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Skepticism

The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance --
it is the illusion of knowledge.
Daniel Boorstin

Skepticism is healthy in something as shaky as a time traveler story. Nobody should allow themselves to be easily suckered, but then again I've known so many born-again types that I know PT Barnum had to be right when he said there's a sucker born every minute. I'll never forget an old housemate, "Byington" his name was, who believed in every wacko thing he read about in the National Enquirer. For every nut cake idea there is someone out there who will embrace it, and some ideas are like some kind of weird transvestite meme, masquerading as something they are not and definitely not to be embraced. It can be very hard to tell truth from falsehood sometimes. In this case however, John Titor apparently didn't expect to be believed:

From http://communities.anomalies.net/cgi-bin/bbs/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic&f=9&t=000024

01-28-2001 03:23 AM Profile Email Home My Posts Edit IP: Logged

John Titor
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Registered: Jan 2001
Posts: 78
My initial flight was from 2036 to 1975 (61 yrs). I then went from 1975 to 2000 (25 yrs.) Later this year, one of two favorable windows will open and I will return to my 2036 (35 yrs.) I am here now for personal reasons. The web page is not mine. I have been speaking online for about three months and the page is a collection of the various documents and pictures I have sent to other individuals.

Also, I realize there is no way for anyone to believe me with absolute certainty so I hope I'm at least entertaining. You may be interested to know that even in 2036, there are a large number of people who don’t believe in time travel. Are you sure the world is round?

 

Wow!   Anybody should be skeptical especially if reading something like this for the first time, but it's also important to keep in mind that overskepticism is not very smart either if one ends up missing the boat on important truths (closemindedness is a far worse defect of mentation than gullibility in my opinion, though neither are desirable). We are fortunate however in this case that we don't have to prematurely pick sides either way (doing so without good evidence only reflects poor cognitive skills, don't do it) because very soon we will be seeing if the early warning prediction of police state tactics turning into civil war comes true. Those who pay attention to national and world events can choose to participate in the electoral process in ways that will make John Titor's story less likely to come true (JT said we could determine the course of our own timeline), but even if he's a raving fraud, most of us still don't want America to turn into a police state. The scary thing is that more and more it looks like America is turning to the right, in that ugly direction.

It is in this light I find myself: of trying to maintain a healthy skepticism and yet not reject the possibility of truth in John Titor's story. I saw a great story on the teevee tonight (thank you UPN Channel 13 Los Angeles), a Twilight Zone episode rerun on 6/24/03, titled Chosen. I have reviewed the show here because it tells a story of skepticism in the very context of nuclear annhilation that John Titor predicted. If you don't mind my giving away the ending a little bit, you don't want to wind up like Vince, the overly skeptical protagonist.


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