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One Giant Hoax For Mankind

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul>
Date: Wed, 13 Nov 2002 15:38:53 -0500
Archived: Wed, 13 Nov 2002 15:38:53 -0500
Subject: One Giant Hoax For Mankind

Source: BBC News


Monday, 11 November, 2002, 15:21 GMT

One giant hoax for mankind

BBC News Online's science editor, Dr David Whitehouse, himself a
Moon author, explains why he thinks NASA should have gone ahead
with its controversial book idea on the lunar landings

Am I the only one who thinks the US space agency (NASA) has
missed a good opportunity in cancelling the book planned to give
a rebuttal of the Moon hoaxers?

You know the ones. The people who believe that the lunar
landings were faked in a military hangar somewhere.

NASA said the aim of the book was to provide a resource for
teachers to answer pupils' questions about the conspiracy

The agency said it pulled out of the publication because it felt
the publicity surrounding the book was distracting from its
intended purpose.

You can understand NASA's thinking. It does not want to see a
headline, "NASA proves it went to the Moon", as it implies the
agency has something to explain - which it does not.

But the sad fact is the belief the Moon landings were a hoax is
a growing one, and if it is ignored then those with
unsupportable ideas are left unchallenged and given free reign
to convince others.

NASA should have produced the book and said: "that's that. End
of discussion." Not that it would have made the conspiracy
theorists see sense.

Manufacture a conspiracy

What always puzzles me about conspiracy advocates is their lack
of critical thinking and how they parade their deficiencies as

It is as if the question is all important and the answer
irrelevant; as if the need to believe the conspiracy overwhelms
the evidence.

As for the evidence that the Moon landings were a hoax - there
is none. Or at least, none that stands up to anything more than
trivial investigation.

The fact is every single shred of so-called evidence put forward
by the Moon hoax theorists is either obviously stupid - a result
of their own ignorance of basic science - or has a
straightforward explanation.

But why believe a simple explanation when you can manufacture a

They are not alone

The Moon hoaxers are not the only ones. There are also the UFO
conspiracies, the flat-Earth conspiracies and those who actually
believe that crop circles are made by some non-human

So are they all true? Are there alien bodies held in a deep
freeze in Area 51 in the US? Does the US Government really have
a crashed UFO it picked up at Roswell in 1947? Are crop circles
made by aliens who, given their diverse descriptions, appear to
be having a convention on our small planet?

Also let us not forget the face on Mars, or those other strange
features in the Martian deserts which are artificial structures,
remnants of some ancient city now partially buried by drifting
Martian sand dunes.

Perhaps those who believe these crazy ideas think that the world
would be a more interesting place if the X-Files were true?
Perhaps they fervently believe they are on a righteous crusade
to uncover the "truth".

Laughing matter

The real truth is out there and it is a lot more interesting
than the conspiracy theorists realise. What they are doing is
imposing on the world their own suspicions of deceit, mass lies,
cover-ups and double dealings.

But they say: "Look at the past. History is full of people who
were laughed at by their contemporaries but who were later

What they fail to realise is that just because a few geniuses
were laughed at in the past does not mean that everyone who is
laughed at today is going to turn out to be a genius.

The next time you hear that we did not land on the Moon, the
correct response is to laugh.

[UFO UpDates thanks www.theanomalist.com for the lead]

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