It is a bit of a chimeric mystery how these guys whom often come across as possessing some level of intelligence and usually have a background of some kind of scientific or technical career in their distant past , [but are predominantly opinionated journalists] garner such a loyal following , even when promulgating the most unlikely and often ludicrous alternate scenarios for the reported event….but alas, thrive they do! [and no doubt make a decent living out of it as well!]
These are not to be confused with the ‘real Sceptics’ on the subject!….The guys who are for all intents and purposes here for the same reasons as any of us ETH proponents… And that is to try and get to the bottom of this great world-wide and historical mystery!…The difference being that ‘they have yet to have digested and evaluated any case or testimony that they personally consider as being strong enough for them to come to the remarkable conclusion that the ETH is probable‘…Which is an honourable and perfectly acceptable position to hold!…So long as they do not go the extra mile and publicly denounce the possibility. ..Which to my way of thinking transforms a ‘real sceptic’ into something else!…We often call these chaps ‘Debunkers’ which is really erroneous, because imho there are two different kinds of ‘Debunker’!… there are the ones that are adamant that there is always an alternative prosaic explanation for any given extraterrestrial event,…but when confronted with a case that contains seemingly insurmountable testimonial-evidence,..will defer judgement until “more information becomes available”. …And then there is the other kind of ‘Debunker’ [or ‘pelicanist’ as they should be named!] someone that would never be prepared to budge an inch from their stance of ‘there being no possibility at all of the ETH being factual’, and are perfectly happy to proffer ‘any old silly explanation’ to explain away even the strongest of anomalous situations!…And unfailingly deliver these ‘pearls of fatuity’ with a disrespectful condescendence and typically invokes the over used phrases of ’empirical evidence’ and ‘scientifically reviewed’ etc!…[you know the kind of characters that I mean!…yep the ones that usually manage to systematically contradict themselves]!
The Bottom line is: UFOs are real. You can decide to debate what ‘kind of real?’ they are, but you have to start at least from that basis. And there’s no ignoring the strangeness of them and copping out with simple mundanities , this is a serious complex mystery. These events are markedly strange. Furthermore, to assume some simplistic bonehead hand-wave-off of an “explanation” is intellectually crippled if not downright dishonest… and it is certainly insulting to the intelligence of everyone to insist that it is the more mundane explanation must be the correct answer no matter how ludicrous it sounds because the ETH has not been officially ratified by the majority of the scientific community ,..therefore .. are more unlikely to be the cause!.. this is a serious complex mystery that we are trying to study, and muddying the waters by mooting [and in some cases, insisting] absurd and implausible explanations for anomalous situations just because your ‘belief-system’ cannot accept the possibilities of the most reasonable explanation being the ETH, is both unhelpful and disingenuous,…and unless you can approach the subject with an open mind and accept that the most likely identity of an anomaly is the leading candidate…then for me you have no place in ufological studies!
When I found this particular site a few years ago, I was immediately impressed by the pretty complimentary even distribution of the various types of contributor…Woo woo’s , staunch advocates, believers, reserved believers, sceptics, and strongly sceptical , [well.. in even-ish proportions anyway].. presumably we are all here for the same reason, and that is to learn and assess to the very best of our abilities as to just what is the identity [or identities] of the culprits of as many of the absolute mountainous-proportions of UFO reports and cases are that we can manage, and to ameliorate our discernibility skills with regards to whether there could be any actual merit in the extraterrestrial hypothesis!.[or not]…Though the potential of that particular scenario being the likely explanation for any given case is relatively rare in comparison to the voluminous potential of a more prosaic [but sometimes just as surprising] explanation , not to mention the absolute reams of multifarious hoaxes…there are still a wealth of compelling candidates to be considered.
…..So why the foreboding attitude?…and why the serious-delving lethargy?…sure there’s plenty of hoaxes, misidentifications , dead ends and all manner of shitty-chicanery in this field,….but for heaven’s sakes don’t loose the sight that all of that crap is intermingled with nuggets of pure gold! :thumbs: