posted on Apr, 16 2009 @ 05:25 AM
To the hundreds of people at this website who call themselves "A Skeptic" or "A Believer":
You dont exist.
To believe in something and To be skeptical of something...those exist. But there is no such thing as "A" Skeptic or "A" Believer.
These are artificial constructs, colloquialisms of modern tongue.
Sometimes we are skeptical of something, other times we believe something. Put differently:
I am skeptical of the notion that "UFOs are only misinterpreted natural phenomena".
I am skeptical of the notion that "UFOs are only in your Imagination"
Does that make me "a Skeptic"?
"No!" say those who call themselves Skeptics.
Why not? Because they narrowly define it as only being skeptical of certain things ("claims of the paranormal"). Their definition does not include
being skeptical of so-called official-stories, official-versions or mainstream explanations.
"I believe that the earth revolves around the sun"
Does that make me "A Believer?". No. Because those who call themselves "Believers" here have narrowly defined it to mean the belief in certain
Now those "Skeptics" will say: "Yes, but the earth revolving around the Sun is a FACT."
Which leads me to the next statement of this post:
Meant to battle Believer-Cults, "Skepticism" is now a modern-day cult itself
Skepticism was originally meant to counteract superstition, cultism and craziness, con-artists and the bigotry of the religious Inquisition. On this
site it is meant to battle baseless craziness...such as calling everything that disagrees with ones opinion "disinfo", "false flag operation",
Ironic how, to a select few, it has turned into a cult of its own.
The cult is built around the bizarre notion that Reality is only that which has been measured, peer-reviewed, approved by University
Institutions and a limited amount of Journals. This attitude did and does help to build some kind of consensus-mass-reality (as opposed to a world of
uncertainty and chaos), but problems start to arise when undiscerning and undeveloped minds start making a dogma out of it. Then you get all kinds of
self-proclaimed "Skeptics" walking around shoving their narrow views down others throats:
1. If you set out to prove something wrong (cognitive bias) it will most often result in having your preconceptions confirmed ("getting to be
right") rather than learning anything new or finding the truth of something.
2. To be primarily occupied with what has been established as true and factual up to now, obviously blocks you from looking into the future,
into the unknown, engaging in speculation on what may be discovered at a later date. To stifle speculation creates dullards, not visionaries.
3. To define your own version of things as fact and declare others experiences as "nonsense" blocks out entire universes of possibility. The truth
is that yesterdays facts are todays myths. History has shown that there is no such thing as a fixed and irrefutable "fact". ("We cant fly" was a
"hard fact" only 150 years ago). So there IS a higher level of truth than unmoving scientific facts, namely *change*.
The Cult of Skepticism, which has turned into somewhat of a mass-epidemic uses some of the following cult-slogans:
"Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence"
Extraorinary for who? To me there is nothing extraordinary about the possibility of extraterrestrial life. The notion is natural to me since birth.
Just because the 8 oclock news didn't mention it does not mean that its extraordinary. This slogan is an attempt to force one into the hive-mind of
"The most simple Explanation is the most Likely"
Yes.. And when I see a flying saucer the most simple explanation is "Its a silver flying disc" and not "Its a hallucination".
"It hasn't been proven, so lets disregard it"
This Slogan is an attempt to suppress peoples desire to look at the new and unfamiliar and instead stay fixed on the mass-consensus.
It is also based on the false belief that personal experience does not amount to anything and that just because you cant see proof "proof does not
(The list of slogans they parrot is much longer but I´ll leave it at these three famous examples)
You are not a Skeptic or a Believer. You are a Human Being.
"Believers" usually go into a topic or discussion wanting to prove something right
"Skeptics" usually go into a topic or discussion wanting to prove something wrong.
Neither approach is destined to reveal deeper truths on anything. The only approach that will yield satisfactory results is openness...being
aware or observant of something without any agenda to either prove or disprove anything at all. And this is where the magic of learning starts.
This is also why we often learn the most from people who disagree with us.
Feeling the urge to either prove or disprove something immediately distorts perception and allows the viewer to mainly notice that which agrees
with his preconceptions. Once the urge of finding the truth of something is stronger than the urge to be right and making others wrong, one will
neither be a "Believer" nor a "Skeptic" but simply a human being who remains open, is unattached to any specific outcome and enjoys observing,
considering, processing and communicating various events, thinking more in terms of likely and less likely rather than true and false.
The good news is that most people are like this...naturally.
All the scientists I know personally are not "disinfo agents"
All the religious people I know personally are not "bigots"
All the UFOlogists I know personally are not "True Believers"
And so forth.
"Skeptics" will much more likely be convinced of your Mystery-Case if you treat them nicely and dont presuppose that they are stupid.
"Believers" will much more likely be convinced of your Down-to-Earth-Case if you treat them nicely and dont presuppose that they are stupid.
And thats what this artificial "Skeptics vs. Believers" Internet-War comes down to: Two artificial sides labeling each other as ignorant, stupid,
Instead, how about questioning everything, including oneself.
[edit on 16-4-2009 by Skyfloating]