posted on Jan, 27 2012 @ 08:58 AM
Now I have a feeling this is going to be moved to Rant or outright closed, but I feel this is an important matter we need to discuss. While what I am
about to say applies to all of ATS I feel it is most deserved in this forum. For the past few months not only have I been trying to educate people on
the Maya and 2012 in general (unfortunately those threads have been buried by fearmongering), I have also been trying to get to the bottom of why
people believe in 2012. The answer I have found is pretty much that its because it's "alternative" and because New Age authors say that something
is going to happen. Now allow me to explain how I came up with this conclusion.
We have all seen the claims regarding 2012 and through my research I have found that most of these claims simply aren't true. So it made me wonder
why people are believing in this if the claims aren't true. So, I decided to find out how much people actually know about the evidence that goes into
these claims regarding 2012. I started with the claim that is at the core of all 2012 prophecies, that the Mayan Long Count ends on that day. I
created a thread asking for someone to provide me an example of the Long Count that ends after 13 baktun. So far no one has been able to provide me
with a single example. This is the cornerstone that all 2012 theories are based on and not a single person can even provide evidence to support the
claim. They have simply been told this is true by New Age authors and the History Channel and are now parroting it as truth.
Recently I created another thread questioning one of the most oft-repeated claims made by 2012 believers. This time I was looking for other
civilizations that talked about 2012. We've all seen these claims that what makes 2012 so different from other prophecies is that it is the
convergence of a number of prophecies from different civilizations. Well, it turns out that despite all these other prophecies from around the world
2012 believers cannot produce a single one. I have asked this question numerous times outside of my thread and never have I received a legitimate
response. The closest I have come are people copy-and-pasting a list from another website that claims certain civilizations have these prophecies
without providing any documentation or evidence in any way. Not surprisingly with less than an hour of research I was able to find that each of the
claims made by this list were wrong. So, once again we have a case of 2012 believers parroting information simply because it comes from an
While I could continue to list instances where claims have been made with no support other than the word of a New Age author I believe this
sufficiently proves my point. The purpose of this thread however is not to troll, it is to shine a light on the flaws in our own methodology. As I
said before this thread applies to all of ATS, but the 2012 forum is most in need of its immediate illumination. People constantly on here claim to be
free thinkers or that they are thinking outside the box. They make claims that make them sound superior to those "sheeple" who follow the MSM.
However, all they have done is replace their box with a different one. Just because you aren't following the larger crowd doesn't mean you aren't
one of the sheeple yourself.
Let me give another non-2012 example. There's a website that gets posted on here rather frequently. It's called Natural News. Almost every time an
article from there gets posted the thread becomes emotionally-driven response after emotionally-driven response for pages. In every single case though
it turns out that Natural News is either lying or misrepresenting the truth. If an article from Natural News were posted on Fox News' website every
claim would be pulled out and checked and within the first few posts the lies would be found out. However, since Natural News is not part of the MSM
members take its word as gospel without vetting any of the information.
The motto of ATS is "Deny Ignorance." So let's start doing that. Stop taking every New Age, alternative, or fringe claim as the truth without
investigating the claims that go into it. Alternative news sites depend on you for their money just as much as the MSM. In fact they depend on you
moreso for their money. As a result they are going to find ways to keep you reading and coming back even if it isn't honest journalism. As a whole we
need to start looking at and investigating the claims made by both sides of an argument. That's how you deny ignorance. We need to stop placing our
support in things just because they "feel" right. Too many of the world's decisions are based on immediate emotional responses and look where that
has gotten us. Maybe if more people truly started denying ignorance we could find the truth all of us are looking for and maybe, just maybe, the world
would become a better place.