> I can agree with you on the grounds that within our current resource
> constraints, we have to more prudent in prioritizing what we spend our
> money on, and the 'Face on Mars' may certainly not fall into that
> category. What I object to is the unfair categorization you have
> thrown on Mac Tonnies. Calling him a 'crackpot' IMHO crossed the line
> from civility to bullying. As extropians I expect that we can make
> the most sincere attempts to resist such temptations despite our all
> too human urges to the contrary.
Mr. Tonnies may not be a rabid crackpot like Hoagland, but my post "how to spot a crackpot" pointed out common rhetorical tricks and and easily-spotted signs of such psychoceramics that critical thinkers should recognize and beware of. If pointing out bullshit in uncivil, then civility is overrated.
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