First, I would like to request that anyone who comments do so with a certain amount of civility. You are welcome to criticize other people’s arguments, but attacking the person making the argument is not permitted. Similarly, I would like everyone to feel comfortable reading through the comments, so please refrain from profanity.
Second, please stay on topic. If your comments are not relevant to the specific topic discussed in the post, the will be ignored or deleted.
Third, please try to be concise and clear. Long rambling paragraphs are difficult and time consuming to respond to. Ideally, make your argument in the form of a syllogism and either demonstrate that I have committed a logical fallacy or provide legitimate sources that show that my facts are in error (note: “legitimate sources” means either peer-reviewed literature or statements from internationally recognized professional organizations). If you are going to claim that I or one of the commenters are in error, then you need to give a very specific reason why you think that.
I will never block anyone who is making actual arguments (or at least attempting to), even if I disagree with those arguments, but I also will not tolerate ad hominem assaults (at me or anyone else). I want the comments section to be a civil environment for discussing and debating scientific and logical issues. If your comments are consistently counterproductive to that goal, then you run the risk of being blocked. To be clear, I have nothing against healthy sarcasm and witty jabs, but there is no excuse for name calling or attacking people who disagree with you. So please, keep your comments civil (I truly do not want to block anyone).
Finally, please be aware that because of my research, I often do not have internet access for months at a time, so my responses may be sporadic.
P.S. please remember, nobody likes trolls