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#1  Postby Somewhat_Believer » Jan 02, 2013 5:22 pm

Hi, fellow ration...

No, I cannot brand you as rational, since reason is something I hardly understand since I had a course which completely destroyed this notion, or almost. You'll see many "almost" from me, since I try to be as respectful of other beliefs as I can and that includes not thinking my own beliefs are automatically better than yours, or tru(er) for that matter.

Although I said I don't think I'm right, this is obviously a self-deception since I wouldn't try to convince you if in the innermost part of me I wouldn't think I have the Truth. Or would I? I can rearrange my thoughs by saying there are some matters in which I think I'm closer of the truth than others. I know that I don't know however I think I may know some things. No, I'm not drunk, just confused (I'm not on drugs either, except if you count doctor prescribed clobazam as drug). Usually, I don't say so much apparently unconnected things at once, so this may just be because I'm here and I don't know what to say.

So, am I rational or not? I guess I'm skeptic, which is the other part of the name of this site. And I don't mean by that to attack those of you thinking they are rational, you have every rights to find a sense in this hollow word beyond mere coherence.

Now, trying to collect my though, which are incredibly sparse today, probably because I just finished a baccalaureate in philosophy and politic at Laval University, in Quebec (Yes, I'm a French-speaker), I can struggle to make sense of my existence and the reason I think I'm here.

So, a friend invited me, probably thinking I would be more cartesian than that, but it cannot be helped, I often feel more free to express myself in English since I have this impression I can always say : "ho, I made a mistake in my writing. This isn't really what I wanted to say." Thus, I'm a French canadian, Quebecker, federalist, social-liberal (for what you think this may mean), heavily influenced by classic liberal ideals and by some anarcho-communist comrads, liking history, politic and philosophy. As my name implies it, I'm also agnostic-pantheist, which means I currently think there is a sort of power which makes us move, which may be called God, but as a spinozist I think this "god" is the universe or as an hegelian the "absolute spirit". Anyway, I don't know if He has a consciousness, but I don't think so and I would bet for the later. Although I don't know.

If you want to know my history, my mother tried to raise me in the catholic-christian faith, but I finally deserted somewhere around the end of my High school. I also gradually came to dislike (exacerbate) nationalism. Then, I found while working as a dishwasher that the only thing that was similar for all human beings and also other living beings was the survival instinct. I came to associate that to what I said above about a cosmic force which sustains us.

I think this is probably all I could tell of me for the moment. For more serious interventions, I have yet to learn how this forum works and how to rejoin a conversation which is going on since many months without deviating it. I'm not new on forums, but of this kind I'm perplex as how you can work as a community of people linked by not so much and with not so much in common.

I may learn.
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#2  Postby Scarlett » Jan 02, 2013 6:18 pm

Hi SB :wave:

You OP was giving me a bit of a headache, then I saw this

snip...... I just finished a baccalaureate in philosophy ......snip


and I thought "aaaaaaaah!" and it all made sense, well, sort of :cheers:

Just kiddin ya, welcome aboard, have fun :grin:
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#3  Postby Bribase » Jan 02, 2013 6:35 pm

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#4  Postby james1v » Jan 02, 2013 7:02 pm

Hi! :cheers:
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#5  Postby NamelessFaceless » Jan 02, 2013 7:25 pm

Bienvenue! :cheers:

Unfortunately, that's about the extent of my French. Well, except Au Revoir.

At any rate, welcome! :cheers:
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#6  Postby Kazaman » Jan 02, 2013 8:16 pm

Salut et bienvenue au forum. :)

Looking forward to your contributions.
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#7  Postby Ironclad » Jan 02, 2013 8:49 pm

A baccalaureate in philosophy eh. I think my mother has one of those but in the bathroom.. it's a kind of loofah right? :scratch:

Oh! Welcome to RatSkeps! :D :cheers:
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#8  Postby NamelessFaceless » Jan 02, 2013 8:53 pm

Kazaman wrote:Salut et bienvenue au forum. :)



Show off . . :P
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#9  Postby Kazaman » Jan 02, 2013 8:57 pm

NamelessFaceless wrote:
Kazaman wrote:Salut et bienvenue au forum. :)



Show off . . :P


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#10  Postby Somewhat_Believer » Jan 03, 2013 3:06 pm

No need to say hello to me in French, but it is appreciated. Now, I only have to know what I'm doing here and in which discussion I can drown and it will be okay.
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#11  Postby trubble76 » Jan 03, 2013 3:20 pm

Welcome aboard :cheers:

I recommend browsing the philosophy section, sounds like it may be your bag.
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#12  Postby Onyx8 » Jan 03, 2013 10:53 pm

Yeah, but take waders.

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#13  Postby Durro » Jan 04, 2013 6:03 am

G'Day from Brisbane, Australia.

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#14  Postby stijndeloose » Jan 04, 2013 6:11 am

Welcome! :cheers:

Somewhat_Believer wrote:No need to say hello to me in French, but it is appreciated. Now, I only have to know what I'm doing here and in which discussion I can drown and it will be okay.


Just look for any thread that Jamest is participating in! ;)
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#15  Postby Tangerine Dream » Jan 04, 2013 2:34 pm

A big warm welcome from South America :cheers: :smoke:
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#16  Postby chairman bill » Jan 04, 2013 2:55 pm

NamelessFaceless wrote:
Kazaman wrote:Salut et bienvenue au forum. :)



Show off . . :P


Google Translate, I expect
“There is a rumour going around that I have found God. I think this is unlikely because I have enough difficulty finding my keys, and there is empirical evidence that they exist.” Terry Pratchett
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#17  Postby Scarlett » Jan 04, 2013 3:00 pm

Bill! You're back! :wave:
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#18  Postby Kazaman » Jan 04, 2013 3:30 pm

chairman bill wrote:
NamelessFaceless wrote:
Kazaman wrote:Salut et bienvenue au forum. :)



Show off . . :P


Google Translate, I expect


Hm? No no, see profile.
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