posted on Dec, 26 2011 @ 02:48 PM
I dislike labeling because it involves judgement. If you are to have a knowledgeable and rational discussion, labeling people has no place. If I say I
have doubts about evolution, I'm immediately labeled a creationist or Christian or whatever, while I'm not. I'm neither a creationist nor an
atheist nor a theist. People have trouble with that, but that's how it is, and no one has the right to tell me what I am or am not if I say that I'm
not, provided what I say doesn't contradict my actions. If people say they are not bigots, but then turn around and insult others just because they
gave a different opinion, the one who does the action has the issue, because that action is the exact definition of the word. There needs to be a
distinction between the definition of something, and an indirect indication. People often use indirect indications to judge people, and that is
annoying as hell, not to mention dangerous.
Needing labels in specific things does not mean that we should go around labeling everybody. For example the label "conspiracy theorist" is purely
based on ridiculing a person, so that other people who see that that person has been associated with such a label, will deem that person crazy and
delusional, a social outcast and a moron, and therefore no one should believe what that person says. If you look closely, a single label suddenly
ingrained a whole list of negative labels about someone, and this all damages any type of intellectual discussion that one hopes to have. Sure, labels
might have its uses, but in general, they are not used for any beneficial purpose, but for ridicule and personal attacks, and if that's the primary
way, labels have no place.
For a website that wants to "deny ignorance", whatever that means, labels have no place. If people wish to label themselves, that's fine, and then
someone else is allowed to use it for discussion purposes only, but if someone says he is not something, or does not believe something, and other
people insist that he is/does, there is no way there will be any progress in eliminating any sort of ignorance, and will only cause personal attacks
on the long run.