Originally posted by Six Sigma
It's not "emotional" ... I just like pointing out how much of a hypocritical title it is. The truth is the last thing you guys are after.
I know you intend that as a generalization, but I am a "truther". Early on when I began my personal research, I absorbed a lot of my information from unreliable sources and was just as off-base as most of those posting here at ATS. That period lasted only a few months, because I realized I was applying a bias to my research that was just as bad as that used by "OS'ers". So I decided to alter my methodology and focus on generating primary data sources, doing my best to keep my personal bias out of the process by engaging/collaborating with the best and brightest in their respective fields that I could find.
I have stayed away from the WTC controversy for a very good reason. I am NOT a structural engineer. Although I had the mandatory strength of materials class in college, structural engineering, especially when it comes to structures like the WTC complex, is a very specialized field. So, although I have a heavy background in physics and math, I figure my opinion is nothing more than that of a technical layperson when it comes to the WTC.
I find the NIST report in general to be a very reasonable explanation for the collapse of WTC1 and WTC2. However, as a technical layperson, I find the NIST explanation for the collapse of WTC7 laughable. That does not mean I find the demolition theory any more plausible, just that I consider the collapse "unexplained". So I do support the efforts of Gage and his group in seeking an "independent investigation", although I do believe they are locked into their own version of the event.
There are some very serious and capable 911 researchers out there. They continue to move forward to document the events of 9/11 in spite of the damage done to the 911 Truth movement since 2006 by all of the "crazy". Many others however have simply thrown up their hands in disgust and moved on with their lives. For me, my focus was/is the Pentagon event. Some of the layers have been peeled back, but there remains a lot of work to be done. But it is sad that the title "truther" has come to carry such a negative connotation.
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