Monday, February 1, 2021






Just because you believe something doesn’t make it true, and confirmation bias on the social media is worthless as proof.


Why do people willingly buy into outrageous claims without a modicum of research or thought experiments to question the validity.


I have a friend, an intelligent man, who believes in Big Foot.  I actually think he would like to believe in Big Foot, and so doesn’t question the claims.   It is hard to prove a negative so the best argument against questionable the circumstantial evidence is a thought experiment. 


I first heard of Big Foot when I was about twelve years old.   We are talking seventy years ago.   All animals die, and especially large animals leave remains.  Even humans that were murdered, or were lost and died in the woods, there remains are almost always found.  In seventy years, no Big Foot has ever wandered into the road and been hit by a car; died as a result of an accident in the woods; been shot by an ammosexual, and the remains found.  No Big Foot big crap – no DNA evidence has ever been collected.    In my seventy years, there has never been any physical proof of the existence a large hominoid wandering around the shrinking wilderness regions of this country or any other.   And just because some idiot with night vision goggles posts a video of himself in the woods at night and excitedly declaring “That’s godda be a squash we are hearing!” doesn’t make it real.



A number of people I have known believe in ghost.   Again, you can’t prove a negative.  But a thought experiment might go something like this:  

We are born naked.  Clothes were the invention of humankind to protect his body from the elements, and later to hide the proof of the smallness of his dick and to cover his mate to make her less sexually attractive to more dominant men; and finally, by the religions that are paranoid about sex.   Let’s say for the sake of argument that the vestige of a human could return after death.  Why would they be clothed?  Is there a gossamer wardrove that the dead get to pick from for their return?   Why are ghost wearing clothes?  They should be naked; and that would be really scary.  No proof.  The belief in ghost has a religious origin. 


Q Anon: you have got to be a fucking nut case to buy into this.  A cabal of Satan worshiping, cannibal, pedophiles – make up of high-ranking Democrat politicians, led by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and liberal Hollywood actors are running a world-wide child-sex-trafficking network, and have plotted against Donald Trump to make sure he is not re-elected President.  Satan – again a religious connection.


And then there is religion.   Christianity, Judaism and Islam based on the writings of a two-thousand-year-old book, written at a time when a wheelbarrow was considered cutting edge technology; with miracles confirmed by witnessed – this time without night vision goggles.


It is not necessarily a matter of intelligence, education, or affluence or lack thereof; I think gullibility is imbedded in our DNA along with our ability to fantasize.  Why else would so many people buy into religion and other fantastic?


Just asking

the Ol’Buzzard










  1. I am in complete agreement. I think there really is a gullibility gene, but the odd thing is that it doesn't necessarily relate to intelligence. I know some very intelligent (about some things) people who believe in outlandish ideas.

  2. Back when I was in grad school, one of the professors who was a major skeptic about almost everything mentioned he did believe in Nessie, the Loch Ness monster. He knew one of the people who claimed to have documented it and he trusted the guy. He was absolutely devastated a few years later when his friend confessed to how they faked the photos. My conclusion? You're more likely to believe the unbelievable when you trust the person peddling the b.s. I think the only thing where we are all true skeptics is when a friend starts telling you about the one that got away -- the humongous trout, the 30-point buck, the gorgeous person at the club that you almost talked into bed.

  3. Some people want and need absolute certainty about things so they can feel in control (and even better, superior to others). Religion and conspiracy theories promote such certainty, false though it may be.

  4. opinions are like assholes, everyone has one..sigh*

  5. Everyone should believe in something that stretches credibility or reflects a bit of cynicism. There are several official accounts I do not believe in their entirety. And my Irish/Scots ancestry has me believing in ghosties and ghoulies and long legged beasties and things that go bump in the night


COMMENT: Ben Franklin said, "I imagine a man must have a good deal of vanity who believes, and a good deal of boldness who affirms, that all doctrines he holds are true, and all he rejects are false."