posted on Mar, 22 2012 @ 07:40 PM
Originally posted by liejunkie01
reply to post by XtraTL
My bad bad, I will go back and edit my post.
Oh I wouldn't worry about doing that.
That's the nature of hoaxes. Unless someone says it was a hoax, it is always very difficult to be sure. We might have our suspicions, but until they
come clean, we essentially take them at their word.
This Jarno dude did a real number on quite a lot of people. Even one mythbuster now has pretty serious egg on his face and that "scientist" from
Wired probably feels pretty silly for not seeing how ridiculous the whole thing was.
And then there's the crazy people who basically accept any idea so long as it is written down somewhere on some website. They don't check whether
the extraordinary claims are backed up with extraordinary evidence. They don't look for a parsimonious explanation for what they see. They merely go
searching for evidence to back up their pet idea, regardless of how ridiculous it is.
You are absolutely right, there are lots of people that talk crazy and take some pretty serious nonsense, pretty seriously.
I guess what we learn from the Jarno Smeets hoax is that even very respected people can be taken in. No one is immune from hoaxes, especially when
they are told with a straight face and made to sound plausible by professional hoaxers.