Hello, there.

I am Scott Madin, and this is my blog. I have a wide range of interests, and I hope that I will, from time to time, have moderately interesting things to say about many of them. As such, there is no real topic or theme to this blog as a whole; I write about things that interest me, or that I’ve been thinking about, or that other people have written about, when I think I have something worthwhile to say about them.1

What I don’t write about, however, is myself. I’m not a very interesting person, really, and even if I were, there’s nothing more boring than reading about the life of someone you don’t know. I have other places to discuss the mundanities of my everyday life.

This is not, of course, to say that I try to keep myself — that is, my views, opinions, judgments — out of my writing here. Quite the contrary! I have plenty of opinions, and most are strongly held, and as anyone who knows me will tell you, I’m not shy about expressing them. I do think that to merely state my opinions without an attempt at a coherent argument for them is a gesture of disrespect to my readers, few though they may be, so for the most part I don’t just rattle off claims without any justification at all.

I welcome discussion of everything I post here, so long as commenters afford me, and each other, the same respect I make every effort to extend in my posts: argue for positions rather than merely stating them, except when it may be clear that there’s a consensus on a particular point; maintain a sufficient degree of civility; and should there be trolls, don’t feed them.2

1I wish to particularly emphasize this part. I certainly try always to have something of substance to say, but that I frequently post on a particular topic — politics, for example — is not an indication that this is a politics blog. This means that if you’re here because you’re interested in one of the things I post about, you don’t get to complain when I post about things in which you aren’t interested.
2Oh yes: I really shouldn’t have to say this, but it seems a common enough problem that I’m going to attempt to head it off right now. The First Amendment says that the government cannot restrict your right to free speech. I am not the government, and I have no power to curtail your speech outside of this blog, so the First Amendment is not a constraint on me. I will in general permit all comments of substance, whether or not I agree with their content, but if I delete your comment I am not censoring you. Complaints to that effect will result in nothing but derisive laughter.