I was saddened to read a couple days ago that Joseph Steinberg had died. Joseph was a prolific writer and had been a frequent contributor to Pusanweb/Koreabridge in our early days. You can read a fuller self-description below, but I think the tagline for his blog captures what Joseph was about - "Skepticism with a Heart'. His writing sometimes had an acerbic edge, but it was always well researched, attempted to be fair, and came from a place of caring about something. One of the sites he turned me onto (and the link in his final tweet) was Bloggerheads.tv Like Joseph, the site is devoted to intelligent conversation and tried to provide a space "where thoughtful disagreement is expressed in civil terms".
I spent several hours yesterday looking through old email exchanges with Joseph. A couple things struck me