posted on Aug, 20 2004 @ 06:05 PM
I too, have at times acted irrationally. The Aussiebloke scare was one. Part of it I belive is growing up, but other times, like with AB, it was an
instinctive, herd panic that sped through anyone who read that thread. Even though the odds that THREE asteroids would hit earth with a few days when
impacts are millions of years apart, are incredibly low, people were still worried.
The method I have found that is most helpful is not to speak too rashly, when you think of something to post, wait a couple of hours or a day and see
how it looks then. In addressing the same issue at two different times, you gain a more rational, unbiased perspective. This also helps temper those
very persuasive opinion pieces that are so easy to go along with when you read them.
If people call me closed-minded, I usually find it is because thier own perspectives are too extreme, warping how they interpret my posts. They
become a religious zealot of sorts, drawn in by their own beliefs until they are consumed by them. They become obsessed by some issue, and refuse to
be dissuaded by even the most logical arguments.
Before I believe in something I like to see high-quality photos or video that shows a lot of detail, as well as a very accurate descriptions by the
person posting. Common sense is there for a reason, and that reason is to point out when something is obviously stupid.
On the other hand, the areas now being investigated by physics are often in direct conflict woth what our common sense tells us is right. So again,
moderation is the key. Moderation in everything, including moderation. I don't know who said that but it is very true. Sometimes the extreme views
are right, but ususally not.
I hope I answered your question.