Over on his blog LakewoodYid is soliciting opinions on whether he should continue blogging (both posting and commenting) or not.
I find LakewoodYid fascinating. I grew up Conservative, lived most of my adult life largely in secular environments, and even as I returned to observance I kept a strongly rationalist attitude towards Judaism. LY comes from a completely different world. The science fiction editor John Campbell, who was active from approximately the 1930s to the 1960s used to challenge his writers 'Show me an alien who thinks as well as a man, but not like a man'. In Campbell's milieu, the word 'man' had the unrecognized adjectives 'white Enlightenment European' in front of it. The most successful authors to meet his requirements generally tended to steal lavishly from non-European cultures to formulate their aliens. LY serves this same purpose in my mind - he thinks as well as I do, but nothing like I do. If he reads this I know he will be sincerely sorry for the handicap of my upbringing.
Rabbi Jonathan Sacks talks about Judaism having a dual epistemology. Knowledge about the universe or Teva may be drawn from observation. In additions Jews have the Mesorah - the oral and written law. This is knowledge given by revelation.
Much of it may simply not be derivable from observation. Many modern orthodox Jews hold that these two source of knowledge are disjoint - the do not overlap and thus there are no conflicts between them. LY seems to hold that mesorah is primary - that when there are apparent contradictions between the two sources of knowledge we make no effort to reconcile - we simply follow the mesorah and ignore our observations of Teva. See his post Rambam - Ignore the evidence. Furthermore, LY is a classic example of a scholastic approach to knowledge. His perceived job is to mine the works of his predecessors to come to an insight on a problem. He modestly avoids chiddush. And he doesn't seem to seek factual data from the real world - I don't recall him ever citing a survey or referring to scientific data.
As far as LY's actual question of continuing to blog or not, I think it is clear that we don't have enough in common for my answer to be relevant to him. But I will draw on my well of non-mesorah knowledge and share a quote from Roger Zelazny This is the curse of the Buddha - you will never be the same as once you were. One more data point - I tell the pre-converts and early stage BTs I mentor to stay away from the J-Blogosphere until they are well grounded in a community. For someone without a lot of grounding, posters such as XGH and LY are too heady a brew. Four went to Pardes, but only Rabbi Akiva returned whole.