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May 23, 2022

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Princess Cutekitten

Mercedes Lackey posts on quora.com frequently. Let’s say she’s not exactly tolerant of differing viewpoints—like a good, Scientific leftist, she reacts angrily and rudely to any question about the paranormal. She’s a little more tolerant of religious viewpoints, but not much. Which is not to say the science-fiction people should be picking on her, but to say she’s not unfamiliar with harsh language.

I’ve never read any of her books.

pst314

No, Daniel, I’m never going to read that.

pst314

So, Mercedes is not the extremely nice person that other leftists have been saying she is? Gosh!

Daniel Ream

she reacts angrily and rudely to any question about the paranormal. She’s a little more tolerant of religious viewpoints, but not much

As a life-long literal a-theist, my reaction to such types is "What, exactly, does it matter that this person you've never met and will never interact with believes something you find weird? Who the hell cares?"

You really want to break an antitheist, point out that since obviously there's no God, modern religions are those which are objectively adapted for survival and prosperity of their adherents since they could only have survived for more than a thousand years by evolving to be the fittest belief system.

pst314

Mercedes Lackey posts on quora.com frequently.

A place I never visit. [ Takes a quick glance. Shrugs shoulders. ]

she reacts angrily and rudely to any question about the paranormal.

From a very brief scan of her Quora posts, she seems to tend towards very brief, curt replies to most questions. And nearly all her posts are about the practical matters of writing or becoming a writer.

Her reply to the first question I saw about the paranormal was not even right: She said people believe in the paranormal "Because people no longer study science and look for supernatural explainations instead of natural ones." That is silly, because it presupposes that there was once a time when everyone Believed in Science. The reality is that people have always believed in magic, the paranormal, etc., and what we see today is simply the persistence of that tendency. I strongly suspect that her answer reveals a testiness which warps her thinking. That irritability could be merely a reaction to being pestered incessantly about such matters, but she displays the same attitude towards political disagreement so maybe not.

On the other hand, I myself do not believe in telepathy, Tarot, voodoo, magic spells, auras, aromatherapy, crystal power, or any of that stuff--and back in the day people who did believe in it would regularly annoy me by telling me that they could "read" my personality from knowing my astrological sign or seeing my aura. None of them ever showed any actual insight, of course.

I sort of assumed that she did believe in magic, probably because she writes fantasy and so many fantasy fans themselves believe in magic.

I did find a couple political posts, revealing that she does indeed despise Trump voters, and that she does not admit that the left ever bans books or supports those who do.

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