Believing Weird Things Can Be Dangerous
“everyone is entitled to his own opinions, but not his own facts.”
“You are free to believe what you want, but others are free — and in some cases obligated — to expose that which you hold to be true.”
Introduction (via Rob Breakenridge, Calgary Herald)
Though we may disagree on what constitutes “weird”, it ought to come as no surprise that there is no shortage of those who believe “weird things” to be true.
For those who endeavour to subscribe to the basic tenets of science, reason, and critical thinking, the past week must have been quite frustrating.
Why do so many give credence to untested, unproven, and unlikely paranormal or pseudo-scientific claims? The answer to that may be rather complex, but a more relevant question is whether belief in “weird stuff” can be harmful.
While individual belief is not the business of the state, it is dismaying nonetheless to see the outlandish claims that some people are all-too-willing to accept — and the consequences that can lead to.
Additional Excerpt (via Rob Breakenridge, Calgary Herald)
Similarly, the potential for harm exists in believing the claims of psychics or clairvoyants. It’s one thing to take some comfort in a psychic’s warm and fuzzy prediction of a new job or love interest, but it’s much more concerning when psychics are brought into help in missing persons cases.