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commented on Sept. 17, 2011
Before joining as a paid member I wanted to observe IONS to see if it fit my idea of an openly-inquiring and scientific body.
I get the feeling that this organization is one that only presumes to bestow on its members, its own 'wisdom' or those it sanctions. There are lectures, workshops, events, videos, articles, etc., which are evidently all output. No doubt there is scientific research by those with credentials... who either presume to know, or admit not-to-know but only to others with equal credentials. I don't see a call for open input, debate, discussion that would fit the field of inquiry. Such a hierarchical and closed environment it appears. Am I wrong?
Of course, there is this Discussion Category. But, I see little genuine inquiry going on among the members, and a complete absence of IONS staff participation in open inquiry. Where's the spirit of curiosity, wonder, exploration????
Isn't it obvious to anyone but me that those who profess to know, are the very ones who are most ignorant? I'll hang on a little longer at this forum (where I evidently don't belong) to see what response this brings.