Saturday, August 31, 2013
“On Sunday, June 18, 1967, Jacques Vallee tried to restore some order in the files and “found a letter which is especially remarkable because of the new light it throws on the key period of the Robertson Panel and of Report #14”. This was the report that was also at the core of Leon Davidson’s enquiries and which made him conclude that the US government was using UFOs as part of a psychological warfare exercise.” (link included below)
We learn this and much more reading Philip Coppens commentary in his Website UFOgate.
Following the secret documents we find out that CIA and other organizations produced faked UFO sightings and promoted the ETH, since the public interest in UFOs was a perfect cover-up for some other very secret and very human activities.
I do not believe in complex conspiracies and have no doubts about government’s detachment of the UFO mythology, but there is the possibility of a nice paradox here.
We can say that the UFO mythology is the cover-up employed and promoted by the government so that the real secrets remain undisclosed.
However is also possible that the powers-that-be want to make us believe that they are the producers of the UFO mythology, so that the real thing, the ET presence and contacts are kept secret. In this case the mask is the face.
If this is so, UFO promotion and manipulation serves the purpose of…keeping the ET secret.
We can follow back this chain of cover ups, without finding what covers what.
My advice: enjoy the regressive paradox but do not believe in it. Remain interested and detached and remember that…the show must go on..!
If you follow the ET visitors since Kenneth Arnold sightings in 1947, you will see that the whole thing is kitsch, and the essence of kitsch is imitation, trivia, pop art which offers instantaneous emotional gratification without intellectual effort. From the beginning, UFO=ET narrative imitates the cheapest pulp fiction.
In that sense appeals to the ignorance and not the intelligence. The classic ufological event; abductions, men in black, squirrels in Mars, follows the tabloid journalism style, the pseudo-science, the appeal to emotions.
Culture, taste and critical thinking are never to be found in exo-mythology. Even the flying saucers look like the lid of a garbage can.
If we analyze the ET messages given by the contactees, you will find that blend of romanticism, kitsch mysticism and tabloid advice.
If these messages show the intellectual level of the “cosmic civilization” that visits our planet, of course garbage can lids will crash, and the ETs will use primitive surgical instruments to explore the bodies of the presumed abductees.
Miss Flying Saucer.
In Dr. Michael Salla’s web page http://exopolitics.org/author/dr-michael-salla/page/2/ he writes about a squirrel in Mars.
“A photo of what looks like a squirrel or rat on Mars first released in September 2012 suddenly became a hot topic after Fox News covered the story on May 29. Fox was quickly followed by Discovery News, International Business Times and other major news outlets.”
The atmosphere of Mars consists of about 96% carbon dioxide, 1.93% argon and 1.89% nitrogen along with traces of oxygen, carbon dioxide, and water, consequently there cannot be a squirrel in Mars.
What we would like to know is what’s going on in Dr. Salla’s mind, because if Salla believes in the possibility of a squirrel in Mars, he needs a doctor as soon as possible.
Alternatively, if Dr. Michael Salla knows perfectly well that there are not squirrels in Mars, he is committing intellectual suicide or he is joking.
The big mystery is not in Mars but in Salla’s brain.
We wrote something before about the lizard that the exopolitician found in the red planet. Take a look, please.
The meme for blind faith secures its own perpetuation by the simple unconscious expedient of discouraging rational inquiry.
A man can believe a considerable deal of rubbish, and yet go about his daily work in a rational and cheerful manner.
The first Law of Logic establishes that “each thing is the same with itself and different from another”. This is represented by the formula A is A and NOT ~A. Each thing or entity has certain unique essential characteristics that give them the identity.
In logical discourse, violations of the Law of Identity (LOI) result in the informal logical fallacy known as equivocation. That is to say, we cannot use the same term in the same discourse while having it signify difference senses or meanings – even though the different meanings are conventionally prescribed to that term. In everyday language, violations of the LOI introduce ambiguity into the discourse, making it is difficult to form an interpretation at the desired level of specificity.
