Science is our most successful tool for understanding the cosmos and ourselves. By using the scientific method and critical thinking, we went from tribal squabbles to exploring deep questions and often getting profound answers.
Freedom is the basic human right to do as one wants, unless it trespasses on other's equal rights to be free.
We prefer to let people express themselves freely here, so friendly discussion, constructive debate and the dialectic are acceptable, but violations of freedom will never be tolerated. We defend freedom and protect knowledge.
Plus, we are about changing parochial opinion based laws, or any laws, that impinge on basic human liberty (e.g. do what you like so long as you don't hurt anyone).