Monday, January 8, 2018

Does The Word “Evidence” Mean Anything Anymore?

Does The Word “Evidence” Mean Anything Anymore?
By Dorraine Fisher

There’s a war against evidence going on. And it’s interfering with bigfoot research and all other aspects of paranormal research.

We live in strange times. In which people seem to pick and choose the “facts” they like. All you have to do is turn on your favorite news source every day. Based on your socio-political beliefs and personal perceptions of the world, you can choose the news source you like best by picking the one that tells you the most stuff you want to hear. While most of it has nothing to do with the real complete truth. The real truth is probably somewhere in between the two sides. But that’s not what you get because that’s not what you want. That doesn’t sell the news. What you get is a filtered version of events, tailored to your personal preferences. In essence, in order to acquire your viewership, they tell you what you want to hear.  And you reject all other contrary information out there with a vengeance because, quite frankly, you just don’t like it and you’re not willing to believe it. It can’t be true because you don’t want it to be true.
Some of us are old enough to remember when all the different types of information that were being dispersed were supposed to be objective...and neutral. If a case was to be made, the evidence was presented in a fair and neutral format. That is no longer the case.

It sometimes feels like no one can handle the truth anymore. Why should they, when they can simply reject it for a “truth” they prefer? Why should they when there’s always someone around that will tell them what they want to hear, true or not?

It’s the same with science. Scientists deny good evidence every day.  The one medium in which the practitioners are required to follow the evidence wherever it leads, are now, at least in the case of some things like in the existence of bigfoot or the Theory of Evolution, have decided to only accept the evidence that leads in the direction they prefer. While many researchers outside of science are finding lots of important information that refutes what science is saying, that information is being rejected. Why? Because the evidence they collect isn’t controllable by the scientific community, and it doesn’t fit what science wants to believe...or what the government wants us to know, or whatever excuse there is out there for rejecting evidence that could change what we know about everything. So what good is it for anyone to discover some great evidence. It’ll only be accepted if people like what it’s saying.

Everyone just picks and chooses their own facts. Evidence doesn’t seem to mean much anymore. One person’s evidence is just a tall tale to someone else. Evidence is just a word people throw around in an attempt to validate their information. If you say you have evidence, it has to stand up to the scrutiny of those who simply choose not to believe it. It wouldn’t matter if you had bigfoot in a box and handed it to them, if they don’t want to believe it’s bigfoot, they simply won’t. They’ll find every reason in the world not to. They’ll rally all the non-believers against you and twist your words around. They’ll reject your evidence no matter how good it is. 

The word evidence has been so overused by now that I wonder, in the state of people’s minds, if it matters at all any more. If people don’t want to believe it, saying you have evidence won’t change it. HAVING evidence won’t change it. Evidence should be irrefutable, but the problem is, no matter how good the evidence is, in this new age of “pick-your-favorite-information,” people are conditioned to always simply believe what they want to because there’s always someone around that will validate it, truth or not.

So, in this collective state of mind, how do we move forward with the “evidence?” What do you think needs to be done about it?


This Post By TCC Team Member Dorraine Fisher. Dorraine is a Professional Writer, photographer, a nature, wildlife and Bigfoot enthusiast who has written for many magazines. Dorraine conducts research, special interviews and more for The Crypto Crew. Get Dorraine's book The Book Of Blackthorne!

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