- Mar 9, 2002
Better yet when they use this 'position of authority' to scoff at other Fortean pursuits. I know a dyed-in-the-wool UFO ETH nut who thinks people who believe in ghosts are idiots "because there's no such thing, duh!"..there's a tendency for the "believer" types to argue that "I've been studying this for 'x' years" - as though this is some sort of position of authority.
Again, when an interest becomes an article of faith it becomes correspondingly far more difficult to convince someone of possible alternative explanations, because you're challenging a fundamental part of their own identity.