- Fact-based speculation and random speculation are not the same nor on a par.
- Healthy fact-based skepticism is not equal to toxic absolutive skepticism based on petty feeling.
- Speculation is not a danger to Reason for those with minds sophisticated enough to separate fact from fantasy.
- In fact, without speculation, we lack a vital step in the learning process since speculation helps us reflect on the implications of new information.
- We must have clear reasons for our objections, not just for our personal conclusions.
- I reserve the right to delete comments that I deem unconstructive (whether abusive, factless or downright nutty).
- I don't distinguish trolls from genuine but stubbornly ignorant persons - both are unworthy to have voice in an academic forum. (ie. This isn't a kindergarten.)
12 Oct 2009
Given recent comments, let's overtly explain what my intentions are as a blogger and how I moderate my blog against the general intrusions of internet nonsense. Paleoglot discusses comparative linguistics (most often on Proto-IE and ancient Aegean languages), but I will often speculate about things that are of interest to me based on existing facts. Please note the following: