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Welcome to the Philosophy, Sociology & Psychology Forum
This debate-oriented forum is for the discussion of philosophical ideas that can be backed up with some sort of thoughtful logic and reasoning. Topics may include epistemology, ethics, metaphysics/ontology, the psychology of mind and the sociological study of cultural and individual behavior.
If you choose to post in this forum be prepared to have your ideas and opinions challenged, refuted, disputed, rebutted, analyzed, shredded, pooh-poohed, and yes - even supported. If having your beliefs, opinions, and positions scrutinized critically makes you uncomfortable, this is not the forum for you.
For the purposes of a civil discussion, there are a few simple rules for posting in this forum:
1) No flaming. If you can't state your case or refute someone else's case without calling him/her "stupid" or an "idiot" don't post here. This forum is for intelligent discussion, not for belittling someone who holds differing opinions. This rule will be strictly enforced. If you have been warned already you will receive a ban, if you continue to flame you will be banned permanently. Choose your words wisely or suffer the consequences.
2) Whenever possible, when quoting a source please provide a link.
3) If you're going to post a link to a video or external web page, also please include a description of what the link is about and a proposed topic for discussion. Posts not conforming to this will be deleted.
4) Avoid malicious personalisms. We're all human and nobody expects a completely sterile discussion, but please try to keep to the topic, and leave the folks you're talking to personally out of the discussion. A certain level of personal banter is in the grey area while getting to know your fellow posters over time, but keep it well-intentioned and keep it ON-TOPIC. What constitutes malice is left up to the moderator's discretion; if you have any questions, complaints or suggestions please notify a moderator.
Overall, any conflict will be avoided by sticking to strict discussion of ideas and not the posters themselves. No flames or trolling will be censored, but offenders who cross the line over into malicious personalisms will be promptly warned and banned if they keep it up. To avoid this, the solution is simple: stick to the IDEAS and not the POSTERS.
5) Long-time forum regulars will generally get a littler more discretion from the moderators than noobs. This is in recognition of their many contributions to the nature and character of this forum, and the many times they've had to deal with the noob who shows up with a new, mind-blowing concept that's actually an old rag we've deconstructed here a hundred times over the years. If you're new here, keep that in mind. Stick around and become a regular yourself!
6) Anything not covered here is at the moderators' discretion.
You are free to present pretty much anything philosophical that you want to put up for consideration - you can even espouse ideas most people would find ludicrous or repugnant. What you can't do is attack the person making the ludicrous or repugnant statements. You can bring to bear all your rhetorical skills and articulate arguments in an attempt to expose the idea under discussion as ludicrous, repugnant or whatever - as a matter of fact you are encouraged to do so - but the acceptable method is to direct all your weaponry at the IDEA being presented, not at the person presenting the idea.
Note (03/30/2012): The "personal feedback" rule has been rescinded.