Thread to Professor Tim Caulfield
It takes both sides to mend a broken society
I have invited Prof Tim Caulfield, professor in the Faculty of Law and School of Public Health at the University of Alberta, to an open civilised discussion with Dr Byram Bridle, associate professor in viral immunology at the University of Guelph. Dr Bridle accepted my invitation. Prof Tim Caulfield blocked me on Twitter.
Here’s my thread to Prof Tim Caulfield:
It breaks my heart to see their propaganda succeed at creating a chasm through the heart of society. Never did I think that a scientists will reject the exchange of ideas, @CaulfieldTim
Are we after the truth or after being right?
Do we care to save lives or save our egos?
Most are after being right or saving their ego, Tim @CaulfieldTim.
Only a few have enough courage to seek the truth to save lives. Only a few take great personal risks and uphold their principles when under pressure. 2/
I have reached out to you, Tim, @CaulfieldTim, in good will. Why did you block me? Why did you decline?
I don't wish to hurt anyone. I have set the ground rules of the conversation to ensure that there is mutual respect. Because only then can science be discussed.
Just like the Aristotelian virtues are pinned on the Golden Mean between two extremes, e.g. courage lies between cowardice and recklessness, likewise the truth, Tim @CaulfieldTim.
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Open scientific debate activates push and pull forces between the two ends of the spectrum allowing us to approach the truth, somewhere in the middle, before it eludes us again as new information emerges and the process must be repeated.
Finding the truth is a collaboration, Tim @CaulfieldTim
You see 👇. We all need each other. The last thing we should be is be apart.
Why should we accept this divide?
Who is benefiting from us being apart, Tim? @CaulfieldTim
I ask you, Tim, @CaulfieldTim, again to please reconsider your decision.
It takes both sides to mend a broken heart and social divide.
I'm sure you can find it in your heart to accept my invitation to a Common Ground @Twitter Space.
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If you owned slaves, and you believed, as did American slave owners, that your position was divine and/or unarguable, would you consent to debate a slave? Did slave owners debate abolitionists? (I honestly don't remember.) Just as important, was there any chance that slavery would have been abolished as a result of such a debate? Maybe they--people like your antagonist--are saving time? 😜
Imagine having hope that this type of debate will actually happen - they know , they would lose and that can't be allowed .