posted on Jul, 13 2010 @ 04:46 PM
People are pretty quick to place others in one camp or another. I consider myself 'capable of believing' but not considering it mandatory in
individual cases. The dichotomy I see as having more of a problem is between ignorance and being informed. I was on ATS until a couple of years ago
when I left. Coming back now I seem to detect an overall lack of knowledge about individual cases. I don't know where the old guys have gone, though
I see Koi is still here.
For example, anyone who has studied the subject for awhile has come across Steven Greer, Stephen Bassett, and the whole Disclosure crowd's Cargo
Cult. Just type in 'mothra' in the search box and you'll come across some very revealing older threads that show this whole issue to be fraught
with fraud. The same can be said for Billy Meier. Once you have gone through a thorough discussion you see that the garbage can lid was made into a
UFO, The evidence is overwhelming that this stuff is a fraud. We will always have Michael Horn claiming otherwise, but the field, as a whole, has
moved past Meier just as it has, more or less, moved past the Caret drones.
There's a thread on the new Disclosure movie. I saw the trailer a few months back. I commented that one ought not put too much credence in the
Disclosure Movement as many of the participants have been discredited. I was jumped upon and called "stupid" by the Really Smart Guys who obviously
have no idea what they are talking about. They have obviously not studied the issue. They have not done their homework. Yet they consider themselves
knowledgeable on these subjects.
Maybe an example from a different area will help. Yet another thread about a "ghost" caught on a security camera. It's a blurry blob in front of
the camera. Immediately the speculation starts. "It's a ghiost." "No, it's a shadow person."
No, it's a bug on the camera lens. How do I know? Because I've seen this kind of thing before, participated in forum threads on this kind of thing
before. Once you have seen this phenomenon and had it explained to you just how the "ghost" was created, you'll never be fooled by that again.
People who have never seen it before will speculate wildly about what it is and, when someone like me comes along and says, "It's a bug!" they will
scream wildly that it is I who don't know what I am talking about.
Now, that's an easy example. Lots of this stuff is more complex, but the most frustrating aspect is a lack of basic knowledge of people commenting on
the subject. I know it will never happen, but sometimes I think passing a test on UFO knowledge ought to be a requirement before you can post on the
subject. Something like the Official UFO Quiz, for example. www.scribd.com...