I applaud everyone's efforts.
There, I wanted to get that out of the way first. Also, I am not sure that this belongs here, or in the rant forum. So if necessary mods, please
What I want to address here are the resources available at ATS. Just in membership. We "UFO buffs" have a wealth of info at our fingertips, if we
just were to use it. All too often I open these threads and see nothing but bickering. Name calling. Poor arguments. Etc.
The UFO forum is what brought me to this site years ago.
When I first got here, I was one of the hardest "believers" out there. Yet, after spending time here, I learned A LOT. Namely, I learned that 95% of
UFO cases are bunk. You can argue with that if you like, but it is a waste of your efforts. So in that vein, I would emplore people to LISTEN to the
skeptics when they criticize your threads. It has been my experience here that, believe it or not, most everyone on these forums has a GENUINE
INTEREST in the field. The difference between believers and skeptics, 95% of the time (
) is that the skeptics here are right.
From forum moderators, to subject matter experts, to prolific thread authors, to prolific posters, this forum has an INSANE amount of quality members
who KNOW THEIR STUFF in this field.
Please, for the love of Pete, listen to them.
The bickering and the name calling is uncalled for. And I realize that I myself fall victim to this "I know this to be true" mentality all too often
and lash out at folks for having a differing opinion. But it is something that I am working towards correcting, and I hope that a number of others can
do as well.
The point is that we need to work TOGETHER.
I would like to use Phage as an example that comes to mind. (I haven't seen Phage in awhile. Is he ok?)
Everyone loves to have on Phage. But you know what people? When something comes up that he isn't immediately familiar with, do you know what he does?
He SCOURS the web looking for the answer.
All too often, believers do not do this. Nor any research for that matter. I have seen this. I have fallen victim to this as early as yesterday in
which I claimed (rudely in fact) that a quote from the Mahabarhata was legit when it in fact WAS NOT.
It is a learning process.
In closing, I would like to ask people to consider other's arguments and behave like scientists. I know that is a lot to ask, but that is the only
way that this field will ever advance from its current state of ... well, however you wanna label it.
Thanks for reading.