People should be able to express there ideas and opinions without being subject to abuse and ridicule. You don't need absolute proof to entertain an
You're absolutely right, but a lot of people don't just come off as though they're entertaining an idea. They present their theory as unabashed
fact, and condemn anyone who thinks differently.
I've learned a lot from my relatively short time on this site, and I thank whatever Gods there may be that I stumbled across it. Even those ideas
that seem really out there I try and determine the plausibility of it. If someone posted on here that the sky is really red, but we've been
brainwashed to think that it's blue, I'd consider it. If they have proof, then I'll believe it, if they don't then I'm going to keep it just at
the theory level. Simple as that. I don't think it's right that I should be thought less of just because I don't believe their story.
I'm all for creative thought. Some of the best things we have in life now are because someone had the guts to think out of the box. Newton and
Einstein are the first names that come to mind; they both had extremely "out-there" theories. But they were able to back them up, they were able to
demonstrate how those theories explained what they were supposed to explain, and that the theories were the best--if not the only--possible
Even in science, there's lots of theories/hypotheses that do a great job of explaining things, but can't be proven or aren't necessarily the only
possible explanation. That doesn't make them straight up false, and it doesn't make those that came up with them liars or less of a scientist than
the next guy. But it shouldn't be wrong for their peers to ask for more evidence before they put all their stock into that theory.
Maybe I came to this site with the wrong mindset. I came here looking for truth, I came here looking to see what might really be going on behind the
scenes. I came here under the impression that most--if not all--of the other members were doing the same thing. While speculation and creative ideas
are great, that's still all they are; they aren't the truth, and they shouldn't be treated as such. I know it's hard to accept criticism of an
idea--I'm a musician, I know that all
too well. But criticism is the only way to improve an idea.
When someone pokes a hole in your idea, if you're really wanting to find the truth then you'll fill in the hole as best as you can. If it takes too
much to fill in the hole, then you scrap the design and start over from scratch. You learn from what you did wrong, and your next design is better.
It gets holes, and you repeat the process until you have something that cannot be broken, or at least will still float if it does take a couple of
That's what I was taught anyways, and that's been my goal since coming here: to help others improve their ideas when possible and to find others to
help me improve whatever ideas I may come up with. Like I said, maybe that's not how I should've approached this site.