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Author Topic:   What if this forum was dominated by creationists?
Diomedes
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Message 6 of 86 (707689)
09-30-2013 12:30 PM
Reply to: Message 1 by yenmor
09-30-2013 3:09 AM


The forum I was speaking of is an extreme example of when the entire forum has been taken over by one side of the debate, and all voices of opposition are banned regularly.

What you describe is essentially when fanaticism takes hold. While we are used to that being constrained to religious venues, it can manifest just about anywhere. Look at the 9/11 Truthers or the Birthers to get an example of blind adherence to an opinion clouding one's judgement.

With that being said, EVC seems to go out of its way to be as accommodating as possible. I'm new to posting here, but I have been a lurker for some time. The main rules of conduct here are generally staying on topic and keeping the insults to a minimum.

Now if the EVC was dominated by Creationists, I would argue that you would no longer see the kind of discourse that exists here. Instead, it would eventually morph into a more dogmatic posting style where opposing (i.e. evolutionist viewpoints) would eventually be deleted and the posters banned.

A good frame of reference is Conservapedia, the 'counter' to Wikipedia. They heavily sensor the content and ban edits from those individuals who do not meet the status quo.


"Our future lies not in our dogmatic past, but in our enlightened present"

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Diomedes
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Message 10 of 86 (707695)
09-30-2013 12:54 PM
Reply to: Message 8 by yenmor
09-30-2013 12:42 PM


Re: Come one come all
yenmor writes:

Regarding the tech forum I was banned from, I have no doubt that they meant no ill will to me. And that's the problem with one-minded group thinking. When you surround yourself only with voices you agree with, then it's very easy to see differing opinion as a personal attack.

As someone who also works in the software industry, I actually see this problem from time to time. It becomes especially prevalent with certain engineering types that get married to one technology to the point where it is literally sacrosanct to them. Sadly, this also leads to narrow mindedness as well as stagnation with the software itself, since the individuals who are blinded by their view cannot see the more simplistic solution and will instead attempt to pigeon-hole their technology into the problem at hand.

Generally speaking, this is rare. Most engineers (including myself) try to be relatively open minded. And since we, at a core level, love to tinker, I still like to experiment with different technologies just to see what is available that might make my job easier.


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