posted on May, 2 2010 @ 10:26 PM
ATS is largely devoted to "alternative" theories and ideas. As such, it runs the gamut from the sublime to the ridiculous, and everyone has a
different opinion on everything.
In many cases, threads boil down into arguments of "believers" versus "debunkers" pretty quickly. I think its important to thrash things out and
try to figure out the truth...but at the same time, I think an approach that asks only "is it true or false" is kind of reductionist and, in the
There are many theories and ideas I read about that I don't really believe in, but I still like to explore them and think about them. Others I'm
more truly ambivilent about...I neither believe or disbelieve, but often in this case, it doesn't really seem all that important to me. I kind of
label them "semi-fiction" and enjoy them on their own terms, even if I have my doubts about their reality. I tend to feel this is a good attitude
that can improve imagination, and help one to keep curiosity, creativity, and "thinking outside the box." At the very least, it certainly seems no
worse than a form of entertainment.
How many of you feel the same way? That is, do you like exploring altenate world-views for their own internal sake, rather than worrying so much about
whether or not they are true? OR, do you think that this kind of attitute gets in the way of the imperative to "deny ignorance"? If we start taking
things more for their entertainment value, does this detachement cloud our minds or else get in the way of creating a better world somehow?
Also, if you do enjoy certain ideas without believing them either wholly or partly, or while shunting aside the whole idea of "true versus false"
altogether, I'd be curious about different theories that fall under these categories for you, if you feel like sharing with the class.
Any opinions, ideas, etc. along these lines welcome in this thread.
[edit on 5/2/10 by silent thunder]