I am weary of rancor and enmity on the internet. As a result, many times I’ve found myself echoing the poignant words of Rodney King in the wake of the unfolding L.A. riots: “People, I just want to say, you know, can we all get along?”
So I am always heartened when my blog can occasion the exchange of rigorous and eminently civil dialogue on big topics. As a case in point I cite the article I posted yesterday: “I intended to write this article. So much the worse for reductionism.” More specifically I cite the growing discussion thread that accompanies the article. Here we see a vigorous and congenial exchange of perspectives. We may not end up changing each others’ minds about the nature of those minds :), but that doesn’t mean we can’t like and respect each other.