love and heretics

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Ratiocination: an experiment

If you like discussion without personal attacks, this is the place for you. If you consider yourself personally attacked when an idea you hold to be true is questioned or even attacked, (the idea mind you) then this is NOT the place for you. Would love to see more discussion from those willing to participate! No taboo topics. One rule: no personal attacks. A new group on facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/ratiocination/?pnref=story

This group has been created for a specific type of group discussion. It will be limited to those who have agreed to commit to attempting to separate emotion from the issues being discussed. The goals will be to argue about an issue from multiple angles and to strengthen each angle into the best possible argument, (whether it is agreed or disagreed with by individuals or the group). It involves a willingness to attempt to suspend preconceived beliefs and biases while weighing out all sides of the issues. The goal does not include ones of normal debate. It is not to win, or persuade.

โ€œEcologist Paul Ehrlich stressed that people who hold opposing opinions need to engage in open discussion with well-reasoned dissent. Positions should be questioned and criticized, not the people who hold them. Personal attacks preclude open discussion because, once someone is put on the defensive, fruitful exchanges are impossible, at least for the moment.โ€ โ€• Marc Bekoff

As such, personal attacks have no place here and will not be tolerated. There are plenty of other groups for that.

 

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6 Comments

  1. Hello Holly
    Hope you are keeping well

  2. Doing well. Thanks, Mak. And you?

    • I am doing well, my friend. Can’t complain.

      • Can’t? you have nothing to complain about whatsoever? (or you could but you choose not to… ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

        • There are many things I would complain about, if I chose to, but because they don’t bother me much, I don’t complain. Plus people who complain a lot are not good company, at least in my village. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Here as well. Complaining and negativity can be contagious, but so can the opposite.
    Nice to hear from you again, Mak. ๐Ÿ™‚

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