrainian Greek Catholic. I'm an atheist raised in the Latin church but as a result of my heritage I'm a canonical Syro-Malankara catholic.

I agreed with John about almost nothing but I found him to be a particularly civil interlocutor; a rarity in this place. I miss him and his participation here. We are diminished by his absence.

Go well mate.

I actually didn't know that he had passed away but recently came upon his thread of guitar making and was thoroughly fascinated by it.

Thanks for the info.
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Re: Vale John Platko

#4  Postby The Serpent » Oct 16, 2019 9:16 am

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The Serpent wrote:I had occasion to notice that today is John Platko's birthday and those who've been paying attention over the last few years would know that John died just a bit passed.

John was an eastern catholic, in particular a Ukrainian Greek Catholic. I'm an atheist raised in the Latin church but as a result of my heritage I'm a canonical Syro-Malankara catholic.

I agreed with John about almost nothing but I found him to be a particularly civil interlocutor; a rarity in this place. I miss him and his participation here. We are diminished by his absence.

Go well mate.

I actually didn't know that he had passed away but recently came upon his thread of guitar making and was thoroughly fascinated by it.

Thanks for the info.


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Re: Vale John Platko

#5  Postby Sendraks » Oct 16, 2019 1:11 pm

Whilst his contributions to this forum I do not miss one jot, I note that 60years old is a pretty short journey. Still, judging by his contributions here, its not as if John was about to learn anything had he been around longer.
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#6  Postby SafeAsMilk » Oct 16, 2019 2:12 pm

John's arguments were extremely poor and disingenuous, and I don't think he deserves points for trying to hide it behind a smiling face (or condescending head-shake, as he often did). Still, I'm sad to hear about his passing, and I'll miss his contributions to the guitar thread.
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#7  Postby romansh » Oct 16, 2019 4:24 pm

John could not be otherwise. And that is OK.
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Re: Vale John Platko

#8  Postby felltoearth » Oct 16, 2019 5:51 pm

Sendraks wrote:Whilst his contributions to this forum I do not miss one jot, I note that 60years old is a pretty short journey. Still, judging by his contributions here, its not as if John was about to learn anything had he been around longer.

One of the reasons I revisited his posts is that he seemed to be expressing doubts in his beliefs.
Here specifically: http://www.rationalskepticism.org/post2 ... l#p2620420
He only annoyed me in the Free Will thread really. Otherwise I enjoyed his contributions.
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Re: Vale John Platko

#9  Postby Ironclad » Oct 16, 2019 6:43 pm

There goes another one. One day there will be just one of us, staring out from the dank cave at the dying sun.
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Re: Vale John Platko

#10  Postby LucidFlight » Oct 16, 2019 8:27 pm

To John Platko. :cheers:
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