Obviously, an Unidentified Flying Object, UFO, cannot be also an extraterrestrial aircraft, since this double identity violates the Logical Law of Identity. LOI.
The Second Law of Logic, called Law of non-contradiction, establishes that “one cannot say of something that it is and that it is not in the same respect and at the same time." A is not = ~A.
A UFO cannot be also an Extraterrestrial Aircraft.
By the third Logical Law of the Excluded Middle, it is impossible that there should be anything between the two parts of a contradiction. A is not (A+~A) Consequently a UFO is not something between a UFO and an Extraterrestrial spacecraft. The “in between “is excluded.
After 67 years of ufological fantasies, the evidences supporting the ETH are not enough to classify UFO as alien spacecrafts. 95 % of UFO sightings are identified as natural phenomena and human artifacts. The other 5% remain as UFOs, nothing but UFOs.
Friday, August 30, 2013
Credo quia absurdum is a Latin phrase of uncertain origin. It means "I believe because it is absurd" It is derived from a poorly remembered or misquoted passage in Tertullian's De Carne Christi defending the tenets of orthodox Christianity in the original Latin:
Crucifixus est Dei Filius, non pudet, quia pudendum est;
et mortuus est Dei Filius, prorsus credibile est, quia ineptum est;
et sepultus resurrexit, certum est, quia impossibile.
— (De Carne Christi V, 4)
"The Son of God was crucified: there is no shame, because it is shameful.
And the Son of God died: it is wholly credible, because it is unsuitable.
And, buried, He rose again: it is certain, because impossible."
The importance of these ideas is paramount. The believer will deny logic, reason, evidence, critical thinking and science. On the contrary she/he will follow the biggest nonsense as infallible dogma.
He/she will burn the scientist in the spike and massacre the “infidels” in the name of absurdities.
That is in fact the danger of any fundamentalism. The true-believer doesn’t disagree with the “infidel”. He hates him/her. (About Ufology becoming Religion.)
On 14 June 1947, Roswell rancher Mac Brazel found a tangled clump of balsa wood, tinfoil, and some oddly decorated tape. Some military men from the nearby Army air field came by and picked it up, somehow mistaking it for a flying saucer. The Pentagon, realizing that it was a radar reflector from a nuclear weapons test detection system they'd been working on called Project Mogul, called it a weather balloon and stopped talking about it. The first wave of the UFO craze started about a week and a half later in Washington State. Roswell would remain forgotten until the late 1970s, when professionals of the UFO industry jumped to a lot of conclusions, and elevated it into a gigantic conspiracy theory.
Roswell (the incident) has long since become a major moneymaker for Roswell (the town), and has become a byword for UFO believers (as a great cover-up) and UFO skeptics (as a symbol of tenacious credulity).
What’s amazing here is that Aliens came to Earth from another galaxy or solar system, but then crashed and died. What? Are you telling us that an alien race invented an inter-galactic drive, but didn't invent seat belts?
All these crashes teach us a lot about the ET inefficiency. They crash a lot and if you watch again and again the flying saucers design, you will feel tired of the cheap tin.
Also, they practice abductions and use totally primitive medical instruments and procedures.
Presumably they are wasting time in our skies without any plan or agenda.
67 years trying to believe in the occupants of things that look like trash can lids.
In fact Santa sledge looks more elegant.
The absolute ignorance or fundamental logical principles invites me to write one of my Theater of the Absurd illustrations:
Burden of Proof fallacy
Jim: You know something? Dozens of pink flying elephants are seen in New York sky..!
Mark: Did you see these flying pink elephants?
Jim: no, but some friends of mine saw them.
Mark: Sorry but do you have some evidence about these pink flying elephants’ existence?
Jim: No, but do you have some evidence that pink flying elephants do not exist?
The burden of proof is obviously on the side of the one who says that something exist without giving any kind of reliable evidence.
Ad Hominem Fallacy
Mark: With all due respect, do you have clear, reliable evidence about those extraterrestrials visiting our planet and conspiring with the government?
