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Comment author: John_Maxwell_IV 08 December 2016 08:22:00AM *  0 points [-]

Academics write textbooks, popular books, and articles that are intended for a lay audience.

Nevertheless, I think it's great if LW users want to compile & present facts that are well understood. I just don't think we have a strong comparative advantage.

LW already has a reputation for exploring non-mainstream ideas. That attracts some and repels others. If we tried to sanitize ourselves, we probably would not get back the people who have been repulsed, and we might lose the interest of some of the people we've attracted.