SEMF aspires to uphold the following ideals:

Deep Analysis

Take a first-principles approach to research, emphasizing exploration and fundamental concepts over mere factual accounts.

Holistic Integration

Address common themes across multiple areas of human intellectual activity by means of contextualization, application, and disciplinary convergence.

Intellectual Honesty

Set out clear scientific, analytical, or exploratory goals. Strive for conceptual clarity and critical revision of ideas, independent of extraneous factors such as personal motivation and agendas.

Effective Communication

Ensure all acts of communication are efficiently mediated, appropriately conveying the depth and detail of information, and truthfully representing data.


Maintain a rational mindset to foster dispassionate and respectful debate, even when discussing sensitive topics.

Epistemological Transparency

Openly address data-gathering methodologies, sources of information, interpretative and theoretical frameworks, and possible cognitive biases.


Welcome people sharing our values from a wide variety of backgrounds, regardless of status or identity of any kind.