Engineer here. I have spent a lot of time with non-engineers. Basically every friend I have ever had was not in engineering or sciences. On paper they sound a bit like Rob. The difference is that they were rational people who valued having a very logical person around. On the flip side, I am very logical, but have an intense love for the arts. I love literature, film, poetry, painting, design, architecture, music, etc..First. When I started this thread back in October I was merely asking for input about the pros and cons of getting the flu shot. I knew there is a wide range of experience and knowledge here on the WFF. I certainly got input from both sides of the aisle. Personally, I believe it's a good idea to study both sides of an argument.
Second. I eagerly read each and every one of Rob's posts. I have no one on my ignore list.
I think of the many stories of Xanthippe, the wife of Socrates. She was depicted as a Shrew who tortured and frustrated Socrates. Socrates held her in high esteem because she challenged everything he said. He knew if his argument held up to her scrutiny it was a solid argument. She attacked his philosophical positions with a vengeance but also with a point of view he lacked. She was not nearly the mind he was, but was a crucial part of history.
It is my opinion that Scientific Inquiry began with people like Xanthippe. At one time it was a given that the earth was mostly flat. It was only when that given was challenged did we alter our ideas about our planet.
In my world, challenges to my POV are good things.
I've said before, I find Rob hilarious. I don't think highly enough of most people to get angry about things they say that are absolutely ignorant, or untrue.