IS this forum still the old ESB crew ? Check in if so

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I feel old. Talking about the ol’ days. How everything was better back then.

Spent way too much time on esb, but thoroughly enjoyed having a laugh. It was fast paced. Often a frenzy.

I miss having a laugh with @Doyley10, @Strike @McGrain @carrot4u @eddyshredder @rumsfeld @Major Pain @cachibatches @Rattler @tomatocan @doggyland @Rakim @Mankind @Haggis and many many more who I all truly appreciated as a person (for different reasons). I sometimes wonder how they are doing.

But the truth is I lost my love for forum posting a bit.
Likewise; there's only so many times you can have the same debates, apropos Evolution, Religion, abiogenesis, blah blah blah,, I have to say I think ESB et al, was largely responsible for my current cynicism of the prospects for the human race. I honestly used to think that if you presented information and facts rationally, thoughtfully and respectfully that you could perhaps make a small percentage of people see the error in their thinking, ESB vanquished that naivety.

I am doing ok...still based in Malaysia, doing business and travelling a lot... last year I did 86 flights and about 230 nights in hotels... Launching an Eponymous titled furniture company in a month or two....should be pretty cool. [I miss my shrugging emoticon @Jay ]
 
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Likewise; there's only so many times you can have the same debates, apropos Evolution, Religion, abiogenesis, blah blah blah,, I have to say I think ESB et al, was largely responsible for my current cynicism of the prospects for the human race. I honestly used to think that if you presented information and facts rationally, thoughtfully and respectfully that you could perhaps make a small percentage of people see the error in their thinking, ESB vanquished that naivety.
Very true, and it's why I tend to steer clear of those topics now, and I actually ending up posting more on boxing again, or just random topics. You only need to look at any Facebook discussion or a Twitter mob of enraged cretins from either side of an issue to see that the vast majority of people are pretty much unable to change their mind on something, I don't even think it's through choice, there's some good evidence that most people literally don't use the same parts of the brain for rational, processing of information, as soon as it is on a topic that they have an emotional investment in.

It does raise the question of whether people who can detach themselves from their emotive response, and who are able to challenge the natural urge to be drawn to confirmation bias, should be granted some sort of greater powers. Someone like me for example...if I vote on something, it should probably be worth the equivalent of around 10,000 votes from the general population. :smile
 
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Very true, and it's why I tend to steer clear of those topics now, and I actually ending up posting more on boxing again, or just random topics. You only need to look at any Facebook discussion or a Twitter mob of enraged cretins from either side of an issue to see that the vast majority of people are pretty much unable to change their mind on something, I don't even think it's through choice, there's some good evidence that most people literally don't use the same parts of the brain for rational, processing of information, as soon as it is on a topic that they have an emotional investment in.

There is actually pretty hard evidence in support of this... people are literally incapable for the most part from changing their emotional investments in highly charged topics...
 
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It does raise the question of whether people who can detach themselves from their emotive response, and who are able to challenge the natural urge to be drawn to confirmation bias, should be granted some sort of greater powers. Someone like me for example...if I vote on something, it should probably be worth the equivalent of around 10,000 votes from the general population. :smile

my strategy these days is slightly more evasive... I just don't vote, care or participate for the most part... :conf
 
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my strategy these days is slightly more evasive... I just don't vote, care or participate for the most part... :conf
:lol: That's another option, but I've shifted on that, and feel I should participate or I can't really complain. Then again, you live abroad the whole time, so it changes things again.
 
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Yeah, pretty true...where are you living now? You married yet?
Back in the UK now. Get married in October to a Yank. Met her in Korea, then after another year there we moved to Cambodia for a year and then 14 months in Vietnam. Just both decided that we wanted to be closer to family and friends, especially me, as I'd been away for 8 years on and off by then. East coast US or England is still a better deal for seeing family and friends than Asia. But there's lots I miss about being out in Asia obviously.
 
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Nice to hear... I think I sent you a congratulations message some time back on your engagement... fuck knows...which forum.. :conf
Aye I think you did, cheers. You should have a look at Off the Hook too...it's smaller, much slower..but maybe more of a Boxing Addicts than an ESB...and Doyley (the one you did actually meet) is on there. I post on both, but it's probably easier for guys like you and @Bart to check in once every so often on a smaller, more steady moving forum than it is on here.