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The_Radiation_Specialist
2007-Aug-22, 06:17 PM
I constantly have thoughts that spending time in these forums must be a great waste of time. It seems obvious that any words, arguments, discussions, recital of events exchanged has no real physical impact on our daily lives. Surely you could ask for advice/experience from experts but thats just it. Here and there you may learn a few random scientific facts. Or gain a bit of intellectual pleasure from reading on latest scientific discoveries.

Everyone here are people I will probably never meet directly in life. I have no idea what the person is other than the little facts they write about themselves. It seems fair to say whatever I write/read in these forums will have no impact on any thing worthy. Or at least I will never be able to see or know about that impact.

So it only makes sense for me to gain something worthy and useful from all the time spent here. That thing I have decided should be a very useful life skill is to be able to put words in an order which conveys your message the way you thought of it. Being a teenager, I constantly have problems getting my message across to the world. People often misinterpret me. I think in order for anyone to be successful in life they should (a) have some thing good to offer to the world and (b) be able to communicate effectively among humans. I mean, its no use having an idea but not being to tell anyone about it.

So there is what I want to gain from posting here. I think it is a very valuable skill in life. To be able to respond quickly and diplomatically yet not unintentionally offending anyone. This is specially useful in discussions we have in some threads.

Donnie B.
2007-Aug-22, 06:22 PM
That's a good point. I can think of two other reasons, off the top of my head.

2) Education. I'm still learning things about the Apollo program, hardware, and missions from the threads in the conspiracies section.

3) Entertainment. I find some of the more "woo-woo" postings, and the responses to them, irresistibly comical.

BigDon
2007-Aug-22, 06:42 PM
What the other Don said goes for myself as well. Plus I have a lot of stories to tell that I don't want to get lost to history. This is a good repository for stuff you don't want forgotten.

Doodler
2007-Aug-22, 07:25 PM
If you're having trouble being misinterpreted here, you're in a world of hurt when you're one of the rats in life's little maze. You haven't been misinterpreted until you run into someone who deliberately twists what you say for their own personal gain when scads of money are on the line, rather than honestly missing a point in an academic debate.

One of the big benefits of a place like this is to take all you preconceptions about life, the universe, and everything, put'em up to be seen, and have'em verified, shredded, or corrected. They say the internet gets you 90% of the way to anything you want to know, and this place, to me, is the other 10% of the way to answers about all things cosmological.

That, and for all the things I get wrong in life, I can swing by Conspiracy Theories and Against the Mainstream, and take a little comfort that I'm not as far gone as I could be. ;)

Argos
2007-Aug-22, 07:26 PM
So there is what I want to gain from posting here. I think it is a very valuable skill in life. To be able to respond quickly and diplomatically yet not unintentionally offending anyone. This is specially useful in discussions we have in some threads.

Sure this is a darn good place to practice debating skills, which will be useful your whole life through. But you shouldnŽt downplay the power of the words. Pay attention, and maybe youŽll stumble on some precious life-changing thought.

mugaliens
2007-Aug-22, 07:31 PM
So it only makes sense for me to gain something worthy and useful from all the time spent here. That thing I have decided should be a very useful life skill is to be able to put words in an order which conveys your message the way you thought of it. Being a teenager, I constantly have problems getting my message across to the world. People often misinterpret me. I think in order for anyone to be successful in life they should (a) have some thing good to offer to the world and (b) be able to communicate effectively among humans. I mean, its no use having an idea but not being to tell anyone about it.

So there is what I want to gain from posting here. I think it is a very valuable skill in life. To be able to respond quickly and diplomatically yet not unintentionally offending anyone. This is specially useful in discussions we have in some threads.

I think your post was very effectively communicated - and this comment from a post-40's published author.

:)

Yes, I've found that the time I've spent online has directly contributed to my primary job skill, a technical writer. I do other things (fly, research, sit in meetings... (ugh)), but it seems as time goes by I spend more time writing than anything else.

I just hope someone's reading it...

:whistle:

Paracelsus
2007-Aug-22, 07:39 PM
Sure this is a darn good place to practice debating skills, which will be useful your whole life through. But you shouldnŽt downplay the power of the words. Pay attention, and maybe youŽll stumble on some precious life-changing thought.

Absolutely! Also, I think one does get to know a little about the posters here, if one follows their posts over time.

Maksutov
2007-Aug-23, 02:25 AM
I constantly have thoughts that spending time in these forums must be a great waste of time. It seems obvious that any words, arguments, discussions, recital of events exchanged has no real physical impact on our daily lives. Surely you could ask for advice/experience from experts but thats just it. Here and there you may learn a few random scientific facts. Or gain a bit of intellectual pleasure from reading on latest scientific discoveries.

Everyone here are people I will probably never meet directly in life. I have no idea what the person is other than the little facts they write about themselves. It seems fair to say whatever I write/read in these forums will have no impact on any thing worthy. Or at least I will never be able to see or know about that impact.

So it only makes sense for me to gain something worthy and useful from all the time spent here. That thing I have decided should be a very useful life skill is to be able to put words in an order which conveys your message the way you thought of it. Being a teenager, I constantly have problems getting my message across to the world. People often misinterpret me. I think in order for anyone to be successful in life they should (a) have some thing good to offer to the world and (b) be able to communicate effectively among humans. I mean, its no use having an idea but not being to tell anyone about it.

So there is what I want to gain from posting here. I think it is a very valuable skill in life. To be able to respond quickly and diplomatically yet not unintentionally offending anyone. This is specially useful in discussions we have in some threads.Would you mind rephrasing that?

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BTW, I think you will find a lot more here than just a few random scientific facts if you peruse the Astronomy, Q&A, Science, and even the ATM, fora. The responses to your post when you were worried about microwave radiation are good examples of knowledgeable people providing lots of useful data.

Neverfly
2007-Aug-23, 03:05 AM
<Kicks back, fingers interlaced behind his head. Props up his feet.>