Jim You Mark are a debunker that tries to misinform and disinform me..!
Mark But again, sorry about my curiosity but can you show me proofs of those alien visitors?
Jim: You are a psyop, an agent of darkness, a CIA and a fascist.
Mark: I think there is a mistake here; please…I just want to know more about those aliens…
Jim: A puppet of the illuminati and servant of the Dark Cabal is what you are…the Bilderbergs have enough money to pay you, dirty New World order operative..!
The AD HOMINEM fallacy is the easy answer of those who simply have no arguments. This fallacy is the fast self-protection of charlatans and true-believers.
Evidence we need
- Images taken by the aliens of their own planet.
- A sample of alien DNA (or the equivalent).
- Emission spectroscopy of the light emitted by the UFOs
- Exotic material never yet produced on Earth, perhaps as part of "UFO" wreckage.
- A mathematical proof which would be quite routine for the alien but which has not been solved by us on Earth at this time.
- Similarly, any technology or scientific theory - unification of quantum mechanics and relativity would be nice.
Evidence we got
- Blurry pictures of hubcaps captured mid-toss.
- Unsteady handheld video of some lights floating in the darkness which could well be the parking lot of a desert roadhouse a half-mile away.
- A black dot seen in two frames.
- Anecdotes and stories - but never photographic evidence - of closer encounters with spacecraft.
- Pictures created by a "how to make your own UFO" guide.
- Project Blue Book, cataloguing every UFO story anyone bugged the USAF with for eighteen years and listing why pretty much every one of those was conventionally explicable.
Conclusions on evidence
Now with the wide spread of cheap mobile phone cameras, high quality point & shoot cameras, as well as cheap, high definition handheld recorders an influx of much clearer and well-focused, UFO recordings are expected. The quality of UFO evidence ho0wever has not increased with the technological ability.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Forgetting the basics of rational, logical argumentation and thought is one of the tragedies of our world.
A couple of individuals who apparently wasted a lot of time reading pop culture about ETs, mysteries, pseudo-science, wrote that our friend Norio Hayakawa doesn't gives evidences included with the denial of the ETH mythology.
ETH believers would like to maintain that the presence of extraterrestrial civilizations in our planet, is somehow controversial in terms of the burden of proof. It is clear ET Aliens are /persons/entities that have been proposed to exist, therefore the burden of proof is on those who claim one exists.
Believers, however, are so sure of the existence of ET visitors that they claim that those who do not believe in their Aliens must somehow "prove" that ET do not exist.
This is one of the cheapest fallacies. It’s obvious that IF someone tells us that there are pink flying elephants in the skies of New York, he must proof his/her claims.
It is ridiculous to ask me evidences that pink flying elephants do not exist.
That is why logic established that the burden of proof. The British mathematician and philosopher Bertrand Russell gives the following sample of how this fallacy works:
"If I were to suggest that between the Earth and Mars there is a china teapot revolving about the sun in an elliptical orbit, nobody would be able to disprove my assertion provided I were careful to add that the teapot is too small to be revealed even by our most powerful telescopes.
But if I were to go on to say that, since my assertion cannot be disproved, it is an intolerable presumption on the part of human reason to doubt it, I should rightly be thought to be talking nonsense.
If, however, the existence of such a teapot were affirmed in ancient books, taught as the sacred truth every Sunday, and instilled into the minds of children at school, hesitation to believe in its existence would become a mark of eccentricity and entitle the doubter to the attentions of the psychiatrist in an enlightened age or of the Inquisitor in an earlier time."
Take a look at this comment posted in Facebook by Michael Daury. As you can see, for this man there are no decent people who think differently. There are the true believers and evil infidels with bad intentions.
“Michael Daury Robert much of what the de- bunkers would like us to think involves Myths. But as Archaeology progresses the Myth conception is being drowned to the real life FACT these books where exactly what was seen and written as history. Just like the home city of Zeus. At the foot of Mount Olympus, the archaeological site and museum of Dion offer exhibits on the mountain and the remains of major temples of Isis and other divinities. Like it or not. Slowly the facts come out and we will soon know all those of deception or just plain ignorance. It will be in most of our lifetimes.”
