I think it just needs to be said that just because something is posted here does not necessarily guarantee that it is true. Each of us is responsible for what we believe, ESPECIALLY if it is something we really WANT to be true. Let's always keep critical thinking alive. We have an amazing platform here, let's keep it amazing.
And someone that believes something that isn't true that claims to have personal integrity needs to 'fess up when the discover the truthfulness
At one time I believed Lemmings would commit mass suicide by running off cliffs into the ocean
Just as the Disney show depicted
I agree with you completely... Blindly believing something you see/hear/read just because you (even unknowingly) WANT it to be true is always a bad thing. It's one of the main things that has destroyed journalism, IMHO.
I like to listen to as many different views as possible, then choose for myself. If something comes along to challenge, change or cause question that thinking, the analysis cycle has to start over with factoring the additional information.
Even when u have great sources to back up your beliefs it is possible to still be wrong and that is what these forums are good for. The exchange of ideas and beliefs, as long as it is civil even in disagreement, so that more information can be passed to others that they have never been exposed to before. I always have sources for claims I make but I'm the first to admit I could be ignorant of newer sources or even older sources due to limited time and the broad spectrum of sources available. I'm always open to being proven wrong and hope others can prove me wrong from time to time so that I do grow and learn. We can disagree and still be friends as long as people don't go to petty insults and such. So far, this site is the best I've seen in that regard and I hope as it grows it dot take a turn for the worse.