No! What the fuck is wrong with people?
I saw this as a “recommended” post on Facebook, making me wonder if Facebook regards me as someone of severely limited mental capacity.
In case you don’t read the linked article… it’s a story about a man who allegedly witnessed some Tibetan monks supposedly moving large rocks via levitation, using music to somehow float them into place, in 1939. One would expect that nobody believes such obvious nonsense but…
Then I looked at the comments of the original post (clicking on the image above will take you there) and realized a lot of people believe this stuff. Maybe I shouldn’t be surprised? Honestly there are times when the preview of an article alone should be enough to get your bullshit detector buzzing, and this is one of those cases, but yet not everybody gets that. So here are some helpful hints that should guide you in the right direction…
- Things that obviously violate the laws of physics and reality as we know it are never true, no matter how many “scientifical” words are thrown in. Levitation is impossible. This should be a clue.
- Unnecessary adjectives should be a clue that something is awry. Acoustic sound… Really? I wonder if that’s like visual sight or aromatic smells? Or maybe water that’s wet?
- Blatant mistruths to lead you in… “The world today has fully leveraged the power of Artificial intelligence”. Fully. Has it though? I don’t think so.
- Before you click through to the article, you can already see where that first line is going: (Paraphrased) Today we have AI, machine learning and so on, but we have forgotten all about the wisdom of our ancient ancestors who could harness electricity from flying pigs… It’s an appeal to ancient wisdom. Fuck no… people are dumb now despite a wealth of knowledge available via smart phones almost all of us have at our fingertips. The ancients more likely took ignorance to lows we can barely imagine.
- Anecdotes are great for stories and we just love narratives, but an anecdote about some guy seeing something impossible in 1940 odd doesn’t make it true. Rocks have never been able to fly no matter how well you sing to them.
- Conspiracies are almost never true, and all claims of a cover-up can be assumed to be false.“ He was stunned to see it and decided to make two films on the incident. However, upon his return, the films were confiscated by his employer immediately.” Right? So there was a film of the impossible but it was confiscated? How convenient.
- Weasel words are a sure sign of bullshit. “Although scientists are looking into the truth behind the mystery, the remarkable spectacle witnessed by Dr. Jarl in 1939 shows that monks had advanced knowledge of vibrational physics.” What scientists? Dr Van der MadeUpNamenberger?
There are so many red flags there, too many for me to even consider posting a question to Skeptics StackExchange (in the hope of increasing my reputation) because they will downvote me to oblivion. Not a notable claim and quite rightly so. If you could produce sound waves of enough magnitude to move rocks around, the requisite explosion wouldn’t leave you standing in a circle watching them drift into place.
Don’t be stupid, okay? Magic isn’t real and rocks don’t fly. You don’t have to be a genius or any kind of expert to refute obvious nonsense. One should not read such an article and think even for a moment that it might be true.