As atheists and skeptics, we’re often confronted by people making claims that are just not provable by the person making the claim. We often come up against theists that claim God exists, but when we ask for proof, they tend to try and turn the argument around and ask us to prove God doesn’t exist. Proving a negative isn’t possible, that’s why claimants that provide no evidence are usually waved off by most people.
I actually like the show, Ancient Aliens. When I tell others that, they look at me with amazement. It’s not that I find any of their claims believable – I don’t – it’s the idea that they believe what they say without being able to provide a scintilla of scientific evidence. It’s entertaining to watch these presenters use pretzel logic to establish their claims.
There are those, though, that no matter the evidence – or lack thereof – will ever change their mind . If that person claims to be a skeptic, it’s worse. When any of us decide truth based on nothing more than how we feel about something, or possibly pressure from those we align with politically or socially, it’s no longer about using reason. We may as well become flat-earthers because at that point, that’s the level of credibility we will have.
Mob rule isn’t rule; It’s anarchy and it doesn’t matter whether it’s political, social, scientific, or religious in nature. Lack of independent thinking, or fear of ostracism has lead us to come to conclusions before there are any facts presented.
That’s exactly backwards. It’s the reason I mentioned Ancient Aliens above. People that have already come to a conclusion (aliens did it) and then run around the world trying to find evidence for their conclusion. It maps directly into our daily lives, doesn’t it?
We need to start thinking for ourselves and not allow other people to sway our thinking by unsubstantiated beliefs. We should be disavowing those using pretzel logic and stand for facts, not feelings.