I have no idea if a serious reply will go anywhere, but my objection is to the fact that they've run off the young, enthustiastic folks.Doctor X wrote:Oh, I can understand the emotional attachment. People spend a lot of time reading, writing, socializing. Then things change.
This situation has a greater potential for emotional attachment since it involves subjects people feel very strongly about, AND it provided the opportunity to contribute in ways beyond simply "reading and writing."
Face it, for the most part, skeptics are grumpy old white men. Yes, there are female skeptics (heard a great talk by one last month), young skeptics, skeptics of other races (I am, after all, married to one) etc, but the predominant group is old white men.
In order to be effective, we need to diversify. A lot. Running off the young and enthusiastic is just * D * U * M * B *
Especially when it's over an issue wherein the identity of at least most of those run off is not the real issue, it's a question of some kind of "thou must conform".