Welcome to the Skeptiko forum... we're glad you're hanging around for some intelligent, hard-nosed debate on topics that matter. As you know, many of the topics discussed here are controversial. In order to foster these hard-to-have conversations and not devolve into a free-for-all this forum is moderated. Here are some general guidelines to give you an idea of where we're coming from: 1) Respect each other... remember there's a real person on the other end of that post. 2) Be transparent... from your username to the content of your posts. 3) Contribute... make your contributions meaningful. Do your research. Link to additional resources. Ask intelligent questions. 4) Be community oriented. It takes a village make things better. Alex & Andy WHICH FORUM IS FOR ME? We have several forums. The Skeptiko Podcast forum is for folks who listen (or read) the show and want to discuss the topics and related issues in greater depth. People who accept that scientific materialism isn't a workable idea generally fit in here. If you're not a good fit for this forum we may ask you to move over to... Critical Discussions forum is for hashing out debates about science and spirituality from a prove-it-all-from-the-ground-up perspective. If you're generally skeptical of the material presented in the Skeptiko podcast you're probably a good fit for this forum.