Jarrah White vs Phil Plait Jun 12, 2011 15:28:15 GMT -4
Post by lukepemberton on Jun 12, 2011 15:28:15 GMT -4
I'm quite ambivalent about him now. I have been one of his staunchest critics, but I am beginning to think like others here, and that is we talk about him too much.
On one hand I think he deserves a stiff ignoring. The biggest backside handing he got was at the IMDb when he tangled with Jay and a few others. He ran from that argument after he showed he had no clue about astrophysics and radiation, and was never seen there again. He showed he was an intellectual coward at that point. I actually urge him to carry on with his work. Each time he opens his mouth, he shows the hoax theory to be more and more absurd. Long may his idiot arguments reign. As long as he does, normal thinking people will see the idiocy as he stumbles and bumbles his way through simple science and mathematics. In fact, I think the hoax theory has been longing for someone like JW to take hold of it. Kaysing and Rene were battle hardened, and held themselves well. In fact, that was part of their attraction, they sounded convincing when put in front of a camera or microphone. JW opens his mouth and I cannot stop laughing at the 'stupid' that falls out of it.
Then I think it is time he was taken on and given the attention he seeks. However, that attention would be on the pretext that he writes up his work and settled the dispute once and for all. He understands the challenge that is on the table, and that is for him to have his ideas and work reviewed by experts in their field. He's spent a lot of time making his videos, now it is time he wrote up his 'research' like every other 'researcher' and have it scrutinised viva voce. Either he does that, or he puts up and shuts up. If he believes his truth, then he'll come here and negotiate terms with those that have made the offer to review his work. Anything less is cowardice. For all the noise he makes, he certainly does not make much when it comes to actually defending his 'research.'
The difficulty I have with JW now is that I feel sorry for him. I believe that this is not about Apollo for JW, it's about making up for the emotional needs that have been absent in his life. His videos provide him with a way of being popular and having a sense of belonging. Let's face it, what normal person would declare themselves the 'Grandson' of a conspiracy theory.
Produce anything that contradicts his position, and he'll produce a 200 hour video series so that he can receive praise from his Internet base. He feeds off it now. It is about JW, not Apollo. I hope he can find peace within himself and rid himself of the burden around his neck. I believe he started with good intention, but now he has heard the arguments, he has no way back. It is a case of keeping up appearances now that he has dug himself in deep. That must be a terrible weight to have to carry.
On another note, I went into a school last week, and through the day spoke to 200 primary school children about the Apollo moon landings. I showed the models of the CSM, LM and Saturn V, and I showed them the LRO photos, talked about the hammer-feather experiment. They were transfixed. I urge people to educate and stop battling the idiots.