posted on Apr, 26 2012 @ 10:36 AM
reply to post by Xcalibur254
This is another thing we of this site are guilty of. As an example of this let's go with a thread from last month. I'm talking about the thread that
claimed we would be invaded by aliens from the Sun this month. The data to support this claims? Artifacts whose legitimacy was in question and a
triangle on the Sun caused by pareidolia. The data didn't support the conclusion but this thread became immensely popular. This isn't an isolated
incidence either. At least once a week we get a very popular thread that's based on little more than a person's beliefs.
Basically what you say in your OP is that you are a skeptic and that you feel that others should be skeptical too. I am in 100% agreement! People
around here act like "skeptic" is a bad word, but the skeptical approach is a healthy one when you're dealing with subjects such as those on ATS.
Most people around here misunderstand what being a skeptic is, a skeptic is neither a believer or non-believer (and this could be in reference to
discussion about aliens, God, the 9-11 conspiracy, etc.), but rather is an open-minded person who is willing to believe, but wants to see significant
evidence before deciding which way to lean.
The vast majority of people on ATS are not "skeptics" but "cynics", a cynic is a person who rabidly believes a position and refuses to budge from that
position no matter how overwhelming the evidence to the contrary is. A cynic can easily be recognized by their propensity to appeal to emotions rather
than logic and by their favored tactic of resorting immediately to personal attacks when confronted about the shaky, unrealistic footing of their
position. Calling someone a disinfo agent for example, that's a classic personal attack by a cynic. Cynics have nearly destroyed ATS because their
emotional outbursts and personal attacks prevent any meaningful discussion and debate from taking place.
The skeptics are the ones that make ATS have purpose, and many of them are just giving up rather than subject themselves to the misery of the
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