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Old 18th August 2011, 11:45 AM
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Morning all (it's still morning here),

Figured I should introduce myself. I'm a geologist/university lecturer transplanted to Perth for work. There's worse places to be.

Came out as an atheist a couple of decades ago. Never thought my family was particularly religious until I suddenly came out with "I don't believe in God" and got in trouble for arguing with a teacher at school over creationism. I was 10. My parents thought it was my teen rebellion starting early and it would be a phase I'd grow out of. 20 years later...Must be a pretty long phase

Anyway, look forward to chatting with some like minded individuals on here!
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Old 18th August 2011, 11:54 AM
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Hi Quark

This is a message sent to all who find their way to these forums.

We like people, and we like facts too!

We're friendly but we're skeptical, and if somebody calls for proof, it's not an accusation. Only the strong ideas thrive here: we try to respect people. (We do not tolerate personal abuse.)

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Old 18th August 2011, 11:57 AM
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Hiya Quark. Welcome to the forum.
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Old 18th August 2011, 12:04 PM
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Welcome Quark. What's your flavour?
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Old 18th August 2011, 12:06 PM
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New here too but I might as well say welcome!
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Old 18th August 2011, 12:07 PM
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Howdy Quark.

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Old 18th August 2011, 12:28 PM
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Hi Quark!

Gawd, another rock hound!
Now don't you go upsetting those nice creationists folks and taking away their Flud fantasies, ya hear?
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Old 18th August 2011, 12:32 PM
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Hey Quark,
Welcome to Perth and to the forum. If you enjoy natter and drinking with great folk you may want to check the Perth Impromptu Lunch thread. Next one August 18th Leederville.

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Old 18th August 2011, 12:47 PM
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Hi Quark!

Gawd, another rock hound!
Now don't you go upsetting those nice creationists folks and taking away their Flud fantasies, ya hear?
Oh, don't even start

Ever had to teach a 1st year undergrad geology class where you've got kids arguing that the earth is only 6000 years old and you suggesting otherwise is disrespecting their religious beliefs?

Doesn't happen often, but it's happened.
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Old 18th August 2011, 12:56 PM
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Oh, don't even start

Ever had to teach a 1st year undergrad geology class where you've got kids arguing that the earth is only 6000 years old and you suggesting otherwise is disrespecting their religious beliefs?

Doesn't happen often, but it's happened.
At least to doesn't happen too often! I am at university now studying urban and regional planning. What amazes me (I guess I should not be surprised) is that I can go through the whole of my course without learning much about science.

Considering that when I get out into this "real world" I have heard so much about, I will have to make real life planning decision that take into account things like health and climate change. The fact that many of my peers will be going out without the knowledge that I happened to stumble across though podcasts, books and the internet is sort of scary!

So at least your student are learning a bit about science and the scientific method!
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