Something I'm curious about is, Why do so many people use some goofy pseudonym instead of using their real names when they post to forums? It seems to me that hiding behind a monicker distorts a person's personality and fragments society. Perhaps someone could explain the logic behind the desire to remain anonymous. I've heard some government agencies and some big business conglomerates advocating using phony names in all your internet conversations, but they have their own reasons for wishing the general population to be fractured and non-interactive on a personal level. Part of their agenda has always been to keep the majority population passive so that they can be controlled better. I would like to know why intelligent people posting to a science forum would adopt pseudonyms. The Ku Klux Klan was famous for hiding their heads behind hoods and out of the mouth-hole of them they would hurl all manner of invective at other segments of society. But once they had their hoods off and they had to walk about in the light of day, their behavior moderated so that they couldn't be identified as the dorks in the white hoods. Now I don't mean to imply that everyone who uses a psuedonym has an evil disposition, but it cannot be denied that some people on the net must get a sadistic relish out of insulting other people, so long as they know that they will not be identified for real. I have yet to find a need for hiding my identity on the net, so I am genuinely perplexed as to why the majority of people feel the need to hide themselves. Surely the majority of people can't be paranoid, or criminals? So what are the reasons?