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Originally posted by Quest
The reason you get that reaction is because its WAY outside the social norm.
If you and I sat down and I told you about the gnome that sorts my socks at night and started talking about how elastic was invented to make sock gnomes happy, wouldn't you kind of wonder about me?
Originally posted by Off_The_Street
Niki, there is a big difference between someone like me aying,
"Niki, i don't buy into your assertions because I don't see any evidence for it. Show me some evidence and I might buy into your ideas",
"Niki, you complete bonehead! Anyone who believes the way you do is a complete fool, plus you got bad breath, you jerk!"
The first response is okay; and if you post here, you're going to get people who respond like that.
It's the second response which is uncalled-for and not allowed here. So if someone calls you a fool or a jeerk, you contact a moderator, I'd bet that person would get an admonishment.
But if you get a lot of responses like the first example, don't be surprised or dismayed; there are some people here who reallly view things in a much more pragmatic and "evidence-required" way.
I am one of those people.
Originally posted by John Nada
Yep, it seems alot of people confuse skeptism with ridicule, and it stuns me that they're actually shocked people aren't open to their whacky ideas sometimes.
If someone comes on and says "A UFO landed in my backyard this morning and the aliens came up to me and said the end of the world will be June 5th, 2012" I am not going to be open about it, I am not going to give them the benefit of the doubt. I don't know them from Adam and as far as I'm concerned I will not buy into it until I see some proof, and in some far-fetched stories as the example given above I will believe they're someone having a laugh or not all their dogs are barking.
Give me reason to believe you, try and obtain evidence. You have to at least earn a complete strangers trust in order to get the benefit of the doubt. If you think I'm going to buy any story you throw at me just because you insist it's the truth you're sorely mistaken.
However, personally I'm a very reasonable guy and I'll hear anyone out, but it's always fairly easy to tell when someone is completely full of it and they shouldn't expect to be taken at their word.