Ufology teaches us nothing about extraterrestrials but a lot about human nature. Those who ask for reliable evidences about the presumed presence of extraterrestrials in our world are just bad people, debunkers that “want us to believe…”etc.)
After the trivial attack, Michael talks about archeology that has nothing to do with the Aliens mythology. Then what remains is faith. The “truth” will be revealed: “Slowly-writes Michael- the facts come out and we will soon know all those of deception or just plain ignorance. It will be in most of our lifetimes.”
The believers wait, always wait. What remains after nonsense and pseudo-science is Faith.
The important thing in this is that confirms what we said about the last mutation of the ET mythology into religion.
This is an excellent article that shows us how the UFO extraterrestrial mythology was created by science fiction books, films and TV serials.
The commentary of Popular Mechanics follows step by step the invention of the alien visitors and the fiction’s impact in the popular culture
“UFO culture began in the late 40's, when a pilot's account of a midair encounter with mysterious aircraft triggered similar reports across the United States.(Kenneth Arnold sighting. 1947) Authors, movie producers and a few hack journalists were quick to respond. By the late 1950s, pop culture was completely preoccupied with aliens, and the clichés it created then have been repeated and reinvented ever since. Here are the books, TV shows and movies that helped create the mythology of UFOs in America. They aren't the best, or the worst, but the ones that made the most impact on the prevailing American superstition of our time.”
Science Fiction and pop culture created not only the different tipes of extraterrestrials but also the behavior of the “cosmic visitors”.
“The UFO Phenomenon, was a deft, kid-friendly synopsis of the more prominent myths. With relatively few sightings or abduction stories in the news, this is where a new generation learned of the insidious "men in black," the monstrous Greys the photos and eyewitness accounts of UFOs that the U.S. Air Force's Project Blue Book could never explain away.”
The media sensationalism did the rest. The meme was created becoming a more or less prosperous and spectacular industry that in my personal view not only was inoffensive for the authorities but in some cases even useful. The cover-up myth was in fact a protection for the UFO mythology since the absolute lack of evidences was justified by the new meme of the big conspiracy.
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Wednesday, August 28, 2013
What will we do with the extraterrestrials when the nothing happens syndrome (NHS) kills the ETH meme? Well truth is that some EXOmythologists give us ideas. David Icke is one of them. Since 1991 this man has devoted his life to informing the world that it's actually secretly controlled by evil shape-shifting lizard-people from the 4th dimension.
The nonsensense that feeds Icke’s rhetoric is monumental. Everything goes for this English gentleman. He tells us that all members of the media, the scientific community, the banking system, and the religions and militaries of the world's nations are mere foot-soldiers of the conspiracy controlled by the Illuminati and Freemasons, who are also puppets of the Babylonian Secret Society and the Lizards from the 4th Dimension.
Alex Jones, whom is called the nonsense factory, believes also that the ETs are not ETs, but fallen angels coming from extra-dimensional alternative worlds.
Like David Icke, Alex Jones prefers to wear hats made out of aluminum foil on a regular basis. They do this does this to protect their brilliant minds from the mind readers of the evil global inter-dimensional conspiracy.
Now, if you read carefully what the self proclaimed experts and exopoliticians write, you will find that these exo-mythologists suggest sometimes that some of the aliens come from other dimensions.
It’s perfectly possible that once the ET hypothesis collapses, we will have a mutant meme, and extraterrestrials will become inter-dimensional. Why? Simply because the show must go on..!
It's always interesting to see how people react to our comments that are of course open to everybody.
The ad hominem fallacy repeats again and again, why? Simply because the believers in the ETH do not have EVIDENCES at all of any extraterrestrial presence here or in any other part of the Universe.
As I wrote previously, this lack of evidences turns the UFO=ET believers into faith and not reason.
