posted on Nov, 24 2004 @ 06:24 PM
Amuk, I agree completely. If we are not skeptics about everything we hear, then how can we test them for accuracy?
I see no difference at all between a person whe believes everything she hears on Fox TV about the Iraq war because she wants to believe in it, and a
person who believes everything he reads on an Internet conspiracy forum about UFOs or underground caverns because he wants to believe in them.
People, regardless of their views, tend to look at things through a biased eye. If you really want something to be true, whether
"chem-trails", UFOs, or the existence of WMDs in Iraq, you will look for articles that share your point of view, ignore those that don't, and try
to convince yourself and others that you are a real "researcher" -- which, of course, you're not.
I, like everyone else, do this, and it's a constant battle to force myself to apply the same rigorous standards of skepticism to the things I want
to be true as those I don't want to be true.
But if we don't do that, we're being dishonest and we're not denying ignorance -- we're spreading it.