TheWorldOfParmenides is a reddit user who liked and posted some of my material. His name is a Karl Popper book title. He was talking with people hostile to Popper. I talked with him briefly, suggesting he might like to discuss on the Fallible Ideas (FI) forum and expose his ideas to criticism. Two weeks later he got back to me about the FI forum. Here is the conversation:
TheWorldOfParmenides: I saw the email discussion group. Decided against participating. Looks like what is discussed is not of interest to me at this time. I appreciate the invitation but grammar, Rand, Apple and image analysis are not interesting to me.
Your email group is not what I am looking for at this time. Good luck to you.
curi: You can start topics.
TheWorldOfParmenides: Looks like you also violate people's privacy and post their emails publicly if they ever leave your little group.
You also attacked David Deutsch in defense of a shoddy Philosopher like Rand.
Lot of downsides, no real upsides. Thanks again but no thanks.
curi: Well, let me know if you develop any counter-arguments to anything I said, or to Objectivism, instead of just ad hominems.
Also I didn't violate anyone's privacy. When you email to a public email group, your email is publicly available to anyone. There are archives of all the emails, whether someone left or not, which include the email addresses that sent every email. People can use an email address that isn't attached to your real name (many people do).
You should read what an ad-hominem is before you talk about things you don't understand.
Better yet, spend 2 years as intellectual historian and read actual philosophers and realize that Objectivism stole from some of the best and Rand added her own poorly thought out ideas.
There is a reason that Rand is not taken seriously by professional Philosophers.
The fact that you thought what I said was ad-hom. Typically, (don't feel too bad this is very common) Randians have a very hard time separating ideas from people. If you do embark in an intellectual journey you'll quickly realize this.
I posted this to document what people are like. I want to be able to refer to it as an example later. This kind of stuff is pretty typical. It's a major problem with the world. It's hard to find any halfway rational thinkers. Also I suggest that people try analyzing the discussion in comments.
Update: He messaged me again after I posted this:
You immediately proved my point by you posting a private conversation on your website.
You Randians are so predictable. I say jump and you ask how high.
I don't know why he thinks messaging strangers on Reddit is private conversation. It's not.