Supposedly serious scientists and other researchers routinely dismiss statements simply because they would rather not believe them. Everybody knows that there are hundreds--maybe even thousands--of people living who claim to be Napoleon or George Washington.
Researchers don't believe it, of course, because it doesn't fit into their neat cozy world, a world where everything must be simple and understandable. This type of narrow-minded thinking is holding back serious research and much progress for mankind. Only when we take claims like this--serious claims--can we begin to understand the wonderful mysteries of our world.
What makes the problem even more severe is that researchers dismiss these types of claims without any proof that they are false. What has science come to when scientists disbelieve something without proof? Must scientists accuse somebody of fraud without proving it first?