Free contention through scholarly periodicals
HE Shi-yuan Geologica sinica, 26 Baiwanzhuanglu, Beijing 100037, PRC
There is no end to seeking and understanding truth. In the process of seeking truth, the views held by people are not often identical, and furthermore, it is quite difficult to judge which is correct and which is wrong. With respect to periodicals that provide the forum for academic exchanges, only by publicizing different views can the problem be solved through free discussion. This is the basic reason why the policy of "let a hundred schools of thought contend" should be adhered to, and this is also an objective requirement in the development of science. Different schools or different viewpoints are treated with equality by the Geologica Sinica and some other periodicals. They may find full opportunities to express their own views and make free approaches to the problem. They may make their arguments concerning subjects in dispute in given columns of the periodicals. The freeness and liveliness of the discussion have brought contentment to various academic circles, and at the same time have stimulated the advancement and development of science.