Re: Apocalypse Pretty Soon

From: J. R. Molloy (
Date: Sat Sep 15 2001 - 15:19:50 MDT

From: "Charlie Stross" <>
> I was using Hitler -- a noted political fanatic -- as a
> reference point when discussing another bunch of fanatics.

As I said, the thread is dead.

You might already know about the Hitler rule in debate, which seems to crop up
most in online conversation. The rule is that bringing Hitler into any subject
automatically kills the exchange, because comparing people or their practices
to Hitler('s) means the bottom of the rhetoric barrel has been scraped:
"Hitler was a vegetarian, therefore all decent people eat meat."


Useless hypotheses, etc.:
 consciousness, phlogiston, philosophy, vitalism, mind, free will, qualia,
analog computing, cultural relativism, GAC, Cyc, Eliza, cryonics, individual
uniqueness, ego, human values

We won't move into a better future until we debunk religiosity, the most
regressive force now operating in society.

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