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The Latin words homo sapiens translate as thinking person . If "thinking" means "sub-vocalize whatever flits across the mind", the term is accurate.

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On the other hand... if "thinking" means "collect pertinent data, analyze that data, formulate theory"... lots of people never think... which does not prevent them from being loving parents, well-intentioned neighbors, effective employees,  ... These people learn, from early childhood, to "do as others do". This strategy can produce a healthy, happy, and productive life without ever thinking ... There is no obligation for anyone to think. That's a good thing because...

Thinking is hard!

Thinking is so hard that the very smartest people do not leave it to chance. Airline pilots have check-lists because they know that they cannot count on their memories. Scientists have codified the scientific method, to keep their "thinking" on track.

If thinking is hard, then "thoughtful conversation' is hard, too. It includes;
   - presenting previous "thought" (collect-analyze-formulate)
   - explaining why that previous thought is correct - or incorrect

The Beacon is a place for thoughtful conversations .

Because thinking is difficult, we need rules. We need a check-list .

And all members - that is to say everyone who participates in a conversation on The Beacon - must adhere.


 

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