posted on Feb, 27 2011 @ 03:04 AM
1) Not everyone has an opinion. Mature minds are perfectly capable of saying "I am not qualified to judge that. I do not have enough data on the
subject." For instance, I have no freakin' clue as to what is going on with UFOs other than "something weird is probably going on in the sky" and
even that's as general as possible.
2) One of the worst ideas to ever gain common currency in the marketplace of ideas is that "everyone is entitled to their opinion". NO. NO THEY ARE
NOT. Everyone is entitled to an _educated_ opinion, and then _only_ if they are willing to change that opinion in the face of evidence. If they
aren't, they don't have an opinion, they have a... *bleh*... a belief. Which, in my opinion, should be considered a swear word.
3) If you make claims about how things are, particularly when those claims are contrary to the accepted paradigm of reality, you damned well better be
providing evidence. "Proof" is a stupid concept that holds no use in these conversations, but _evidence_ is important. eg. If you're telling me
that Lizardfolk have taken over human political structures, you'd better provide a more convincing argument than "Just look at "V"! And this frame
full of video artifacts!".
Finally, 4) You're right in that there're just as many knee-jerk, closed-minded "skeptics" as there are knee-jerk, closed-minded "believers". In
reality, they have exactly the same damned mentality: "I really really REALLY feel like this is true. Until you can land a spaceship in my back
yard/duplicate every single reported UFO sighting with conventional "science" [they're always gonna put quotes around science], I'm going to call
you a liar." It's bull#e however it's expressed.
Seek to have _fewer_ opinions in general and actively seek out evidence that contradicts those you have. Otherwise you're a cosmic jackass.