I just wanted to let everyone know that I don't know everything. This is not a peer-reviewed site - however, it is a cool place to come and discuss
ideas and different possibilities and get feedback so thanks to ATS, its staff and its members!
There are advantages and disadvantages, the way I see it - but ATS has a lot of advantages for me. In order to get really interested in a certain
topic and reach a professional level in it, a lot of times that will require a doctorate and then a specialization in the particular topic!
That can take years, and also, even for the brightest person, could end up quite limited in scope. Sometimes, hobbies are best kept separate from work
- they can be enjoyed more that way, and often pursued more in-depth -
For example, if you get so good at something that you have to participate in the "meta-game," often, that limits your ability to look at things that
are interesting to you if they do not have an immediate "pay-out." As a hobbyist or amateur, particular topics or strategies can be explored
in-depth regardless of their efficiency.
Along the same lines, the particular political climate can quite possibly affect which experiments there are funding for, or not, on a professional
level. I have heard as much from scientist's personal statements about things that they are interested in pursuing, but there is no funding for at
I think that some advantages of ATS include the ability to generate discussion on topics, and brainstorm, and ask questions or make points that might
be considered "stupid" by some in the upper academic circles, but are still fun to discuss.
On AboveTopSecret we have time and are having fun - two things that can lead to great, in-depth discussions and analysis. If this was a job and not a
hobby, the scope of what we could do would become limited by economics.
There are possibilities as well - including putting together pieces from multiple disciplines, or speculation, that I think are great to have on a
conspiracy website. I love the T&C of ATS because it helps promote healthy discussion but is not as limiting as a professional environment.
With that in mind, I will try to:
1) Provide sources for what I can
2) Make accurate arguments
3) Maybe have some fun now and then, I hope at least.
Feel free to question anything I say of course! And also realize that I don't have a professional background in any of it. Although I do a lot of
I do have a major in psychology, and minors in math, physics and computer science. I also went to a Liberal Arts college and have a background in the
liberal arts core curriculum from the late 2000's.
Other than that, I do have skills playing the guitar, bass, mixing and making techno - I have a background in running recording equipment and
organizing shows for bands - as well as marketing, writing both non-fiction (articles for the high school and college paper, including interviewing
and reporting on moderately well-known people or events in person) and fiction (I am into science fiction and fantasy and started writing books when I
I have autism and my social skills suck. That's why I also have experience with a lot of social services. I also have experience with religious
circles (going to a Catholic High School and Grade School) and heavily atheist-feminist circles (going to a Liberal Arts College, majoring in
I have experience in middle-class, rich and poor cultures - having lived in the first and third ones, and having had peer groups in the middle
category (including people like a friend whose dad was an oil baron from the middle-east, stuff like that).