9/3/12 I had an...interesting...conversation with a mythicist lately. He resorts mostly to insults, then expresses surprise at my unwillingness to take him seriously. He also claims to be a theoretical physicist, but has trouble spelling "physicist" correctly (at one point, he spells it 'physcisist'). When I asked him about the misspelling, he claims it's spelled that way in some parts of the world, so this guy clearly has trouble with honesty. Be warned that he swears a lot (I asterisk it out, but you can tell what he is saying). Here it is:
It was just pointed out to me that Tat Tvam Asi from the FreeThoughtNation forums has created a forum in which he claims to have met my Copycat Challenge (where I offer up to $1000 for anyone who can present evidence for at least half of the claims for any one deity). He's chosen to do the Horus claims. He created the forum and posted the evidence almost a month ago, but never informed me that he'd done so. It was a visitor to my website who informed me of this.
It should first be noted that Tat is the first person ever to even attempt to meet my challenge, which I launched back in 2008, so I commend him for that. He's posted "evidence" for 11 of Horus' 21 claims, which is indeed a small majority of them. If his evidence meets the challenge it would entitle him to 52.4% of the $1000, or $524. However, even a quick look at it shows that he does not meet the challenge. He frequently just quotes Acharya S (who is not a university-level scholar), or his evidence does not back up what he is trying to prove. As of this time, I've already shown that six of his eleven items do not meet the challenge, and agreed that only one of them does.
Anyways, the thread where he posts his evidence is here. I was responding to the evidence in the thread until they locked the thread, leaving me unable to respond further. Thus, I have created a web page where I post his evidence and respond to it, which is here.
As you may already know, the people at FreeThoughtNation did a "critique" of my website some time back, which I responded to here. It led to a discussion on their critique's thread in which I responded to their false allegations, leading them to create more false allegations. All in all, it was pretty hilarious. They also claimed to have the evidence to win my mythicist challenge, but never presented the evidence they claimed to have, and have evidently given up trying to do so. And now they're evidently deleting everything I post, since my last five posts have all disappeared. So I'm guessing the conversation is at an end.
Among some of their most ridiculous claims:
1. That the majority of my website is centered around criticism of Acharya S's work - In truth, the majority of my website was created before I'd even heard of Acharya S. And, oh yes, they called me a liar on this point, claiming that a page of mine from 2002 in which I mention Acharya was one of the oldest pages on my website. But most of the pages on my website were originally created in the late '90's when my site was on AOL's server.
2. That I won't link to mythicist web pages - I link to at least 20 of them on various pages – 16 on this page alone.
3. That I won't admit that Zeitgeist is right about anything – I admit that 5 of its 36 claims about pre-Christian mythology are correct.
4. That my claims to be a former atheist are false – I was an atheist until I was 20.
5. That I'm wrong in stating that people who believe God(s) don't exist are atheists. The people at FreeThoughtNation define it as people who don't believe God(s) exist, which is a fair definition. But if one believes God doesn't exist, then obviously they don't believe He does, thus are atheists per their own definition.
6. That I removed the link to their critique and the conversation from my website. At the time they made this accusation, the link was right where it had always been. When I later reorganized the site to its current format, they accused me of removing the link again, when it was easily visible to anyone who went to my main page, as it is right now.