Although I am Noobish to sci-forums I have noticed some discussions/threads tend to disintegrate into childish rants and insults, just as some arguments in life also resort to insults and in cases violence. I was wondering "WHY" people who are more than capable of decent conversation/debate regress to oke:ing fun and being rude. there seems to be a few stages before the insults/rantings take over. 1) the insulter may twist words written (by the insulted) to give his notions/thought more ground. 2) the insulter may ignore mid-debate a point of discrepancy in his logic/notions/thought. 3)they also may resort to pertinance to avoid having, to question their own integrity. 4) or the classic anwsering a question, with another question So how do we regress from interesting discussion-random points-denial-insults-(and sometimes) violence..? Why do we regress from conversation to insults to violence Is it the persons refusal to accept their viewpoint may not as viable through other peoples perception. Or is it simply people do not like to be wrong...?