my screen name is Perpetual_student.
i have been lurking a long time, but a post by Mike the Wiz has convinced me to join and create an account.
About my screen name: I focus on permanent and life long improvement. I see a kind of beauty in the effort that someone makes in improving himself/herself after a tiresome day at work. Be it in reading about science, history, philosophy, learning a foreign language, mastering a music instrument or simply gardening; I like the effort made.
About my background: I have a master degree in analytical chemistry. Due to my education I have also some knowledge of biochemistry and genetics. Although I have no formal degree in these, I have been reading about it during my leisure time. Expect me to post mainly about these subjects.
I have also been active in amateur astronomy during my youth, but that is some time ago.
*check his grey hairs*
I might post about the topic of astronomy too, but my knowledge might be outdated. We will see if I'll be up to the task.
About opponents and interlocutors.
I value the search for truth very high. As such I don't consider someone with a different opinion not an opponent but an interlocutor. Someone with who I engage in a debate. I have the term interlocutor from this serie of Youtube clips:
If you are looking for truth, be open minded to listen to what your interlocutor has to say than a civil discussion can follow. A civil discussion doesn't need to end in someone changing his mind. If one or all interlocutors have been forced to think deeper about their viewpoint, to see certain questions under a different angle, to study deeper certain points and check primary sources, then the discussion can be a win for all participants (and for the lurkers). If you're confronted with questions you never thought about (and are not afraid of these questions), then you understanding of your own viewpoint will be improved.
If you only think in terms of "winning" a debate and defeating "the other side", then you're indeed an opponent.
I hope to be confronted with these challenges, so let the debating begin.