reply to post by Fraudfinder
I am here because this site offers several services which are, in my experience unique, and are certainly unique in combination with one another.
First of all, this place has become a hub, through which all news eventually flows. I believe it is my duty as a human being, to keep myself aware of
current affairs, both relating to living my life here in the UK, and to the way that other human beings in other locations are living their lives, all
over the planet. Doing so prevents me from falling into the trap of nationalism and sensationalism, like so many of my fellow Britons (read: readers
of The Sun and so on). By being a place where one can access reportage from all over the world, on all manner of topics, this site offers me the
opportunity to compare the way stories are reported in different locations. For example, when a political crisis between two world powers begins or
spikes, one can use this site to compare the reportage from both the key player nations, and the nations which orbit the issue, either by way of
having treaty or land border with any key player nation.
All sides of an issue, can in this way be explored and understood, and by doing this, by taking the time to look past the political bias of the
publications involved, a more worldly view can be taken of any given topic. This is healthy, because it promotes critical thinking and honest self
examination, and allows a person to sift out the propaganda from both sides of a dispute, military action, and so on and so forth.
The other thing that keeps me coming back here, is not just the access to reportage, but access to raw information. People here post threads on
cutting edge physics and material science, biology, astrophysics, quantum mechanics, and a great host of other inspiring and interesting topics.
People here post on these subjects with passion (if not always with the greatest attention to accuracy
) and I have never found another place on the
internet, or in life, where so many people were so damned enthusiastic about science and technology, as some posts on these matters would attest to. I
love the attitude of the members who post threads and raw data with excitement on these matters, and apart from anything else, I love that there are
members here who are prepared to debate these issues in open forum. The fact is, that until I came across this site, I was undernourished in terms of
my access to data and discussion on these topics, and they are topics in which I have a deep and abiding interest, and have had since I was very
In the time between my first wondering glimpse of the cosmos, and coming across this site however, I was in a position where I was the ONLY person in
my immediate circle, who wanted to even think about these matters, let alone talk about them. Having an outlet for those interests has been life
affirming, vindicating, and has probably saved my sanity more times than I can count. It is extremely difficult to describe the pressure that builds
in ones head, when one is starkly aware that one is alone in ones capacity to consider concepts beyond the realm of the day to day, and until I found
this website, I pretty much was. That was horrible. This site has provided me with not only the ability to relieve that pressure, but to learn from
people who are as passionate about science and learning, as I am, if not more so! I will never be able to express the full measure of my gratitude
toward the ownership, administrators, and members for providing such a rich environment. The best I can do is to try and benefit from it as much as is
humanly possible, and not squander the opportunity to learn that this place has given me.
There is one final thing I would like to mention, that keeps me coming back. My fellow members. Some of you guys are clearly insane. Some of you are
autistic, others are geniuses, and yet others are for want of a better word, idiots. Some of you folks share attributes of all of the above! I find
myself agreeing with some of you, and disagreeing with others. And you know what? It does not matter, because I love every single one of you. Each and
every member in this place adds a little something to the greater whole, and I love this place, and by extension every person who has ever committed
their thinking to the boards. This place just would not be the same, absent any single one of us, and I am of the opinion that membership of this
site, howsoever come by, marks every one of us as just a little different, to everyone outside the membership. We are a people prepared to embrace and
explore concepts that many would totally discard without even a moments thought or consideration. We are people prepared to look ourselves in the face
and question our own motivations. We are ATS, and I love what we are together as people, and every person individually who makes it possible.
I am so incredibly grateful for every creative, caring, brutal, insightful, berserk, insane, calculating, gorgeous, ugly one of you people, and your
contributions to this place. See above all, this is a community of thought, and those are, when you boil it all down, my two favorite things. The
voyage of thought, and the feeling of being a part of something greater than myself.
These are the reasons that I come back here, hour after hour, and day after day. I have done since 2007, and I will continue to do so as long as I
have the capacity, and the site continues to run.