Yes, there is a program which, if installed and configured properly, will provide you with most of the requirements you're looking for, i.e., the
ability to determine whether a picture, report, or story is valid or invalid; true or false.
It's called your brain.
I believe anyone with intelligence enough to feed and clothe himself can do what you want a program to do, simply by using his brain properly.
It doesn't require you to go back to college and get advanced degrees or anything like that, although some technical education would certainly help.
It doesn't require you to search the Internet for the Real Truth, most of which isn't, anyway!
What is required is two things.
is common sense; the ability to turn on your BS meter when you see an outlandish claim and see if it really passes the "does this
Look at the "chem-trail" hoax for a minute to get an understanding of this. Scientists have know for years that gases like water vapor will operate
is very exact ways under certain conditions. It's at this
temperature and pressure they will freeze, at that
temperature they will
melt, at this
temperature and humidity they will sublime, and so on. Scientists have also known for years what the upper atmosphere is about,
since they've been sending testing equipment in aircraft, balloons, and satellites aloft to measure the conditions and are doing so right now as we
When a person denies all the basic science and years of observation in favor of an assertion that someone (we don't know who)
something (we don't know what)
to aircraft contrails so that they will fall on us (we don't know where)
and make us sick and/or
miserable (we don't know how)
in order that ... (we don't know why)
, it's pretty obvious that his BS meter is missing a double-A
battery or one of the leads is not plugged in.
Furthermore, in order for such an assertion to be true, one has to buy into a bunch of other
beliefs, most of which also don't make any sense,
Now is the time, Azure Twilight, for us to turn on our BS meters and ask the one question that the scam artists and hoaxters hate to hear: "Does
this make any sense?"
thing we need is a more difficult one to acquire: training yourself to believe in what is
, not what you want it to
. I am sometimes reminded of a two-year-old out digging in the back yard all afternoon, who cries when his mother calls him in and says that he
can't bring his hole into the house!
Many people, for a variety of reasons (most of which I do not fathom) have a need to believe certain things for which there is no hard and fast
evidence. For many of us, those beliefs are called religion; for others, they are called Spaceship Guys, Atlantis, the Hollow Earth, or
"Chem-Trails". Understand that 99 percent of the people who tout such beliefs are, right or wrong, sincere in them; only a few, like the TV
evangelists, Jeff Rense, etc. don't believe, and are using the acquiescence of the True Believers to earn themselves a living without working for
But regardless of sincerity, many people on this board -- and society in general -- believe stuff because they have a psychological need to, not
because of any evidence. If you can avoid these two pitfalls, the bane of thinking humans everywhere, then you will undoubtedly be able to get rid of
99 percent of the assertions which fill society, the Internet, and this board as the rubbish they really are.
Good luck in your endeavors!
Edited to say:
I can't believe I forgot to mention www.snopes.com...
! The other poster is absolutely right. Barbara Mikkelson and Snopes is the best first
line of defense against silly rumors around!
[edit on 17-4-2005 by Off_The_Street]