Whatever your personal beliefs,
we saved a chair for you.
What are your questions?The forum is rowdy, because science is rowdy.
But scientists take good faith questions seriously,
and we want to engage with you.
A Fractured Society
The fractures in society are deep and unhealthy. Most of us do not engage with those with whom we disagree.
We want to build something different here.
Disputing Mainstream Science
Arguments on the internet between non-professionals rarely (if ever) have bearing on how mainstream science progresses.
This is just not how science works.
Science is not intuitive. It is very mathematical and technical. Science requires very careful adherence to specific logical rules and standards. There are a multitude of rhetorically strong points that convince the crowds, but are totally false.
The rules and conclusions of mainstream science, for this reason, are not going to be altered by public debate or consensus.
Do not mistake this as an “appeal to authority.” Science can certainly be wrong. At times it is. Even when it is right, science’s certainty and scope are sharply limited. If you feel the need, go ahead and disagree with science. You might even be right. Just remember that public debate by non-professionals very rarely affects scientific opinion, and internet forums and politics are not an effective way to change science.
If you must dispute mainstream science, it is not our aim to change your mind. Rather, we hope that you might understand what you reject, and that, perhaps, we might understand you too. We might also see how your most deeply held beliefs are not threatened.
An Open Forum
This is an open forum where everyone polite is welcome to engage with the grand questions with us. There is value in free exchange of ideas, so that legitimate questions can be addressed, and real concerns uncovered. The ideas expressed in this forum cover a wide range of topics, including a wide range of beliefs. We place a high value on building bridges and kindness to others, neither of which should be mistaken for endorsement of any claims.
Gather Around The Questions
We seek a community that does not depend on agreement. Everyone is welcome here, even if we disagree strongly with your point of view. We find substantial common ground in our shared questions, the grand questions.
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