What would x-rays bring to the story?
This sentence is so telling, it's almost beautiful.
The point here is a general issue, that supporters of "accidental" or "natural" theories also claim their positions are more reasonable, more rational... but their claim is absolutely not legit. These theories are not less speculative than others, they lack of realism, they are not better grounded, and far from better grounded. This arrogance is particularly annoying. You can invent any legendary snow cave, any skunk mermaid, any uphill avalanche, no problem, but please avoid to write your explanations as if you were the rationalists and if the case was not rotten to the core. You pretend to be rationalists? Then behave like rationalists. Follow René Descartes: "il est de la prudence de ne se fier jamais entièrement à ceux qui nous ont une fois trompés
" (Meditationes de Prima Philosophia
)... "it is prudent never to trust entirely those who have once deceived us"... Forensic expert Churkina wrote a disgraceful report and drew a ridiculously false sketch of the tent, prosecutor Tempalov asked the families of the victims what was their relation to "the accused
", prosecutor Ivanov dared to write "considering the absence of external injuries
" in his Resolution to close the case
, forensic physicist Vozrozhdenny was lazy to ask for x-rays, Urakov gave the prosecutors an "express order
" to close the case and to tell the parents "it was an accident
"... You speculate like the rest of us and pretend to be on the rationalist side, but you don't acknowledge that your premises are rotten. It is here a general issue. The first task of a rationalist would be to deal with the "express order
" given by higher authorities to close the case and to tell the families "it was an accident
" and with the lie of the prosecutor who wrote "given the absence of external injuries
", with Churkina's misleading sketch and doctored photo, and so on. First you deal with these problems and after, if you still feel the need, you speculate about the freeze causing fractures... So, was Dr Vozrozhdenny lazy to ask for x-rays, or was he forbidden by Ivanov or someone else to have the bodies x-rayed? Was there a reluctance to have the bodies x-rayed? The same kind of reluctance which made the Soviet authorities attempt not to bring the bodies to Sverdlovsk and burry them in Ivdel? Are these questions not rationalistic? Our "scientist" friend who likes infrasound and claims that everything he says "is based on 100% reality"... he does not have any measurement
of infrasound to show us. You claim to be rationalists? Show us clean measurements, clean radiographies, clean photos, clean testimonies, any clean and reliable material... nothing doctored nor tampered, and if you can't, then stop pretending that you
are the rationalists
. You're not, you imagine and speculate just like everybody else.
P.S.: And yes, indeed, if it's only about "story" telling, better not to have any x-rays of the hikers.