Today I found myself reading a debate on an environmental forum between two people with very different opinions regarding the effects of Fukishima on the Pacific Ocean. I noticed the further I got into the debate the more vile and toxic both individuals become. I do not know either of these people, but given the nature of the site, and the time invested in the debate from both sides, I would wager a guess that these are probably two somewhat intelligent and well intentioned humans. The debate was essentially reduced to juvenile name calling towards the end.
Reading this conversation inspired me to write this.
The real truth is probably some place in the middle. Humans often
take a side and then go as far to the extreme with that side as
possible, while being willfully ignorant of any new information that
might be available, and being unwilling to conceive that someone else
may have a better perspective , or consider new data that may become
available. Extremism of any kind is the birthplace of ignorance.