posted on Dec, 3 2010 @ 09:15 AM
reply to post by Obinhi
Good points, OP. They have been raised by others in the past but I don't see any harm in repeating them.
The other side of the problem is this: it happens quite often that even when we do
check our facts, give specific details, cite references and
link to reputable sources, we still get the problem of some members who post contrary opinions on the thread without even offering reasoned arguments
against what we've said. I'm not talking about those who simply don't read the thread responses before posting (and who often ask questions that
have already been answered). No, the biggest problem is those who apparently do
read them, but still contend their own perspective must
be right and our referenced info must be wrong-- even though they present no credible, supporting evidence for their own point of view.
Granted, our own perspective could be wrong, but if we have backed it up with some research and references then at least we have some legitimate basis
for our perspective. So it's pretty galling to be told "you're wrong" by people who are either unwilling or unable to back up what they say.
I've learned a few useful things here on ATS, but sometimes, taking this knowledge on board required me to set aside what I believed to be right and
to re-examine the whole issue in the light of reasoned evidence and references presented by other members. I'm not proud. If I find I've been wrong
on something then well and good -- and I think most members who come here with a genuine desire to improve their knowledge would say the same
What bothers me is those who don't seem to have that kind of mindset and who simply believe that they must be right, no matter what anyone says.