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Call yourself a Freethinker all you like, but a true freethinker is a Beatles fan who can support higher taxes while listening to "Taxman"

The name's Spoony, or (((Spoony))) if you please! I acquired the name due to a couple of friends noting my love for early RPGs and my love of music. It's natural I'd be called a "Spoony Bard"!

It me
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This user is an evil-utionist!

A Brief summary[edit]

I've mostly came to RationalWiki after my dangerous encounter with the world of Conspiracy Theories. I'm past that phase after a dangerously close call of becoming a crank myself, and after a bout of crippling depression, here I am, with an obsession with Linguistics, anything "Retro" and four moderately popular Scousers. Maybe one day that would be a story to tell, as I personally feel some people don't exactly know what it's like to be so close. It's like I lost 5 months of my entire life. Sane people ridicule them, and indeed get sick of listening to them, for good reason. Crazy people feel intellectually free, and "woke", for the wrong reasons. Being between those two "extremes", for a lack of a better word, can feel like a fate worse than death. The very structure and unfalsifiability of those theories can drive certain types of people, sensible or otherwise, down a path they desperately avoid.

The entire project has helped me become the person I am, for better or for worse, and has shaped even my very worldview. One where nothing you do matters except a gathering of knowledge. I'm not as eye-opening as say, This guy over here, but I feel my experience in the conspiracy realm could help this wiki grow. I now help edit the wiki in hopes of improving my writing (And believe me, it does need work) and expressing a rationalist viewpoint that I have trouble of expressing off the computer, and indeed, in my own head. Well, and to stay sane and not become a crank myself. Finding mental help on that has been less successful and it's becoming increasingly clear to me that my psychiatrist cares jack. Bouts of absences for personal reasons have been depressingly common for me unfortunately, but I ask as a member of the community to at the very least assume good faith if I end up making an unorthodox decision as a sysop here.

In short[edit]

I'm a fucking loser like all of you. Glad to be at your service.

On a more important note[edit]

BrainMop.png As a confirmed mustard jar for taking on this job as a Sysop on RationalWiki: I, Spoony, pledge to only block users if they ask for it, or insert unfunny vandalism.
I furthermore pledge that if I indulge in secret private conversations about you, we will make a formal report to the mob. Is that all?
If you impugn my motives without warrant, or challenge my "AUTHORITY", er, there is nothing I can or will do.

I'll naturally be absent often due to needing to get shit together in my life, and of course, studies. That said, I'll stop by periodically and do what i can to further the site's mission. That, and it's a wonderful way to improve my writing. For now though, I'll focus on more subtle, small, yet essential shit. Along with my normal Sysop duties:

I'm gonna be honest, I have no true idea why I was ever even sysopped. I'm never here or anything, and I posted for an extremely short amount of time compared to many others to get sysopped. Perhaps the standards for such a responsibility here are that low? Nevertheless, I will not question it. I wield my mop proudly!

Maybe in the foreseeable future, shit will change and I'll be of more use for my fellow Reptillian Jews. For now though, my presence will (likely) go relatively unnoticed!

Quote(s) I agree with[edit]

RationalWiki unwaveringly provides much needed attention to the cranks that "respectable" sites only provide a platform to by mistake. The lack of an active skeptical counter to their mumbo-jumbo trash makes it hard to learn anything about these fringes without leaving the Sane Web and setting foot in the Disinformation Swamp oneself ("on their terms" no less), often naively unprepared for their tactics. Popping a crazy idea into Google and finding a flood of claims (without a single skeptical rebuttal) is enough to convert surprisingly sane people to fringe causes.

The mainstream "the-woo-is-lava" policy leaves the field open for cranks. When we don't criticize their theories, cranks point to the "total lack of mainstream reply" as evidence for how perfect, unassailable, and innovative their "interpretive models" must be. When we don't point out their roadblocks, cranks feed the pseudoscientific "...any minute now!" mentality that handwaves away critical flaws. When we don't defend our science, cranks take cheap shots against mainstream models.

Nobody can remember everything. Skepticism is hard when you have nothing to base it upon. And that is why there must be one shining Google result among the misinformation surge: to give anti-cranks a starting point. Our response need not be the be-all end-all Rebuttal of the Gods -- it need only let people start the process of critical thought.

RationalWiki does not - and should not! - fear the stench of any and all fringe movements and claims. Instead, it is a necessary, even vital, source of information drudgery up Nonsense Creek. RationalWiki works as intended just because it is purposefully immersed in fringe-dung in absurd supply.
Reverend Black Percy, Why notability is stupid and I hate it

"Science Ann Druyan notes, is forever whispering in our ears, "Remember, you're very new at this. You might be mistaken. You're been wrong before." Despite all the talk of humility, show me something comparable in religion. Scripture is said to be devinely inspired - a phrase with many meanings. But what if it's simply made up by fallible humans? Miracles are attested, but what if they're instead some mix of charlatanry, unfamiliar states of consciousness, misapprehensions of natural phenomena, and mental illness? No contemporary religion and no New Age belief seems to me to take sufficient account of the grandeur, magnificence, subtlety and intricacy of the universe revealed by science. The fact that so little of the findings of modern science is prefigured in Scripture to my mind casts further doubt on its divine inspiration.
But of course I might be wrong.
Carl Sagan, Our Demon Haunted World