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Why internet discussion boards are fab and Dawkins is wrong
Here's a quick post to express my sympathy with all the posters at the richarddawkins.net forum (RDF) — a place I hardly ever visited and never posted at but which must have had something going for it because when it was closed earlier this week it had over two million posts. Reading some of the reactions to it, I am again reminded that people who've never been part of an internet forum community don't have a clue about how important are these places that allow people from all over the world in engage with each other. To thousands of atheists they are a godsend, so to speak. And many of those who do know the benefits and spend most of their free time on one just can't comprehend why not everyone feels as they do. I know from my own extensive experience of internet discussion boards that the benefits reaped from them are immeasurable. They help people learn how to think critically and debate rationally. They provide a place where people can test and develop their ideas. They inspire