We, as a community, can't treat people who are participating in actual, proper research, and those who are phrasing their own opinions as immutable
fact, the same. It says 'deny ignorance', and yet if we entertain people banging on about chemtrails or whether the spiral was some kind of alien
phenomenon, we are not denying ignorance but encouraging it
. I don't know why people think that just because we're talking about conspiracy
theories that the scientific method is somehow fine to be ignored - it isn't. In fact, it's more important here than anywhere else, as the topics
we deal with are deathly important. If folks can't back up their assertions with hard facts, then they have no right to clog up this board with
their nonsense, lowering the signal-to-noise ratio in the process, and making it harder for folks who are prepared to admit they're wrong, and who
are desperately trying to learn.
I remember back when John Titor's story first appeared. The level of investigation was fantastic. The believers kept on dragging out their 'oh but
he's from the future!!11!' stuff, and those who knew better showed, repeatedly, using all kinds of accurate, scientific analysis, how their claims
were complete bunk. That's the ATS I love - real, honest work to get to the bottom of things, not to prop up people's irrational fantasies.
As Carl Sagan said - 'Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence'. It seems on ATS, for a large number of people, that they think they
don't need any evidence at all. That's horrific. If that is allowed to become the norm, then no one will learn a thing on ATS. It'll just be a
throng of people shouting their fantasies at each other, with ignorance being the only winner.
People have to be able to admit they're wrong, and to have evidence bought to light that shows their pet hypotheses are incorrect and stop believing
in them, otherwise this board will stagnate, and eventually die.
We have too many people like this
on this board. We need clear, rational thought, or we might as
well give up.