Mysteries :  The Official GrahamHancock.com forums
For serious discussion of the controversies, approaches and enigmas surrounding the origins and development of the human species and of human civilization. (NB: for more ‘out there’ posts we point you in the direction of the ‘Paranormal & Supernatural’ Message Board). 
Welcome! Log InRegister
My outlook is that well-intentioned discussion only helps a serious theory, and that - especially for the non-academic researcher - can serve as a kind of peer review to help keep the author's perspective on track.

Likewise, it makes as little sense to slap down a less-well-thought-out theory as it would to slap down someone who is just in the process of learning a complex language. You come to learn language by using it, just as you tend to learn useful things by pursuing a thoughtful line of inquiry to its eventual conclusion - even if that conclusion ultimately contradicts the original theory.

Likewise, there is often something useful to be gained even from (sometimes especially from) a person who holds the most naive perspective on a given topic, and there is value to everyone in letting that person pursue their thought. Consequently, in my view, the poster who presents what in the card game Bridge is called a shut-out bid ultimately does a disservice to everyone.

To my way of thinking, anyone who casts themselves as a debunker has already concluded that their perspective is and must be the correct perspective. In that case, why bother to join a discussion group?

- Laird

Options: ReplyQuote


Subject Views Written By Posted
debunking alternative theories 422 Titus Livius 02-Jul-09 19:10
Re: debunking alternative theories 319 cladking 02-Jul-09 19:55
Re: debunking alternative theories 265 drew 02-Jul-09 23:11
Re: debunking alternative theories 298 Scott Creighton 02-Jul-09 23:52
Re: debunking alternative theories 270 survivalcell 03-Jul-09 00:01
Re: debunking alternative theories 285 cladking 03-Jul-09 01:37
Re: debunking alternative theories 298 survivalcell 03-Jul-09 18:18
Re: debunking alternative theories 277 cladking 04-Jul-09 00:07
Re: debunking alternative theories 354 Susan Doris 04-Jul-09 07:14
Re: debunking alternative theories 301 cladking 04-Jul-09 07:26
Re: debunking alternative theories 337 Susan Doris 04-Jul-09 07:31
Re: debunking alternative theories 318 Rob Miller 04-Jul-09 07:31
Re: debunking alternative theories 288 Titus Livius 03-Jul-09 17:10
Re: debunking alternative theories 330 cladking 03-Jul-09 22:56
Re: debunking alternative theories 299 papalou 05-Jul-09 22:27
Re: debunking alternative theories 318 Susan Doris 06-Jul-09 06:34
Re: debunking alternative theories 368 carolb 06-Jul-09 18:13
Re: debunking alternative theories 294 Susan Doris 06-Jul-09 20:34
Re: debunking alternative theories 294 papalou 06-Jul-09 23:29
Re: debunking alternative theories 365 carolb 07-Jul-09 16:43
Re: debunking alternative theories 285 NetWorkAngel 07-Jul-09 16:51
Re: debunking alternative theories 314 Bobajot 08-Jul-09 03:49
Re: debunking alternative theories 247 Andy McCallum 02-Jul-09 22:40
Re: debunking alternative theories 295 Archae Solenhofen 02-Jul-09 23:18
Re: debunking alternative theories 266 Scott Creighton 03-Jul-09 00:03
Re: debunking alternative theories 312 Archae Solenhofen 03-Jul-09 03:17
Re: debunking alternative theories 315 Scott Creighton 03-Jul-09 10:23
Re: debunking alternative theories 308 Titus Livius 03-Jul-09 17:20
Scott 304 Warwick 03-Jul-09 17:54
Re: debunking alternative theories 314 Archae Solenhofen 03-Jul-09 18:13
Re: debunking alternative theories 314 cladking 03-Jul-09 23:08
Re: debunking alternative theories 302 Archae Solenhofen 03-Jul-09 23:59
Re: debunking alternative theories 307 cladking 04-Jul-09 01:34
Re: debunking alternative theories 310 Archae Solenhofen 04-Jul-09 18:18
