a reply to: MimiSia
More than anything else, I am a member here because this place offers me an opportunity to match wits with intellectual people, free of obsession over
titles and paper qualifications, and in an open, frank, and comprehensively quality oriented atmosphere, and manner. The variety of topics discussed
here allows my mind to be occupied with many different subjects at once, which I find beneficial to my ability to think laterally, and sharpens and
updates my general knowledge base, and helps improve recall capacity to boot.
I have always been interested in things like politics, the sciences, and also the implications these things have on our daily lives, and further, on
the future of our species. However, before joining I had few routes by which I could explore these things by way of discussion, since my acquaintances
locally have little to no interest in the meat of these subjects. This was frustrating to me, since I value the ability to think, and felt starved of
nourishment intellectually for some years before signing up for an account here. I believe I came to the site originally to discuss the subject of
UFOs, after having seen something I could not explain at the time (which turned out to be Chinese lanterns in the end). But I stayed for the quality
of the forums here, and the intelligence and knowledge of the user base.
Furthermore, the sheer amount of raw data available here, from statistics to numerical data pertaining to field testing, and specific experimental
set ups like the LHC, mission data from shuttle missions and other spacefaring projects, is impressive. There is no way to encompass in a succinct
format, the sheer scale of the stores of information held on this site, and I find that very helpful indeed.
I cannot tell you how much I value the chance I have been given, by becoming a member here, to keep my mind active and receptive, to always have
something new to question, to discuss answers to the big questions, and come up with new ways to frame my understanding of everything from the chaotic
order of the universe itself, to the pettiness and the madness of the things we do as a species living in it. This place has kept my mind well oiled,
and has allowed me insights into the nature of things which I have found to be vital to moving through life from a position of awareness, rather than
a position of total oblivion. I cannot thank the membership, the moderators, or indeed the Owners and staff of this site enough, for offering this
environment in which to exercise my mind, and share the results with others. It has been a singular honour thus far, and I look forward to many more
years yet, sparring with and sharing with this beautiful, marvellous, intelligent, and informed member base.