While I do not accept Elizabeth’s analysis of what divides us, I do share her desire to engage in a manner that values dialogue over diatribe.
So how to heal the rift, rather than drive the Wedge in further? It was always part of my vision for this site that we would try to do the former rather than the latter. It’s not easy, and we have not always been successful. But I am not despondent.
I don’t believe the rift can be healed. I believe the wedge is being driven in by multiple sides and it’s not possible to prevent the various sides from taking swings at it and driving it in further. Claims of “she hit me first” are childish at best, and unproductive.
So how to proceed. Well, first, I suggest a mutual respect. I think the desire for this is expressed in the site rules, in which respect each other becomes respect the rules, because the rules are worthy of respect, because we are each worthy of respect. Is that circular?
Think before you respond. Do I have something of substance to contribute? Is it possible I do not understand? Am I sure I am not misrepresenting the opposing view? Reduce trollish behavior.
Seek to understand. Dismissiveness is not a virtue. What are the propositions? What is the argument? What is the evidence?
ok, so far i’ve probably not said anything that anyone can disagree with, lol! This demonstrates that I am never wrong.
I do believe that in a past life I suggested a “book swap” approach. You pick a book then I pick a book. That went nowhere.
So what interests the regulars here at TSZ? Is ANTI-ID the general purpose of this site? I have lots of anti-ID books. We could look at their arguments.
I can’t promise that I’ll have time to engage deeply in any given topic, but I did try to come up with a list of topics of potential interest:
Organisms and Artifacts
Philosophy of Science