Taking my leave

Discussion in 'About the Members' started by NotEinstein, May 30, 2019.

  1. NotEinstein Valued Senior Member

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    It's been almost two years since I registered here, and I never introduced myself properly. There's a reason for that.

    I've been accused of trolling many times, and had insults thrown at me on various occasions by various people. I barely defended myself. Again, there's a reason for that.

    There's a lot of pseudoscience-peddlers in the world, with some of them actively causing harm. I sense a moral (if not ethical) duty in myself to fight against nonsense and falsehoods for the betterment of humankind. In this case, I've chosen to do this as anonymously as I could. Once again, there's a reason for that.

    My main motivation to join SciForums was that I wanted to be able to deal with people of this kind without losing my own mind or cool in the process. In other words: I wanted to be able to live without the frustration interacting with them would otherwise cause me. I don't want their ramblings to upset me, as that quite literally only causes myself hurt. I wanted to grow out of that, and confronting it head-on is often the best strategy.

    There's always going to be dim and uninformed people, and in many area's, I'm one of those. This is just me trying to come to terms with at least this part of our silly reality, to recognize the signs of it in myself, and to learn how to deal with people that don't.

    I feel that I've succeeded in that, at least as far as can be done through an online discussion forum. So as to not let myself get carried away with laughing at pseudoscience-peddlers too obnoxiously, and with nothing left to gain for me here, I'll be taking my leave.

    In my notes, I find only one last item I feel the need to point out: one of the most revealing exclamation that I encountered here. It's somebody's final word in a post to me, just after I left the discussion (161685). It's the breakdown of the other person's decorum didn't bothering me a bit that finally showed me I had accomplished what I had set out to do. I leave the contextualisation and interpretation of that final word as an exercise to the reader.

    I thank all the people who directly helped me achieve this goal; you know who you are. Or actually: you will deny this to yourself, as that's part of who you are. I understand you now.

    To all the other contributors, a big thank-you for creating the supportive environment in which I was able to do all this!

    A special shout-out to Reiku! Without him, I would never have taken an interest in personally dealing with pseudoscienctific ramblings. I feel particularly proud of my impact on him; it's not often that you leave such an impression on a person that he extends it into unrelated spaces.

    And to the kind staff of SciForums, thank you for indulging me and allowing my journey to take place on this forum. Even though I've gathered zero infractions and bans, and submitted zero reports, I'm sure I, at times, was a pain in the behind. I apologize for any inconvenience I may have caused. Thank you for your time and patience.

    Well, that's about it, I guess.
    I never told anybody who I am; there was no reason to do so.
    I did my best to not engage in mud-slinging; there was no reason to do so.
    I barely disclosed what I am really like; there was no reason to do so.
    And there still isn't any.

    So everybody, it's been fun, but now, I shall leave. One might even choose the word ascend, 'cause 'tis the season.

    Take care!
     
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  3. exchemist Valued Senior Member

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    Cheerio and thanks for the contributions.
     
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  5. wegs With brave wings, she flies . . . Valued Senior Member

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    Hi/bye. I didn't get to know you, but wish you well

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  7. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    Forums have their ebbs and flows.
    SciFo is currently in a high flow state of "dimformed" people.
    That will change over time. Check back often.

    I, for one, find your contributions intelligent and enlightening, and the forum will be more dimformed with your absence.
     
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  8. cluelusshusbund + Public Dilemma + Valued Senior Member

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    Thanks... an you'r welcome.!!!
     
  9. paddoboy Valued Senior Member

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    Dave said it all...Your leaving is the forum's loss. Perhaaps we maybe lucky enough to see you at SFN?
     
  10. river

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    Where ever you go , enjoy !!

    river
     
  11. Bowser Right Here, Right Now Valued Senior Member

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    Who was that masked man?
     
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  12. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member

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    NotEinstein,

    Best wishes with whatever is next for you. I've enjoyed reading your contributions here and I hope you'll return at some point in the future.
     
  13. origin In a democracy you deserve the leaders you elect. Valued Senior Member

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    Sad to see you go, I was always impressed with you calm a measured posts when dealing with the reikuesque population.

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    I wish you fair winds and following seas.
     
  14. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    ?
     
  15. origin In a democracy you deserve the leaders you elect. Valued Senior Member

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    Like reiku. I was trying, but failing to be clever
     
  16. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    I got that.

    But when I looked up reiku to confirm, all I got was Power Cables.


    :EDIT: Ah! I made the same mistake you did: you're thinking of reiki perhaps?

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  17. exchemist Valued Senior Member

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    Reiku is the first of many handles used by one Gareth Lee Meredith, an autistic-spectrum purveyor of incomprehensible mathematical "knitting", most of it either plagiarised or wrong, and a perennial sockpuppet, repeatedly banned on many forums. You will have come across him many times, though perhaps not under his original name. He is still active elsewhere under the handle Dubbelosix, though I prefer to call him Doublesox, as that reflects his habit of coming back repeatedly as a sockpuppet.

    Here is a sort of inventory of appearances I kept on him, for a while : http://www.scienceforums.com/topic/30787-dubbelosix-supersock/
     
  18. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    ohhhhhhyeeeeaaah. Him.

    Haven;t been back to scienceforums in a long while.
     
  19. exchemist Valued Senior Member

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    But he's been here often enough, too, as the thread documents: Since Sept 2017 we (at Sciforums) have had Geon, Study, Curvature, Graviphenom and Route666.

    All Gareth Meredith aka Reiku.

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