Okay, so I was scrolling thru my feed on Facebook the other day, and I came across this…
I didn’t have time to follow the link, but I made a mental note to go back and see what the what this was about.
Today I backtracked thru the I Fucking Love Science site and found the article. Turns out this is the long-dead corpse of a legit 6 inch human being. How cool is that? And it’s not a baby, it’s a six to eight year old female child.
The article ends with this…
While we do know that Ata was human and most definitely not an extraterrestrial (no matter what the “documentary” Sirius has to say), that’s about the extent of what can be said for sure. More thorough genetic testing is still ongoing and researchers are trying to reconcile the base pairs that did not match up with the human reference. The only information that has been released so far has been preliminary, though the researchers have pledged that further results will go through the appropriate peer-review channels and be published in an accredited scientific journal.
It’s actually really good. It runs the gamut from government corruption to forbidden knowledge, and tons more info on the tiny person. I’m left to wonder if the IFLS people dropped a mention of it in there to publicly ridicule it or draw attention to it? I mean, why would you bother referencing something you have such utter disregard for? Why even mention the alien angle at all? Possibly because there are still so many unanswered questions regarding the test results that instead of simply acknowledging that heaven forbid scientists don’t know something, you have to fill that void with preemptive mockery and snarky commentary. Maybe they’re just trying too hard to be “cool,” because snark is definitely in right now, and it’s ever-present in my Facebook feed. Very often from IFLS, but also from other sites. I have to make a conscious effort to read through the snark to get to the good stuff sometimes. I can imagine that some people are put off by the tone of some of these otherwise entertaining and informative feeds, because they make no pretense of being open to other points of view and freely mock anyone they deem unworthy of being taken seriously.
I actually think it’s getting to a point where it’s creating and feeding a societal acceptance of using snark and belittling of others’ views to cut off valid debate. Think about it…how often do you hear actual debate anymore? Two sides with opposing views willing to defend their view and listen as others do the same and then have a rigorous, honest debate. Other than on actual debate programs, which I’m probably one of the only people watching, you are not going to see it in the mainstream media. Mainly because of the format of “news” programs, to be honest. There isn’t the time for debate in a segment on CNN or Fox. Also, because so-called experts in the fields that we should be having the most public debate about just simply aren’t willing to publicly debate-willingly acknowledging they are intending to delegitamize the opposing view. After all, if you accept that your opponent’s view is worthy of debate by having a debate, you’re ceding ground that you don’t have to if you simply move the starting point of the discussion in your favor. If everyone around you simply accepts the premise that your arbitrary starting point is legitimate, you’ve just saved yourself from having to answer potentially uncomfortable questions. Think: Al Gore. This guy’s out on a limb so far that he can’t possibly survive even a cursory search into whether what he’s claiming is actually true. Did you know Al Gore was sued in the UK over his movie being shown to impressionable young kids and presented as fact…
A British High Court judge this week exposed nine inaccuracies in former U.S. vicepresident Al Gore’s award-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth, labelling it “a political film” and calling many of its claims about climate change “alarmist” and “exaggerated.”
Justice Michael Burton had been asked to rule on whether the showing of the Oscar-winning film in British classrooms amounted to education or indoctrination.
He’s just one obvious example, though. What I do to counter the lack of debate is seek out opposing viewpoints. Anything I’m curious about, I’m going to look into it from all angles and then decide for myself. Take one part Al Gore, add a pinch of Bjorn Lomborg and a dash of Joe Bastardi and what do you get? The knowledge necessary to develop a well-informed opinion. Tada!