I am interested in science, the wonders of the cosmos fascinate me, the unbreakable truths of mathematics and Physics comfort me and the sceptical and critical thought process enlightens me. While I am a pagan with a strong faith, I follow this religion because it has, so far, never clashed with our ever growing scientific understanding of the universe.
That being said, I will always be a passive observer to main stream science and so will most of you. I (we) don’t have access to CERN or to a deep space telescope, we don’t have grants or university faculties to study quantum theory. Our taxes etc pay for other, better, fans of science to do that for us and no matter at what level we dabble, we are not really active in the field.
This is a fact, get over it!
However there are still questions to be answered closer to home. Mysteries observable with technology we can obtain and use without a budget to make the bankers blush. There are fields in need of scientific investigation of a more inclusive nature; often because mainstream science isn’t interested in the answers or indeed, the questions. Studying UFO’s or Big Foot sightings, reports of the paranormal or psychic phenomenon scientifically is still very much in its baby stages and can be undertaken by the amateur, by you and me. While I’ll never be able to explore worlds beyond the Kuipher belt in any significant way, there are those who believe in unexplored worlds much closer to home and within my reach. Dimensions where something else might exist and where the belief in ghosts or fairies come from. Other forms of energy and conduction, magic and the like. The study of misinterpreted data is every bit as insightful as the study of a dying star.
Despite the general sneers and derision from the ‘proper’ scientists, fringe science is open to everyone who is interested; it’s the people’s last frontier. All those posters and blogger who truly are excited by science (along with the much larger group currently jumping on the meme bandwagon) ought to turn their interest towards things within their reach. Make their own discoveries using the same techniques and guidelines employed at Harvard and NASA.
It’s time the scientifically minded stopped putting the evidence they don’t like into a corner and smirking at it because the subject matter is a little peculiar. Science should not be about deciding what is serious and what isn’t based on beliefs and individual viewpoints, it should be about investigating the world and coming to unbiased conclusions based on evidence. Neither should science be about personal taste nor only seeking to prove the truth of something we already believe in. Science should be about finding the truth despite what we think possible or even probable, no matter where the evidence leads.
We may never discover a long lost Hominid living among us, but we still need to work out what all that demonstratedly repeatable evidence is. We need to examine all the evidence (and dismiss it if necessary) rather than taking the sceptical approach to science of disproving one piece of evidence and assuming that answers all the questions no matter how tangentially related. You know, footprints expand in the snow and end up looking like big feet, fine. But what the hell are all those people doing walking around barefoot at the top of the Himalaya or in the pine forests of the US? I don’t believe the moon landings were faked because its a preposterous idea as undeniable evidence clearly demonstrates. But among all that poorly thought out ‘evidence’ are those photos with the astronaut clearly stuck on afterwards. What’s that all about? Why was that interesting nugget thrown out with all the crap?
By its nature there are as many quacks in fringe science as there are in mainstream science but quack physicists don’t make as good TV as those from the unfunded division. It’s easier to focus on David Icke and his fellow nutters then on serious researchers sure, that’s how the media works. But don’t call yourself scientific if you rely on the same tropes! The current trend is for scepticism and secularism; but that leads people to believe far more scientifically unsupportable nonsense now than they ever did in so called simpler times. Worse still, this nonsense is packaged as being the scientific side of the argument.
I am never going to believe in visitors from other worlds or in Dinosaurs surviving for millions of years in various hard to get to places, but I when the sceptics start to speak up with their inherently flawed approach to science (or Mythbusters science) I’m glad these aren’t the only two choices. You see, no matter how preposterous the conclusion which seems to address all the evidence it is always better than the one which is deals with one piece but is disproved by others, or indeed, by the rest! An answer cannot be considered scientifically sound if there is evidence to disprove it and that is always the flaw with those who style themselves as ‘sceptics’ on this modern bandwagon.
The same idiots who used to believe that every light in the sky was a visitor from Mars (because it was trendy) are now being inclined to think that because one light in the sky was a weather balloon no new aircraft will ever take off.
That worries me!