Originally posted by seabhac-rua
I've spent a lot of wasted hours arguing with guys I know just trying to get them to realise what you say in your post. Unfortunatley these people
are very impressed by somebody who uses long words, power point, and has a website.
With alternative subjects there tends to be a lot of building upon already erroneous conclusions, that and the kind of dot-joining that can only be
described as "what?!!" resulting in a ponderous and unstable mountain of nonsense, presented as 'against the grain'...'what they
don't want you to know'...'hidden'...etc.
Unfortunately for a lot of people, they themselves don't like to think too much or too hard, it hurts their heads and takes up valuable time, time
that could be better spent watching somebody else do the thinking, the talking and the pointing.
True and quite sad.
It would seem, at least from a noticeable demographic present here on ATS, that a large number of people prefer 'easy' over factual.
It's only natural, of course, as part of the human condition, for people to desire and put their faith in things that make the world more 'special'
and amazing in their eyes.
This is seen throughout history with the invention of mythologies, religions, ghost stories and the like.
People want to believe in something beyond what their dull, drab, boring, every day lives have on offer, so much so, that they willfully ignore
anything contrary to their belief especially in spite of any and all real and actual evidence that disputes said beliefs.
It'd be so much nicer were such sorts open to the concept of finding amazement in the world around them as described from a rational, solid,
Originally posted by zysin5
reply to post by Druscilla
Thanks for taking the time to put that into a little better perspective for me..
I have been through bamboo thickets, and they are almost impossible to get through. I have never been through a bamboo forest, so I can agree with
Again I still am very much on the fence about bigfoot. I tend to lean more so that its just a myth. But I always wait to stand corrected.
Fringe subjects are a tough lot.
Fringe subjects attract a large number of outright nutters that will do and say near anything to validate whatever delusional fantasy they want to
Sadly, the smarter ones of this lot will obfuscate whatever delusional fantasy they're promoting with some actual factual material, mingling in all
sorts of logical fallacy, irresponsible pseudo research, and outright lies just to support their case.
As implied above, many have a belief such they'll do everything in their power to deny and even turn the tables of blame regarding falsification
using ad hominem attacks on established real science through delusional paranoid and seemingly popular terms of cover ups, and suppression of
Typically when something goes out of the way to fly the 'truth' flag, and/or attack established paradigm using the 'government cover-up' card,
it's a good sign the majority of their position is lies such they feel the need to go out of their way to compare, or knock a competing idea down.
As far as Sasquatch, Yeti, etc. goes, it's a fascinating subject. The weight of evidence would seem to indicate there is indeed a large elusive
bipedal 'something' running around in the wilderness.
As data is collected, one by one, the established institution of the serious scientific community seems to glance more and more toward eventually
carrying out some real research. Jane Goodall herself seems mightily interested regarding this cryptid.
Such interest is voiced in passing, and usually with caution, but, considering all the hoaxes, and veritable menagerie of nutters voicing their
opinions on the subject, Sasquatch is a bit radioactive in that no one really wants to touch it for fear of contaminating their credentials as a
Because of this, interested people in the subject should practice all caution in attempting to examine the subject with due diligence, and sound
reasoning while resisting all temptations toward making assumptions or blindly believing.
I'd love to see the big hairy guy brought into the light of scientific daytime, but, with evidence and interest as is, it's hard to say when such
might, if ever, occur.