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Why so much bickering?


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Initial post: 16 Nov 2013 10:43:49 GMT
.....the constant nastiness and rudeness on these boards is quite absurd....very similar to the Jeremy Kyle show.....why is this? What are people hoping to achieve with all this ranting?

Posted on 16 Nov 2013 10:51:25 GMT
If they rant loud enough people will believe them. People don't seem to vote down those that use such behaviour, only those they disagree with.

Posted on 16 Nov 2013 10:55:52 GMT
Anita says:
And why so many idiotic exchanges on these forums? What people are hoping to achieve by something like that, Simon?:

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TNF/GOMSY says:
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Ranting on internet for some people - *maybe* - is better than kicking a cat

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Nov 2013 11:32:33 GMT
Depends on whether he is constantly defecating faeces in your garden or not IMHO....

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Nov 2013 11:40:21 GMT
Idiocy....humor....is needed for healthy levels of beta endorphins...nastiness....spite etc....what use is that?

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Nov 2013 11:57:16 GMT
Anita says:
Idiocy and humour are two very different things, Simon. Idiocy is what often causes the nastiness you hate so much. When you and your mate have reduced the whole Politics forum into display of sheer brainlessness, even the ravings of Marilyn feel like a waft of fresh air.

Have a nice day

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Nov 2013 12:03:52 GMT
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Posted on 16 Nov 2013 12:26:59 GMT
A customer says:
Im not quite sure what you mean by bickering Simon? Do you mean people who may contest others nonsense? (For example: some might claim that atheists are lacking in oxytocin, which is why they are atheists) A very silly idea and it would be rather short sighted to post things like this and not expect a response.

It would be crazy with a capital C to think we all shared the same views and perspectives, and I don't believe that the world would be as interesting if we did.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Nov 2013 12:27:50 GMT
Mrs. F. Shaw says:
Humour is absolutely great in a discussion. What does TNF/GOMSY mean? As for nastiness and spite, I think we are all guilty of letting our emotions get the better of us at some point and that leads the discussion no where.

I think on a forum honesty is expected from the people you are talking to. I am honest so I expect others to respond similarly. That trust is built up over time and when someone has been dishonest, it kills that trust and it is hard to win it back if ever you can. Pretending to be someone you are not is a trust killer and hence a discussion killer. No one will believe anything you say. The theists may feel they are getting a hard time from the atheists but the truth is, theists make claims they can't substantiate. Believing something on a personal level is fine but telling others they must believe it as well or burn in hell/not go to heaven/remain separated from god/because it's the 'truth'/we'll blow you up is hardly a way to promote discussion. If theists just said they believe in their god for their own reasons and others are free to believe what they want, I don't think anyone on this forum would get bent out of shape.

It's good to examine why you believe something. How can you know that what you believe is true if you never take a microscopic look at it?

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Nov 2013 13:41:13 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 16 Nov 2013 14:02:31 GMT
A customer says:
What makes you think it is in any way personal comments Simon? You started this forum up so I am addressing the O.P which is you.

It is worth mentioning because of the nature of this discussion, perhaps it goes some way to answering your question on this forum which is titled: Why so much bickering?

If I remember correctly you started the other forum up also.

Or is this incorrect?

Where exactly am I being personal?

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Nov 2013 14:13:56 GMT
Mrs. F. Shaw says:
That was in no way a personal response from T. It was so non-personal it begs the question have you ever thought that maybe you are easily offended? So you think anything that contradicts your point of view is a personal attack. Is this possible?

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Nov 2013 14:14:49 GMT
A customer says:
I think it would be most unfair on others for me to use any other examples of why people might disagree other than of course your own as you started this forum up, don't you agree?

Or did you not really want your thread to be answered?

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In reply to an earlier post on 16 Nov 2013 14:19:26 GMT
A customer says:
I think you know what I mean Simon.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Nov 2013 14:19:54 GMT
A customer says:
Examples of where I have been please?

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In reply to an earlier post on 16 Nov 2013 14:24:19 GMT
A customer says:
Of course, we should ignore false claims and accusations from individuals because we have no voice of our own?

Just for your information Simon these threads don't write themselves, individual people do, and I reply to the individuals that write them.

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In reply to an earlier post on 16 Nov 2013 14:27:54 GMT
A customer says:
Good to know.

Posted on 16 Nov 2013 17:09:32 GMT
Last edited by the author on 16 Nov 2013 17:10:24 GMT
When Simon says he wants less bickering, it means he wants less questioning, and more blind obedience. It's a curiously selfish wish, from a man who tells anyone who'll listen why the self is the root of all evil...

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Kleist says:
'Initial post: 16 Nov 2013 10:43:49 GMT

TNF/GOMSY says:

.....the constant nastiness and rudeness on these boards is quite absurd....very similar to the Jeremy Kyle show.....why is this? What are people hoping to achieve with all this ranting?'

I don't think it is constant at all. Though it breaks out occasionally and perpetuates itself like a virus. It is very difficult to break the cycle.

One reason is that people have strong feelings about their beliefs, which is a good thing. Also people don't like their most cherished beliefs questioned, they take this personally, and rightly so: what we are is largely a function of our fundamental beliefs.

What are people hoping to achieve? I think this is the wrong kind of question. They are not aiming for some end, but reacting to something which they are already in the throes of. The 'enjoyment' of being in the thick of debate is often an end in itself for people I suspect, and even the 'negative' emotions this provokes are better than inertia.

There is of course the more obvious fact that some posters express what I can only call extreme bigotry. This really annoys people because they are morally outraged. I confess to finding this offensive myself and have resorted to dismissive sarcasm and expressions of contempt because of it.

Also some posters (and we probably know who they are) are dishonest and pretentious. This annoys people, not so much because of what they say, but because they insult their intelligence. It is a trait of human nature that people become very annoyed when they are not recognised in the way they see themselves.
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