SOFiA values the honest (and clearly-expressed) exploration of ideas and views that challenge or reflect on the status quo in the fields of reason, philosophy, ethics, religion, science and the arts. We share a common interest in discovering, as individuals, what we can and cannot believe in.
Our Network is therefore, by default, a fan of free speech.
Nine Media commentator Elizabeth Farrelly has outlined some important fallacies regarding free speech, fallacies well worth reflecting upon:
- Disagreement is insult.
- Words are deeds.
- Silencing a thought disempowers it.
- Ideas come in bundles.
- Emotional comfort is your right.
- In an ideal world everyone agrees.
I would add one more fallacy, in light of trends in political debate across the Pacific (if not here): a shared sense of reality and rationality in debate is unimportant.
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