Exposing Falsehoods and Revealing Truths
A typical incident happened this week which just increases my alarm with how things are going awry . I followed a thread in Phil Plaitt's bad astronomy blog this week, which is loaded with scientists and engineers. Here is a case study. A poster named Neil dared to question the standard orthodoxy that men landed on moon. He listed several reasonable points to argue his case and kept his cool and politeness throughout an extended debate. But almost to a reply, the rest of the bloggers just ambushed him. I wouldn't mind at all if they just argued the case for and against moon landings, but these people just immediately demeaned Neil and didn't listen to his arguments. Finally, Neil got disgusted and wrote:
"I have no doubt disgraceful forces in the USA (including those on this blog), would persecute me with "Apollo denial thought crimes" if they could.
Since these are intelligent science people assailing his idea, this really alarms me. And I've seen this over and over on blogs/forums throughout the years.
People do not seem to understand critical thinking. They engage in groupthink, and see others using "conspiracy theorists" and other derogatory labels. A society without thinking is a society which is inevitably going to go to chaos.
Sandy, The way the forum is set-up, the links appear but are not active. They are important, nonetheless, since each of us can copy and paste them into the address box and thereby access the items linked. Keep up with your fine efforts! Jim
This guy is a prick! He is a nasty man.
Thoth II said:Vince Bugliosi, American tragedy.
Since I've heard so much about the great attorney, I finally decided to include his works on my summer reading list. After rereading several of his books, I've come to a sad conclusion.
He did some great things as LA county assistant DA. I think the greatest thing he did was defend a young woman who a zealous Hawaiian prosecutor was trying to railroad for murder on Palmyra atoll. There were 2 couples on the island, one couple ended up dead, and of course as Vince says "four minus two leaves two" ; so the prosecutors tried shenigans to railroad Jennifer. However, Vince proved that "four minus two leaves one" and he proved that Buck Walker killed them and concealed this from Jennifer, because she was 200 yards away at time of crime and occupied in her boat.
Now I read the short rerelease of his massive tome on JFK ; I wouldn't waste my time with the rest. And I read Jim DiEugenio's review of this book. Jim absolutely picks the books to pieces.
What happened to Vince? I think a case could be made that he cancelled out the good work he did with this massive disinformation tome on JFK.