Originally posted by Murcielago
you've been listening to my Skeptic Overview podcasts (if not... why not?)
because I dont have or want an Ipod.
You don't need an Ipod. The Ipod is just a particular brand of MP3 player. Infact, you don't even need a physical mp3 player at all, just
something on your computer that can play mp3s, like Windows Media Player or Winamp
I think we have to many conspiracy forums,
This is a conspiracy board.
How about we let you be the mascot
Just don't change the avatar.
just about any comments i make (e.g., "do you have any evidence at all for this?") could be construed by some as 'debunking'
This sort of thing would be fine, so long as its not followed by, say 'no, i didn't think so, you damnable fool. Get an education. You idea is
Consider chemtrails. Lets say someone posts 'The government modifies passenger jets to emit a cloud of vapour that contains a chemical that makes
people more docile'. Rather than saying "There is no evidence for this", a similar request for evidence would best be made by saying something
like "I'm not sure that such a chemical can be effective if its so widely dispursed and at such low concetrations, have you seen any evidence that
suggests it would be", and the like. Keep in mind why its being made to see how it'll be operating; there is a desire to get back to the old school
days when some really great, albeit whacky, theories were out there, being proposed and being discussed, not shot down by automated debunking death
Also, think of it like this, 'debunking' is different from critical analysis. Debunking is, or at least in so far as its different from critical
analysis, is actively trying to support the standard theory over the conspiracy theory. Whereas true critical analysis and logical consideration is,
of course, completely open-minded, but not ignorantly so, and thus is still capable of rejecting ideas while thoughtfully entertaining them.
Can we have "SkunkCasts"?
I'd think that we already do, no? We don't have pod types for each forum.
[edit on 10/28/2005 by Amorymeltzer]