“But Debate Me”

Science is a race, not a boxing match.

Examples

These discussions are vital. Sad to see scientists blocking debate.

(PeterD)

You’re more than welcome to call the Charles Adler Tonight show I’ll be filling in on to have a conversation.

(ZackH)

Objections and Replies

Avoid. At least twice now you avoid criticizing my model illustrating—
☞ Nobody is entitled to room service unless commitments have been made.

Censorship

Coward If you do not debate me, you’re a—

Moderation.
Online platforms have terms of service. Moderation is here to stay. If contrarians don’t like that they can go hide under their beds.

Omertà.
☞ You mean How Exxon Silences Staff Alarmed by the Climate Crisis, According to a Former Employee?

Open. Open the debate!
Scientists tend to ignore those who ignore science and just stick to predetermined narrative.

Silence.

Notes

{} Cf. Can channel #ButAnonymous if it includes “debate me, coward.” Can also channel #ButMyGuru if the “me” extends to one of contrarians’ guru.

{} Self-Respect. Respect yourself enough so you don’t have to give attention to anyone you feel disrespects you.

{} Society. We live in a society.

{} True Censorship. True censorship

Rather than engage these people with deep down details which invite obfuscation, I think it’s best to focus on the essence of the problem, which they have no idea how to rebut (Scott Denning).

Readings

2018-10; Debate Me.