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originally posted by: dfnj2015
a reply to: Dark Ghost
Even with a healthy skepticism it is impossible not to have delusions, superstitions, prejudices, and bigotries. Somewhere in the middle of this whole mess we form the best possible world view we can have based on our limited port hole into the Universe.
I very much like having a healthy skepticism with everything. I was recently arguing about the existence of chemtrails not being contrails. Someone made the argument the reason we did not see chemtrails in the 60s, 70s, and 80s is because modern jet engines are now more efficient and that is the reason why chemtrails did not start showing up in the skies until around the end of the 1990s. I thought this was a very good argument. So I did some research on jet engine designs and market share by manufacturers. And it turns out that the physics of water hasn't change since the 60s. So although it was a very good argument, it turn out in my mind not to be a good argument for the cause of chemtrails. So having a good skepticism is good.
The reason we have conspiracy research in the first place is because people are inherently evil. And there's billions of dollars at stake. And people will do anything and everything to manipulate the truth in order to preserve or prevent public policies causing a small group of people from billions of dollars of cash flow. Given what is at stake, and people are inherently evil, I'm pretty confident some of the conspiracy theories may be very close to the truth.
Here's one of my favorite conspiracy theories ever given to the public:
What to believe?
"Ignorance is strength!"
originally posted by: Woodcarver
a reply to: Dark Ghost
Healthy skepticism should never be abandoned. Think about the alternatives. Too much skepticism?
Not enough skepticism?
It just means keeping your imagination under control and embrace logic and reason.
originally posted by: namelesss
If skepticism is 'healthy', as you suggest, then if it finds trouble with 'conspiracy research', then the problem is with the 'research'.