a reply to: SkepticOverlord
It seems to me, from reading the odd thread in that forum myself, and indeed by reviewing this thread, that the issue can be boiled down to a few key
problems in mindset with some of the membership.
It is interesting to me on a sort of anthropological level, that a sort of tribalism has entered into this topic, with two groups basically swinging
their gonads at one another from opposite sides of a perceived divide. The OSer/Truther war has consisted of little else, and the reason is that
tribalism is an old, tried and tested mindset into which human beings naturally fall.
However, that nature is something that we have a choice in nowadays, and it is the height of stupidity to engage in too much of that tribalism, given
the choices, the alternatives available. Knowing where you stand on the issues is important. It gives you drive, determination, singularity of purpose
and intent. Those are positive things, by and large. However, being so polarised that one cannot see the wisdom of a persons points, just because
those points seem to do horrific damage to your own position is the height of idiocy.
What we need to remember at all times is this. We are human beings before we are anything else. Before we attain religion for ourselves, before we
attain political bias, before we develop language skills, preferences for music, an understanding of science and technology, before we attain any of
our intellectual and demographically relevant traits, we are human beings, and all of us have a duty to one another.
In the world outside this website, human beings are always taking a stand on one side of a divide or another, largely because there are no
alternatives provided which seem sensible or offer a better future for mankind. Here on this site however, we have the option to maintain the position
that we are human first, that all the differences aside from that are broadly superficial and secondary concerns, that treating those who differ from
us in view, with enough respect to be intellectually honest with ourselves and our fellow members in our conduct is desirable, positive, and may just
occasionally result in better outcomes for discussions, better learning in their outworking.
We have the choice to abandon tribalism here, and to accept our position as part of the greater tribe of humanity, to observe the aggregate, rather
than focus on the microcosm of extreme locality, to see the big picture, rather than occupy a mere pixel with our intellects. We should embrace
alternatives to our beliefs and understandings where ever possible, because it is by doing so that our understanding of humanity, and thereby of
ourselves, may increase.
By refusing to accept the lessons learned by so doing, that understanding does not grow, or even maintain a base level, but diminishes over time.
Forget your tribe, forget your bias, and interact with the information itself on an honest level. Makes sense to me.