Monday, June 29, 2015

Stephen Bassett: No proof is necessary.

The comments on Stephen Bassett in the Hall of Shame of UFO watchdog are a MUST
read for brain-users.
This is so, because the rhetoric of the disclosure, which I think is a basic strategy of  the UFO-Conspiracy profiteers, is clearly demonstrated here: Good reading.

Critical Thinking in support of the UFO Psycho-social Hypothesis.

"Go back to the beginning, to the Kenneth Arnold sighting. The phenomenon described by Arnold was a group of boomerang-shaped objects that moved
like saucers skimming across a water surface. But the report was garbled in initial press reports, leading readers to believe that the alleged objects were saucer-shaped. Subsequent reports, amplified by cinema and television, spread the "saucer" or "disc" image of UFOs to people all over the world. And while many different shapes have been reported for UFOs over the years, the majority of reports have been of saucers or discs, a clear indication that witnesses are seeing what they expect to see, and reporting what others accept as the norm."
"There is also compelling evidence that the appearance of UFO occupants, as widely accepted among "contact" adherents, arose out of a particular episode of a television series. Barney Hill, who was allegedly abducted by beings from a UFO in the early 1960s (the initial case of this type), went into therapy and was hypnotized in the course of his treatment. Under hypnosis, Hill described the eyes of his abductors as "speaking." This peculiar phrase had been used by an extraterrestrial character in an episode of the ABC-TV series "The Outer Limits," which had aired only days before Hill's hypnosis session. The episode was "The Bellero Shield;" the alien portrayed was bald, essentially featureless in face and body, and had swept-back eyes, just as Hill sketched under hypnosis. Although other early reports of UFO occupants varied significantly from Hill's (probably inspired by other stereotypical alien images), his description is the one that has saturated popular culture via the media."
"In 1975, NBC-TV broadcast a dramatization of Hill's experience in a made- for-TV film called "The UFO Incident." Many millions of people watched this allegedly true story and learned what aliens are supposed to look like. A couple of years later, Steven Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" became one of the most popular motion pictures ever made, depicting beings similar to those in Hill's description. Public perception of the "standard model" alien was further influenced by the cover of the 1987 best- selling book "Communion," an allegedly true account of alien contact, which sported the expected image. Had Barney Hill's hypnosis session taken place earlier, or had the ABC network scheduled the "Bellero Shield" later, we would in all likelihood have a different "standard model" alien." READ MORE.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Richard Dolan and Pseudo-science.

Lucas Von Teufel

2:10 AM (4 minutes ago)
to me
Sci Fi Investigates, Finds Only Pseudoscience - CSI
Despite its breathless claims, the series provides little science and few answers but a lot of unintended skeptical laughs.
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Thursday, June 25, 2015



Based on the book THE DEMON HAUNTED WORLD by Carl Sagan
The following are suggested as tools for testing arguments and detecting fallacious or fraudulent arguments:
    • Wherever possible there must be independent confirmation of the facts
    • Encourage substantive debate on the evidence by knowledgeable proponents of all points of view.
    • Arguments from authority carry little weight (in science there are no "authorities").
    • Spin more than one hypothesis - don't simply run with the first idea that caught your fancy.
    • Try not to get overly attached to a hypothesis just because it's yours.
    • Quantify, wherever possible.
    • If there is a chain of argument every link in the chain must work.
    • "Occam's razor" - if there are two hypothesis that explain the data equally well choose the simpler.
    • Ask whether the hypothesis can, at least in principle, be falsified (shown to be false by some unambiguous test). In other words, it is testable? Can others duplicate the experiment and get the same result?
Additional issues are
    • Conduct control experiments - especially "double blind" experiments where the person taking measurements is not aware of the test and control subjects.
    • Check for confounding factors - separate the variables.
Common fallacies of logic and rhetoric
    • Ad hominem - attacking the arguer and not the argument.
    • Argument from "authority".
    • Argument from adverse consequences (putting pressure on the decision maker by pointing out dire consequences of an "unfavourable" decision).
    • Appeal to ignorance (absence of evidence is not evidence of absence).
    • Special pleading (typically referring to god's will).
    • Begging the question (assuming an answer in the way the question is phrased).
    • Observational selection (counting the hits and forgetting the misses).
    • Statistics of small numbers (such as drawing conclusions from inadequate sample sizes).
    • Misunderstanding the nature of statistics (President Eisenhower expressing astonishment and alarm on discovering that fully half of all Americans have below average intelligence!)
    • Inconsistency (e.g. military expenditures based on worst case scenarios but scientific projections on environmental dangers thriftily ignored because they are not "proved").
    • Non sequitur - "it does not follow" - the logic falls down.
    • Post hoc, ergo propter hoc - "it happened after so it was caused by" - confusion of cause and effect.
    • Meaningless question ("what happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object?).
    • Excluded middle - considering only the two extremes in a range of possibilities (making the "other side" look worse than it really is).
    • Short-term v. long-term - a subset of excluded middle ("why pursue fundamental science when we have so huge a budget deficit?").
    • Slippery slope - a subset of excluded middle - unwarranted extrapolation of the effects (give an inch and they will take a mile).
    • Confusion of correlation and causation.
    • Straw man - caricaturing (or stereotyping) a position to make it easier to attack..
    • Suppressed evidence or half-truths.
    • Weasel words - for example, use of euphemisms for war such as "police action" to get around limitations on Presidential powers. "An important art of politicians is to find new names for institutions which under old 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

"Contact in the Desert"...with whom???

Those who try to make a living selling UFO-CONSPIRACY mythology,  must do
miracles to keep the UFO ET Hypothesis alive.
Please consider the unfortunate shows like the (no) Roswell Slides Hoax and after that the "Contact in the Desert" question is this: CONTACT WITH WHOM?

Listen to this..."2015 conscious creation productions, inc presents contact in the desert..." 

the big show..."productions INC. Well well well...these "contacts" never work...there is only contact between the "believers" and the "experts" who want money from the "true believers".
See the "big" names here
Between you and me, too much people sharing the money of the tickets, and the "memorabilia". We should ask 2015 Conscious Creations Productions, INC. about the show and the money.
Honestly, I hope that the believers enjoyed the extravaganza.
If they payed for information, they get none. Just the usual dose of nonsense, lies, fictions, and fallacies.

"While there were several vendors at the Conference, most of them were selling crystals,  Bohemian style (aka Hippie) clothing, juice and natural cures. There was a great deal of jewelry, Alien fan art and symbolic items as well. This area was separate from another area near the retreat’s sanctuary which featured signing station for the panelists as well as their books for sale. "
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