Re: A letter sent to me...
- The content of your post is exactly right-too many false claims are
circulating on the internet, causing a lot of confusion. It is very
easy to be taken in by them, and they are often presented in a very
biased way, not even discussing the alternative explanations. When
people realise that they have been misled, it can be very
embarrassing, and many will not retract their statements for fear of
looking foolish. This perpetuates the whole thing.
There is no shame in making a genuine mistake, and passing it on, but
when such a mistake is discovered, it should be acknowledged.
There is another type of disinformation, whereby people for whatever
reason (usually money) want to mislead other people. I get very angry
when I see people making claims such as the transistor being an
example of captured alien technology, when they either clearly know
or should know (with a little research) that this is not the case. In
my view, suich people are either dishonest, or careless in their
This encourages such false beliefs among people that don't have the
time or inclination to follow up such a statement with research, and
these people, quite innocently, perpetuate them.
In my case, I don't have the time to research some of the more
obscure claims, and until I find reasonable proof of them, I treat
them as suspect. I think that this is the best way to proceed, treat
all reports with a level of scepticism until you, or someone that you
trust, has the time to do some research and verify or discredit (as
far as is possible) such claims.
Just thought I would get on my soapbox,
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