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« Arkansas Removes Anti-Evolution Stickers The RantsCarnival of the Godless #3 »

Our Door is Always Open
2005.02.11 (Fri) 16:47

Since we opened up shop here in November, we've received several comments on our Rant entries and a fair number of e-mails via our Contact page. We would like to thank all those who have taken the time to visit our site, and to all those who took the extra time to provide feedback, please know that we appreciate it.

As we said in our opening Rant:

A little over a year ago, we were unaware of many of the problems that we discuss on our site. Since we have begun researching these issues, we have been shocked on numerous occasions about what some people believe, and the agendas those beliefs drive. Like us, we believe that most intelligent people would be angry, upset, and eager to join the fray once they learn what is going on.

Our simple goal is to get the word out to those people so that they may act. At the same time, we hope to learn from our readers; to have our facts and conclusions challenged in rational ways so that we, too, may continue to learn. To that end, please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments you may have, or to comment on any of our rants.

This, to us, is the heart of what we're doing here.

We'd also like to address something that we've seen a few times around the blogosphere. We certainly have some strongly held opinions — there's no denying that. However, we found it strange that some might refer to us as "radical" regarding our positions or actions. We have spent a lot of time critically thinking through what we’ve written, and we certainly stand by it. That said, we are certainly not correct 100% of the time, and we are completely open to any inquiries from anyone who visits our site. If anyone — regardless of their own belief system or point of view — wishes to question something on our site, we welcome it completely. That includes questioning our facts, our definitions, our conclusions, and anything else on our site. We love when people question us, and we have explicitly asked for this kind of feedback on our site. In fact, the form on our Contact page has a selection specifically called Challenging the Score.

We look at it this way: when we receive a comment or question, it almost certainly means that we will be doing more research on a topic that we've written about. Generally, the feedback leads us to examine an angle that we hadn't seen before, or to dig deeper into something we've only touched upon, and it gets our brains working in new directions. Sometimes, after researching a question, we are able to refine or change our original position, and sometimes we are able to further solidify our position, and perhaps the questioner will better understand our point of view. Either way, for us it's all about the dialogue — that's how we keep learning.

It is critical to understand that this invitation to provide feedback extends to everyone, including people who firmly believe in things that we deem to be "silly" or "bullshit." We do not hate these people, and we value any and all logical feedback that such a person might provide. If you think we are overlooking the validity of homeopathic remedies, tell us about a study we should look at. If you see flawed data that we are referring to, point us to some other data. If you see a flaw in our logic, tell us where you think we went wrong. If you've got a good point to make, then we want to hear it. However, if you simply want to hit us in the head with the bible, or tell us that we're just too stupid to be open to the paranormal, well, we'll certainly point out your lack of logic, and we'll likely make fun of you as well; but we'll still welcome your comments, and we'll still logically address your feedback, no matter how illogical we think it is.

The great thing about the blogosphere is the fact that it provides open forums for discussion, and it allows these discussions to include people who are outside of our regular circle of friends and associates. It is the addition of these differing viewpoints that makes blogging truly worthwhile.

A flaw that we so often point out in others is an inability to accommodate a dynamic worldview — one that can change and adapt to new data or circumstances. We would never want to be accused of having a stubborn and static viewpoint, and will strive to consider any valid opinions that are presented to us. At the end of the day, if we weren’t open to inquiries that called our opinions and conclusions into question, and if we were unwilling to change our positions when confronted with logic and facts to the contrary, then our opinions would be no better than the silly beliefs that we laugh at.


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