What each of us need to realize is that there are several behaviors that significantly lower the level of discourse:
1. Derision, smugness
2. Ridicule, ad hominem
4. Putting the twist on people's words to make their arguments sound simple-minded or dumb
5. Failing ever to cede a point
6. Evading questions or providing intentionally vague answers
7. Attribution of fallacies to argumentation
8. Attribution of dishonesty
9. Attacks at motivation
10. Passive aggressive tone or behavior
There are more I could list, but I think everyone understands the jist of theses points. This said, each of us have likely engaged in one or more of
these behaviors. My very reply to your post is aggressive and self-righteous, but only because I perceived yours to be unnecessarily uncomprising and
The fact is this: if participation in this forum and discussion with its members is something you value, that there is evidence for the paranormal (or
what can variously be called by that label) is something you will need to toss away. We are here to debate whether or not the evidence is enough to
convince each of us, but an acceptance of the term "evidence" is counter-productive and frankly, rude. And given the state of that evidence, it is
fully acceptable for a skeptic to call it by that name, or even to say that it is compelling. It is also acceptable for a advocate to say that it is
interesting and there, but not yet compelling, wrong and flat-earthed thinking as they are.
It is not however reasonable, given the state of lack of evidence for psi, for someone who is acquainted with it or who has spent significant time on
this forum to say that it is "right", "proved", "existent", etc without offering significant justification. If this is someone's opinion after seeing
it and hearing it defended on these boards then they may be on the wrong forum.
In the tradition of the best advocates and counter-advocates, parapsychology has never been respected as a science, the evidence has never been
acknowledged to be at least intriguing
, and the researchers have been paid no respect. We need to follow in that tradition.
edit on 10/11/2012 by eveshi because: (no reason given)