“The Unpersuadables” – A New Book for Branding Believers as Idiots

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It’s a growing and rather effective trend by the skeptic and scientific community – Label those that don’t agree with you as unreasonable, unintelligent and most of all, not worth the effort of listening too. A new book has been released called “The Unpersuadables.” It talks about how believers in things like creationism, homeopathy, UFOs and ghosts will believe anything, but deny any evidence to the contrary. I’m not going to read the book, but I am going to take the oppurtunity to highlight a common trend.

Unfortunately science and skeptics have grown tired of the debate. They believe their work is of a level that should not be questioned. Even when those in their own ranks question commonly accepted notions they are black-balled – Just watch the movie Expelled for a look at that. I don’t deny that some people want to think any light in the sky is a UFO, any blurry image in a forest is Bigfoot and any bump in house at night is a ghost – but to generalize an entire community as die-hard believers who ignore the facts is so far from the truth it it ridiculous.

In fact the term Unpersuadable can be applied both ways. Skeptics will look at a handful of cherry-picked UFO cases, quickly come up with an explanation and label the entire phenomenon as solved. It is really a sad state of science when scientists will dismiss the claims of thousands and simply seek to apply a scientific explanation rather than follow the evidence through a legitimate investigation. There are charlatans and fakes in everything paranormal, simply pointing them out does not prove the entire phenomenon is a farce. This is a bit of logic many if the skeptical community have difficulty grasping. Truth in cases of the paranormal will take a tremendous amount of hard work and collaboration. Investigators should not be quick to disbelieve or believe. They should dispassionately follow the evidence to a logical conclusion. But when we shut-down debate, we create a climate where exploration is stifled and the majority defines what is right and wrong – A dangerous precedent to set.

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