Re: debunking alternative theories 314 cladking 04-Jul-09 18:54
Re: debunking alternative theories 286 papalou 05-Jul-09 22:47
The coiled serpent 283 Morph 06-Jul-09 13:58
Re: debunking alternative theories 309 Susan Doris 06-Jul-09 07:03
Re: debunking alternative theories 296 cladking 06-Jul-09 21:46
Re: debunking alternative theories 341 Susan Doris 07-Jul-09 07:18
Re: debunking alternative theories 311 Titus Livius 03-Jul-09 17:16
Re: debunking alternative theories 343 Archae Solenhofen 03-Jul-09 18:47
Re: debunking alternative theories 300 Morph 02-Jul-09 23:22
Re: debunking alternative theories 299 drew 02-Jul-09 23:25
Re: debunking alternative theories 304 Titus Livius 03-Jul-09 17:48
Re: debunking alternative theories 272 Warwick 03-Jul-09 18:08
Re: debunking alternative theories 363 richarddullum 03-Jul-09 05:50
Re: debunking alternative theories 294 Titus Livius 03-Jul-09 17:38
Re: debunking alternative theories 336 cladking 03-Jul-09 23:36
Re: debunking alternative theories 309 Titus Livius 04-Jul-09 11:57
Re: debunking alternative theories 342 cladking 04-Jul-09 19:14
Re: debunking alternative theories 279 Titus Livius 05-Jul-09 10:22
Re: debunking alternative theories 300 cladking 05-Jul-09 20:18
Re: debunking alternative theories 337 Susan Doris 03-Jul-09 07:36
Re: debunking alternative theories 354 Susan Doris 03-Jul-09 07:43
Re: debunking alternative theories 290 Scott Creighton 03-Jul-09 10:58
Re: debunking alternative theories 281 Essan 03-Jul-09 08:52
Re: debunking alternative theories 275 Laird Scranton 03-Jul-09 15:05
Re: debunking alternative theories 310 Warwick 03-Jul-09 17:47
more scholarly feedback 235 Warwick 03-Jul-09 18:00
Re: more scholarly feedback 297 cladking 03-Jul-09 23:45
Re: debunking alternative theories 404 Rob Miller 03-Jul-09 18:42
actually.. 312 Warwick 03-Jul-09 19:08
Re: actually.. 280 Rob Miller 03-Jul-09 19:17
Re: actually.. 292 Warwick 03-Jul-09 19:39
Re: actually.. 329 Rob Miller 03-Jul-09 19:43
Re: actually.. 317 Warwick 03-Jul-09 19:50
Re: actually.. 285 Rob Miller 03-Jul-09 19:56
Re: actually.. 276 Warwick 03-Jul-09 20:13
Re: actually.. 263 Rob Miller 03-Jul-09 20:33
Posturing.. 298 Warwick 03-Jul-09 20:46
Re: Posturing.. 308 Rob Miller 03-Jul-09 20:54
Re: Posturing.. 289 Warwick 03-Jul-09 21:01
Re:Opinion Alert! 314 Sirfiroth 04-Jul-09 06:03
Re:Opinion Alert! 309 Warwick 04-Jul-09 17:58
Re:Opinion Alert! 263 Sirfiroth 04-Jul-09 19:49
Re:Opinion Alert! 274 Rob Miller 04-Jul-09 20:03
Re:Opinion Alert! 284 Warwick 05-Jul-09 18:45
Re:Opinion Alert! 324 Sirfiroth 05-Jul-09 20:21
Re:Opinion Alert! 346 Warwick 05-Jul-09 21:05
Re: Posturing.. 317 Rob Miller 04-Jul-09 08:15
Re: Posturing.. 284 Warwick 04-Jul-09 18:10
Re: Posturing.. 284 Rob Miller 04-Jul-09 18:33
Re: Posturing.. 285 Warwick 04-Jul-09 19:09
Re: Posturing.. 357 Rob Miller 04-Jul-09 19:27
Re: Posturing.. 304 cladking 04-Jul-09 20:01
Re: actually.. 368 Warwick 03-Jul-09 20:15
Re: debunking alternative theories 308 drew 04-Jul-09 03:24
Titus 303 Warwick 03-Jul-09 20:34
Re: debunking alternative theories 286 Diomede 05-Jul-09 22:39
Re: debunking alternative theories 349 Susan Doris 06-Jul-09 06:49
Re: debunking alternative theories 304 Laird Scranton 06-Jul-09 14:56
Re: debunking alternative theories 314 Titus Livius 06-Jul-09 18:39
Re: debunking alternative theories 342 Laird Scranton 06-Jul-09 20:40
Re: debunking alternative theories 330 bookwise 06-Jul-09 15:24
Re: debunking alternative theories 288 Laird Scranton 06-Jul-09 15:47
Re: debunking alternative theories 272 Diomede 06-Jul-09 20:11
Re: debunking alternative theories 288 bookwise 06-Jul-09 20:49
Re: debunking alternative theories 312 Susan Doris 07-Jul-09 07:38
Re: debunking alternative theories 332 Titus Livius 08-Jul-09 18:34
Re: debunking alternative theories 258 Warwick 08-Jul-09 19:03


Sorry, only registered users may post in this forum.