Having suffered more than enough irritation at the hands of commenters with little regard for what constitutes reasonable discourse, I hereby offer the following suggestions for readers inclined to comment here:
- If you don't know what falsificationism is, then you'd best get yourself a copy of Popper's Logic of Scientific Discovery before engaging me in argumentation about matters scientific. It isn't worth my time to argue science with people who don't even understand how the thing works.
- Expanding on the previous point, if you want to advance a theory about the world, and entertain any hopes of my taking what you have to say seriously, avoid at all costs tacking on auxiliary hypotheses to "explain" away every data point that runs counter to your theory, as I've no intention on wasting precious moments of my existence disputing people whose claims have been immunized against falsification.
- If you insist on repeatedly indulging in fallacious arguments despite having your errors pointed out to you, expect to get banned in short order. I have no interest in suffering foolishness indefinitely, and I don't give a damn how anyone else feels about it.
- In particular, it does not constitute "censorship" if I refuse to entertain any response someone or other wishes to make. I am not the American government.
- Empirical claims about the world are best backed up with hard evidence, i.e, references to actual books or papers that substantiate your assertions. If the best you can do is popular magazine articles, then you'd be well advised to qualify your claims appropriately, and if all you have to go on is memory, don't argue as if you had a stack of peer-reviewed research papers by your side.
- For references related to medicine or human biology, PubMed is your friend: use it.
- You'll find that I have a bit more patience with what you have to say if you actually leave a real name rather than a pseudonym, or at least if you have a website with your reputation attached to it, and there's more to your site than endless permutations on rants about innate shortcomings of certain races or the conspiratorial nature of particular minorities. Fly-by-night commenters do not deserve to be given the benefit of the doubt, and they won't receive it from me.
- Antisemites, racists, "revisionists" [sic] and advocates of mass-murder under any guise are not welcome here. This isn't Stormfront, VDare, the Institute for Historical Review [sic] or any other such cesspool.
My general philosophy is "pauca sed matura", "few but ripe"; I'd rather hear from a few highly intelligent and morally decent old-timers than host discussions that deteriorate into empty flame-fests spurred on by anonymous newcomers, and as a rule the higher the sustained quality of your comments over time, the more leeway I will be inclined to give you. I'm an intellectual elitist: sue me.