reply to post by stratostra
ah, because people with zero credibility, and no accreditation can be trusted to adhere to the rigorous methodologies developed to preserve the
integrity of Provenance, to handle any materials properly, and to do absolutely nothing to falsify or inject their own bias into their
Accredited professionals have their careers and reputations on the line.
Some clown that wants Artificial Skull Deformation samples to be aliens?
They can get away with anything because, they have no reputation beyond selling "wow" from positions of false authority and even telling outright
They can say anything, and if caught out, there's no accountability, thus, they DO say anything.
Any data coming from such sources is thus unreliable. It's questionable and has no value.
Now, there are differing tolerances depending the Scientific Concentration.
A child with a telescope in their backyard could legitimately discover a new comet, so long as such is verified by the Legitimate, Credible
The same could apply to the Maths where the work is verified by Professionals.
Concentrations where sample contamination is a problem even for the Accredited Experienced Academics? We then run into problems and thus strict
rigorous demanding protocols for observation of Provenance and many other sticky procedural protocols are called for where deviation or any
questionable bits about the process occur, the entire legitimacy of the project is brought into question.
Yes, I know a thing or two about Science.
Just a wee bit.
NO, not just anyone can go out and delve into any field of concentration, and make Legitimate discoveries.
Some concentrations, yes.
This concentration, NO.
Otherwise, anyone and everyone that ever claimed to have spotted the Loch Ness monster, Bigfoot, UFOs, etc, would by observation alone be counted as
observational indicators such to legitimize every floating log, mistaken bear sighting, or mylar balloon into a whole menagerie of suddenly
scientifically valid and 'confirmed' legitimate observations.
No. Some things need be done, observed, and legitimized by Legitimate, Accredited, Experienced, Professionals.
Besides that, the more important ANY thing is, the more weighted in Experience and Credentials anyone typically wants to have looking at any X
Otherwise, if you're going to trust the results of any old clown that comes along your results are going to be similar this:
If you want something Important done, done correctly, observed correctly, with results that won't be questioned, then, have the Accredited
Professionals do it.
If you just want to be told what you want to hear, then, by all means, bring in the clowns.