Shrinking the Big Tent
Here's an interesting post over at one of the 9-11 Denial websites, that I actually agree with:
Rather than growing the 9/11 Truth Movement, the Big Tent strategy promises to limit it by facilitating straw man attacks such as Popular Mechanics', and by discouraging the peer-review that the work of 9/11 skeptics desperately needs. Any investigation, to be taken seriously, must have a means of distinguishing between baseless and substantial claims. The progress of science is a result of the application of the scientific method, which subjects theories to a repeated process of observation, hypothesis, experiment, and revision, enforced by peer review. Theories not supported by or invalidated by observation are discarded. The 9/11 Truth Movement's Big Tent has functioned in a way that is antithetical to the process of science, as it does not admit any process for invalidating theories.
Of course, the writer wants his theories to be the ones that are accepted and pushed forward as "the Truth", but wants all that kookie stuff like no-planes to be sent into exile. Well, you can see the difficulty there, right? Everybody thinks their pet theory is the sensible one, even the no-planers.