Thanks. I’ve been working a lot lately and just got a break. Thought I’d see if there was any follow up.
Here is my take on this board. Actually I saw someone else mentioned this as a reason another person left the discussion: That is the signal to noise ratio is so low.
Homunculus, it isn’t that I felt slighted or misunderstood. I expect to have to debate some issues (e.g. with ConservativeAthiest). But look what happens. I provided a reading list. Someone else did something similar. I asked for earnest discourse. Some of you responded, but in general, the discussions just go off in some unstructured direction and there is never any followthrough. I went back to the science topic to see what happened with my debate with CA re: climate change. Nothing, no further comments, no rebuttal or admission of a change of view. Nothing.
To me these just haven’t been productive. I want to learn new stuff too. And, frankly Peregrine, I just can’t get much out of TC’s idiotic posts, or out of many of the others. There have been a few people that seemed, at first, to be not only rational but intelligent and knowledgable but later proved to be just as ideological as the religious zealots. I followed a thread once that was about the academic freedom bills that are being foisted on state legislatures by a religious group out of Colorado. I followed this because I am a professor and our professional organization has been tracking the development of this movement. The thread I followed sickened me. Someone from Florida - Wotonsson - who made such a noise about being rational savagely attacked the person who started the thread and accused him/her of being the worst kind of elitest professor. As I followed the thread it became clear that this rational individual must have had some kind of issue with higher education.
Anyway, lest I ramble, I just haven’t seen much in the way of collaborative discussions of the sort that might actually result in some kind of consensus on action. There were several attempts to tackle intelligent design being taught in school, but no real followup.
So, I guess I’ll hang around in the background and check in from time to time to see if there is any real intellectual effort here. For example, if someone actually got one of the books/papers I recommended, read it, and offered a perspective for discussion. Or, better yet, offered a reference of their own - something I could get my hands on to study - that would be a que that this might be worth the effort.
Hope I don’t offend (at least those I have thought offered serious comments). But that is my thinking about this board right now.
And I’m still greatful for all the fish (anyone see the new version?)