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August 05, 2004

Free Thoughts?
Kaveh Khodjasteh  [info|posts]

tiles_ftoi.png When I joined this project about a year ago, I was not sure if it was a good idea. In fact I didn't even know if I liked the idea and surely I didn't know if I did the right thing. I didn't know if this was to answer an urge of self-replication, now infinitely easier using the internet, out of a selfish benign feeling for my compatriots in Iran, many of them suffering, and many not knowing about them, or was it out of sheer vanity. I don't know and it is now too late to care for such an answer.

I am in no position to argue or report on the goals and (potential) achievements of the freethoughts dot org project, neither am I qualified to elaborate on what an individual (author/reader) might gain from it. However I give myself the right to ask a few questions to mark the anniversary of the Free Thoughts on Iran (FToI) project. Please enlighten us with comments and answers:

(0) Why the name? What makes this project free thoughts on Iran, and why to choose the internet domain name "freethoughts"? What gives us to claim that liberae sunt nostrae cogitationes [Our thoughts are free]?

(1) Why should a bunch of people mostly with "science" or "technical" backgrounds write for a project that deals with "humanities"? A social network is behind the formation current group of authors no less, but who should be qualified to write anyway?

(2) What shall these "free thoughts" be about? May I talk about "determinism" in the light of "moral objectivity" and vice versa here? May I write about my favorite "wake-up music"? May I ask people feedback on my new paper?

(3) Why the comment moderation? Is it free only for the authors and restricted for the readers? Is it just a bunch of dogmatic tyrants ranting about their own wisdom, shutting up anyone who attacks them?

(4) Who is the intended audience? People in Iran who know English? Why would they care about an amateurish project of a bunch of Iranian students, talking about things that they might already know? International readers? Why would they care about an amateurish project of a bunch of Iranian students, talking about things that they might already know?

(5) ... Add your favorite question here!

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