My latest post at Mysterious Universe on why belief is the bane of Forteana.
As I note at the start of the article:
"Just a few days ago, I was chatting with a colleague in the field of Cryptozoology about what the creatures of Loch Ness, Scotland really are – presuming they do exist, of course! I found it pretty enlightening that he got quite defensive over my remark that maybe the beasts are not still-surviving plesiosaurs - as so many, including pretty much the entire Scottish tourist industry, want or hope them to be. When I suggested the possibility of giant-eels roaming the deep waters of the old loch, a distinctly frosty atmosphere developed. Why? I’ll tell you why: because I had dared to question his carefully developed and nurtured belief system."
As I point out in the MU post, there's nothing wrong with believing in something. But it's when people make the leap that belief equals evidence that they cross the line...