Arguing with true believers of any particular creed, myth, or ideal requires monumental patience and mental fortitude. That, or impotent rage and a serious masochistic streak.
You could always just slam your head repeatedly into a wall, it might be less painful in the end.
I generally find it’s not even worth bothering with, these days. Either people converse with the understanding that the participants are willing to admit when they’re wrong and accept new information that might change their point of view, or you might as well just speak to inanimate objects. Personally, I prefer the latter.
And that’s why everyone thinks I’m crazy when I mutter to small stones I find on the sidewalk.
The Crystal Skull thing that seems to be so popular with lovers of the paranormal is one topic I’ve discussed before. As usual with anything remotely spiritual, there seems to be a massive disconnect between believers and legitimate research. There are a ton of absolutely batshit ideas out there from different people that all seem to coalesce around these things. Some people think they were created by aliens as a means of observing the human race. Some think they open up “portals” to “other worlds” or that they house spirits that are trying to communicate with the human race. There are even some that think these were created by ancient humans as some kind of repository for knowledge.
Amusingly enough, delving into the history of the skulls reveals, quite plainly, that most of the ideas put forth by the paranormal community were born out of a desire by one Mitchell Hedges and his adopted daughter, Anna, to sell what has become one of the most controversial crystal skulls. These two, by creating an air of mystery and mythology around their skull, hoped to capitalize on the interest in crystal skulls after the British Museum added one to their collection a few years prior. After her father’s death, Anna continued to try to sell the famous MH Skull but to no avail, despite constantly changing and embellishing the story of the object. During her life, she kept the skull out of the hands of researchers and scientists. After her death, her widower, the next owner of the famous Mitchell Hedges Skull (aka The Skull of Doom) finally allowed tests to be done. Scientists examining it showed the skull was, very likely, a forgery of the one that had been added to the British Museum in the late 1930′s and that it showed very obvious signs of being made by machine tools.
A great many more of these skulls were examined extensively and every test (at least, that I’ve heard of) has shown them to be crafted in the last 150 years at most.
That, of course, doesn’t stop some people from thinking along the lines of our friend in today’s comic! Some people will just see this as evidence of some advanced ability of ancient people or aliens rather than the obvious hoaxes that they are.
My question to those people (if I thought I could actually converse with them) would be, “Why were these ‘advanced techniques’ not used on other objects or structures by these cultures?” The reason we can say the marks on the skulls are more modern is because the wealth of evidence we’ve found from the past shows what kinds of tools they actually used! That’s how we make comparisons!
But, as I said, there’s just no winning some arguments.
Pardon me while I go bang my head against a wall.
Also in unrelated news, I AM TERRIBLE AT GETTING BACK ON SCHEDULE.
Also also, thanks to Liz for her help with that last panel.