- Be kind.
- Be curious.
- Be relevant.
- Don’t be evil.
- Don’t be an asshole.
- Don’t be annoying.
No Tolerance Policy:
Expressing, defending, or advocating any of the following — particularly if blatant, egregious, and persistent — could result in an instant and permanent ban.
- Racism, race realism, eugenics, and genetic determinism
- Bigotry, xenophobia, hatefulness, and mean-spiritednes
- Violence, oppression, authoritarianism, and reactionary politics
- Inegalitarianism, illiberalism, anti-democracy, and unfreedom
- Anti-intellectualism, scientific denialism, ideological dogmatism, and lack of humility
- Excessive contrarianism, argumentativeness, antagonism, and divisiveness
- Trolling and trollish behavior
- Et cetera
Prior to being banned, there may be no warning or explanation given. But, generally, this only applies to extreme cases. Benefit of the doubt will be offered. And no ill will is intended. The purpose is to create and maintain a positive atmosphere.
A General Message:
Welcome! You have entered someone’s personal space. All commenters are here as guests and should treat this blog like visiting a friend’s home. Be respectful and use your best manners. If you do so, the host will treat you with graciousness.
Diverse views and new information is welcomed and encouraged. Open debate and challenging positions are tolerated. Even direct disagreement and harsh criticism can be fine, up to a point. But easygoing discussion, friendly conversation, and fruitful dialogue is preferred. There are no debating points to be won.
This blogging project is motivated by radical imagination and revolutionary vision. It is dedicated to intellecual inquiry, liberal-mindedness, and the public good. If you oppose those values and that worldview, then you are in the wrong place. You are free to voice your opinions elsewhere.
No space will be given nor time wasted on pointless arguments over basic issues of fact, values, and principles. The territory of topics covered in this blog is immense, but the intention is narrow and focused. Please respect this intention and respect others here who agree with this intention.
At the most fundamental level, a moral impulse cannot be logically argued, cannot be scientifically proven. Attempting to do so would be pointless, frustrating, and unhelpful. One either shares a common moral vision or not.
Thanks in advance for your cooperation.