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PonderFodder.com is Food for Thought: New Website Promotes Discussion of Ideas

PonderFodder.com is Food for Thought: New Website Promotes Discussion of Ideas

CHATHAM, Ontario, May 9 /PRNewswire/ -- PonderFodder.com is a lively new forum for discussing ideas, theories, discoveries and inventions. It gives you something to think about. It's so stimulating it's been called "brainporn."

Business partners Terry Johnson and Chandra K. Clarke launched http://www.ponderfodder.com/ to boost public understanding of fields usually considered only for the academic elite. Clarke, who is pursuing a PhD in the public understanding of science, says the site's users can ask questions, publish book reviews and mini-essays, and discuss news items on subjects ranging from science to economics to philosophy, and beyond.

"There are a lot of interesting things happening in a lot of different fields; it can be difficult keeping track," Clarke explains. "PonderFodder, or as we like to say, 'PoFo,' is the place where the average citizen can come and learn about it and discuss it with other people in order to make sense of it all."

PonderFodder's founders say it's a place for the masses to promote the intellectual and social advancement of global society. On PonderFodder, anyone can inquire into some of the issues facing the world today. It's less "geeky" than a site like SlashDot, more discourse-based than Wikipedia, but has in common that sense that the Internet is open to all, the new frontier for sharing and discussing knowledge.

There's no dumbing-down; no elitism, either. It's a unique, vibrant community of literate, thoughtful, connected individuals on a quest for knowledge. PonderFodder is powered by Drupal, an open source community and content management platform, reinforcing this "community" aspect.

PonderFodder requires (free) registration to post, but unregistered users can browse. And the site does make for fascinating browsing: all topics are tagged per category, so if you're interested in one area of discourse, you can follow the links to other articles in the same area. The topics on the site run a wide range.

One day, for example, a user wants to know why her husband and son sneeze when they step out into bright sunlight. Elsewhere, there's a thoughtful, balanced review of the massively popular Freakonomics. Someone else has linked to an article on "the surprising effect of culture on vision," on a different, equally fascinating site called Cognitive Daily, which promises to post "a new cognitive psychology article nearly every day" ... And so the web of knowledge spreads.

PoFo's slogan is "Because Great Minds Discuss Ideas." Want some food for thought? Go to http://www.ponderfodder.com/.


CONTACT: Chandra Clarke, +1-519-354-9959, or chandrac@scribendi.com, for

Web site: http://www.ponderfodder.com/

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