I kinda agree and disagree. I don't think you are going to change it either way though. Some of the attitudes/language gets old and annoying, but it's also half of what makes it interesting. There are some passionate people here which is good in one sense, but can lead to close mindedness. (I'm including myself)
I for one can say that I do in fact learn and incorporate things from here. I have in fact altered my perspective on things I have discussed.
I know I come here for good arguments and do try to contribute an original thought or 2, but I don't come here with the intent of changing someone else. I think if that's why you're here, you're here for the wrong reason.
I do think I'm a pretty open minded person even though I don't always acknowledge when something makes a point with me for the sack of the argument. =0) I do play devils advocate a lot, and I'm not sure if that gets on people's nerves.
This forum is kind of a mental exercise for me.