To the frustration of many of you (as you’ve expressed to me many times over), I’m a huge proponent of talking to people you disagree with — even when you actively work against each other. Especially when you actively work against each other, if for no other reason than it’s easy to create a straw man version of your opponents and you never want to do that. You want to make sure you’re opposing things they really believe. And when they’re willing to have a conversation with you, and when you can get inside their heads and find out why they think the way they do, you should take that opportunity.
It’s possible you learn nothing new. But maybe they become a little more “human” and you can better understand where they’re coming from. Ultimately, that helps us stay on focus with our own activism.
That’s also why I have to applaud what the Miami Valley Skeptics have done.