Heres the thing, consistency leads to predictability!
An ignore or "block" feature is a bit of a slippery slope. one which was present at one time on ATS. Frankly, i dont feel it is necessary although
my scroll wheel on my mouse would probably say differently
There are roughly five members on ATS that i simply dont bother reading their posts anymore. Just scroll right on past it. They say, almost
literally, the same exact thing over and over again. It has little to do with disagreement, and much more to do with the fact that such repetition is
just mind-numbingly boring. There is absolutely nothing to be gained from reading their posts repeatedly (a distinct exception from a rule i have).
Many of these people will speak like they are on some sort of crusade "against" some agent of lies. And i think there are many similes between such
things, and "crusades of ye olde," like the namesake itself, witch-hunts, calling einstein a fraud/quack etc.
However, i dont necessarily feel this is relegated to that "group" entirely either. The intent seems to be to "convert" the "heathens."
heathens, in this case, are just the blanket statement made in this very thread of "snake oil salesmen." All concepts which do not align with the
individuals concepts are immediately discarded for a variety of reasons, without even considering a method of exploration of the concepts. Just like
other religions, one cant seemingly allow the assumed deception to take place, and must interject the individuals idea of the undeniable "Absolute
Truth." As they say though, even a broken clock is correct twice a day. It just manages to do so by saying the exact same thing over and over again
i said elsewhere: "Conceptually, science is never
truth. For the "fringe" scientists (like einstein in his time), science is
for truth. For mainstream science, it is nothing more than a testable representation
of what is already
be true." In this statement, science and religion are interchangeable terms. It is an old tale where some are concerned with the actual continuous
search for truth (usually speak in terms of "possibilities), and others are more concerned with confirming what they already know to be true (usually
speak in terms of "impossibilities"). Generally, do not expect to reason with a follower of scientism anymore than you would a follower of
catholicism. they "know" they are right due to others telling them what the "truth" is. It is almost as if it is perceived that the "purveyors
of truth" have access to a different universe than the followers. An interesting consistency is that the "personal search" for such things is
almost unanimously considered useless, though such ideas are not usually blatantly spoken (but sometimes are). Your typical follower of christianity
will not even consider searching for "god" themselves (outside of the "church"), much less pursuing their own interpretation/concept of such a
thing. The typical follower of scientism will similarly not even consider doing experiments to find their own data (outside of the "church"), much
less pursuing their own interpretation/concept of it. In both cases, one likely wouldnt even know where to start. Of course, it is assumed that
those who have
done such things are immune from being wrong and are driven by nothing more than altruism. the underlying (and most certainly
unspoken) theme to both is that there is nothing more to learn, and if there is something "new," it will only
come by means of the chosen
"purveyors of truth."
It is incredibly interesting to observe! i think the concept of "myth" is elucidated quite well in the book
Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
. Thanks goes to another user several months back
who posted that link
didnt even know such books were available for free!
Honestly, there are many stellar
skeptics and debunkers on this site. i actually consider myself a skeptic (of which some are certain to be
). To those that have been singled out as repeating exactly the same thing over and over again, i just scroll right on
past. It actually seems to work quite well. I highly suggest the tactic
If you already know what they are going to say, almost verbatim, why waste any time reading? Beyond that, why waste even more
responding when it will inevitably degrade the thread, or make it completely lose its focus?