I know that atheists aren't immune to groupthink, but I mean come on people!
I'm seeing discussions pop up in groups like "pro-choice atheists" and then think to myself: 'how productive can these discussions possibly be?
The trend continues with feminist groups and discussions by established members catering to biases.
Come now! I spend all day fighting christian groupthink and come back to see it exhibited here!! This is supposed to be my release from closed mindedness!
I agree with pro-choice. I agree with feminism (at least the concept. applications debated). But segregating ourselves from opposite opinions and having discussions about the 'effectiveness of our opinion' is WRONG (willing to debate that =P)!!!
The reason that I come here to A/N is to enjoy free thought discussions and bring any group knowledge (not from debating, more factual stuff) to other places. If you consult the same opinion, you will always be right. This isn't how we learn. It isn't how we make ourselves well-rounded persuaders.
Go ahead and make your groups. Share your information with each other and rejoice in your group's opinion. Don't discuss your opinion here though!
Make another group (discussions on feminism? Discussions on pro-choice?) that invites opposite opinions and take your group's knowledge here and anything you learn back. This is the way openmindedness works. This is the way progress works.
Sorry if this is overly critical or anything. I'm feeling rather discouraged seeing after some of these same tendencies from my debates with theists. Nobody's perfect of course. I just thought I should get the thought out there.
Anybody like to contest my opinion?