The Skeptical Science Hub

Welcome to The Skeptical Science Hub, one of our Nodes of Scienc...e. Join us in our goal for respectful and evidence-based discussions. Through mutual discourse and critical thinking, we hope to better understand the nuances of a variety of science and technology subjects. We also encourage meta-discussions on the nature of science, scientific reasoning, and skeptical inquiry.

Our Nodes of Science communities provide evidence-based discussions exploring public science issues. Each of our groups emphasises skeptical inquiry, critical thinking, and mutual discussion. Through collective puzzle-solving and sharing of ideas, we seek to build an open atmosphere for learning and curiosity. Our communities should be places where anyone can freely and comfortably ask questions about scientific topics and work together with others to discover the answers. Our intention is to create shared working spaces where all are invited to put their ideas and information onto the table for open discussion, exploration, and evaluation.

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~Nodes of Science Principles for Mutual Discussion~

1. *Strive to Improve Overall Discussion* Help keep quality high, build upon existing ideas, and stay tidy.

2. *Focus on the Ideas Rather than the Speaker* Criticism of ideas is welcome, but personal attacks, abuse, and insults are likely to ruin discussion.

3. *Support Factual Claims with Evidence* All members should take initiative in providing evidence for their own claims and requesting sources from others even if the conclusions are not disputed.

4. *Give People and Ideas a Chance* Apply the principle of charity to the claims people make and give the benefit of the doubt to the people making the claims. Listening and asking honest questions prevents misunderstandings.

5. *Show, Don't Only Tell* Sharing reasons and evidence supporting opinions, conclusions, and beliefs improves the quality of conversation because the community wants to know why people believe what they do, not only what they believe.

6. *Reduce the Visual Noise* Unnecessary images, memes, and image macros clog and distract discussions. Infographics and educational videos, however, improve discussion.

7. *Guide Discussion* Adding summary or explanation to posts, links, and images helps improve discussion because people will know what they are looking at and why.

8. *Respect Other Contributions* Deleting threads where others have commented or comments that have become a part of discussion deteriorates discussion because people have contributed time and effort.

9. *Be patient* Since our communities are for mutual discussion, conversation improves when people have a chance to speak and respond. Rapid-fire posting or flooding the forum decreases the quality of discussion.

10. No advertising spam, solicitations, or promotions without administrator approval.