This may be linked to the silly season currently bedeviling ATS . or just my deepening cynicism , but the latest rash of anecdotal “ encounters “
is chipping away at my sanity
Without casting any aspersions on the thread starter – this thread is a poster child for the type of thread I mean :
The format is always the same :
“ I saw something strange….. but have no evidence beyond my own testimony … “
Unlike UFOs and cryptid sightings – which may have been seen by others from a different POV , or have left physical evidence , the anecdotes always
happen when the witness is alone , and in a locale which would preclude other witnesses
The thread then spins off into baseless speculation , or worse poo flinging by skeptics
And after reading the opening article – I am often left thinking what was the point ?
I don’t wish to appear the advocate for censorship or attempting to discourage sharing of experiences – but to be blunt , on a discussion forum
– the experience being related – has IMHO to have some verifiable underpinnings that can be researched – otherwise it is just an anecdote
To illustrate this , here is “my “ fictional experience :
“Hi , something weird happened to me the other day – I was just lounging around the house doing DIY when my cat started running round the house
in random directions , just getting underfoot – the strange thing is he would not go in the front rooms at all – he always sits on the front
window normally – but then the doorbell rang – and the cat ran out the back like he had a rocket up his ass .
When I answered the door there was a weird Goth chick standing there , just chewing gum – she stared at me for about 5 seconds , not saying anything
– then just blurted out “ well can I come in then ? “ , when I said no way – she just vanished – one moment she was there the next , gone
Does anyone know who she was , any ideas ? “
I just made that up – it too 2 minutes , longer to type than figure out the script
It was fiction – but I am convinced that if I had posted it in a thread , I would have got reply after reply .
That is what irks me – it is impossible to differentiate truthful testimony from fantasy when reading a web forum – the posters are anonymous –
and without external evidence , there is simply no way to tell
There ends my rant – I may need to get out more , but doesn’t every one ?