I chose the science/technology forum because this seems like the most logical place to vent, but I don't know if I'll get any more of a positive response here than on any of the other message boards of this forum... Why do so many people, even intelligent people, not understand the idea of skepticism? Why do so few bother to even look for evidence before they choose to believe something? Why is the scientific method - probably the greatest intangible invention in the history of mankind - so unpopular with people today? Why does credulity make slaves of so many people? What follows is a cross-section of threads I've seen on this forum over the past month. They were not posted as joke threads: 1. A thread accusing the United States of somehow "causing" the Asian earthquake and tsunamis (or at least having advanced knowledge of it) 2. A thread entitled "Astrology: Fact or Fiction" 3. A thread accusing John Kerry of deliberately throwing the presidential election to allow his Skull & Bones brother four more years. 4. A thread accusing the freemasons of associating with a 2,000-year-old human being and a race of reptilian men. 5. A thread predicting a nuclear disaster (or some form of terrorism) on December 27...with people defending the threadstarter's position both before and after December 27 came and went without incident. 6. A thread originally about the legitimate questions regarding the plausibility of extraterrestrial intelligence...hijacked by UFOlogists and conspiracy theorists. Can someone please explain this mindset to me? It just boggles my mind how people can try to defend these kinds of positions without the slightest bit of evidence. Any of the above positions can be found in any tabloid in the country, but no serious media source... *gah* I'm frustrated.