These adherents to the new UFO religion just hate the"infidels".
Someone. as an answer to Norio Hayakawa's favourable comments of my last post, wrote in fracebook what follows:
The ad hominem fallacy repeats again and again, why? Simply because the believers in the ETH do not have EVIDENCES at all of any extraterrestrial presence here or in any other part of the Universe.
As I wrote previously, this lack of evidences turns the UFO=ET believers into faith and not reason.
These adherents to the new UFO religion just hate the"infidels".
Someone. as an answer to Norio Hayakawa's favourable comments of my last post, wrote in fracebook what follows:
"Geo Golden I was just watching the video of one Physicist and investigator who stated that some UFO's are not from this dimension or world. But, not all. - I'm too old, and at this late date I don't have time or consideration for "debunkers", Tomas. Or, people posting disinformation. - What is really the issue, is the secret channeled funding for the Black Ops. that developed the gravity-shielding technologies, in this day and age of economic distress."
So in a few paragraphs I am a debunker, psyop and disinformer.
Here is my answer to totally unmotivated attack
First of all I do not ask for your time or consideration. The problem here is not to BELIEVE but to show EVIDENCES.
You can live in Alice's wonderland if you want, or in Disneyworld. That is your right.
Also is your right to do with your time and consideration what you want.
In REASON I trust.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
For the exo-mythologists there is one basic problem: Since there are no extraterrestrials and/or any ET presence evidence and the whole thing must be kept alive, new memes are added to the original ones.
I mentioned this in http://ufoculture.blogspot.com/2012/04/ufoet-galaxy-of-memes.html
However, these new ideas must keep their appeal. Fantasists know that the ETH, the extraterrestrial hypothesis presented as a fact must be interesting and promising to the believers.
That is why when a meme dies, like the “men in black” meme, the “experts” must find a new one.
The last creation was the ET abductions, originated in the Betty and Barney Hill incident. http://ufoculture.blogspot.com/2013/08/betty-barney-hill-and-et-abductions-meme.html
The abductions meme though, didn’t last for long. It remains in the side of the Exomythological rhetoric but agonizing.
Now, it’s time for the cover-up=disclosure meme to die and there are already some indications that the disclosure will be soon finished.
The myth of the giant conspiracy to keep the secret of the extraterrestrial presence can remain for some time, but the Exopoliticians and UFO-Paranormal experts will kill the disclosure fiction, simply because they know well that the whole coverup-disclosure meme cannot be active for much long.
Some researchers believe that the whole ETH will end, but I think that a small UFO sub-cultural group will survive, but with additional religious elements.
The cover-up will become permanent, the disclosure impossible and the extraterrestrials will become invisible and inaccessible like angels or gods.
Ed Komarek on Facebook.
Ed wrote: "Okay Tomas that's enough promoting of your site for now here. There are hundreds of UFO groups you can join and post to in order to get your message out."
Ok Ed, but remember that I am not selling things or books but letting people know what I think is true.
I truly believe that challenging pseudo-science and the new mythologies, I am doing my best
against the manipulation and exploitation of people's credulity.
Let us remember that credulity is defined as readiness or willingness to believe especially on slight or uncertain evidence.
I just show inconsistencies, contradictions, absurdities, total lack of evidences, irrationality, logical fallacies and superstition.
The last thing humans need is a new religion with its popes, priests, dogmas and lies. The problem is not that I am misinformed but, on the contrary that I know the whole ufological mythology fallacies and tricks perfectly well.
Once the “experts” are in the EGO trip or in the MONEY, the show must go on…
Those who believe in the presence of extraterrestrial civilizations in our planet, support the Extraterrestrial Hypothesis (ETH). Simply stated, the ETH says that there are real aliens visiting the Earth.
After 66 years since the Kenneth Arnold sightings of Unidentified Flying Objects in 1947, not a single reliable evidence of the supposed ET presence has been found. On the contrary, this lack of any evidence was the open door of a mass of contradictory nonsense, mysticism, pseudo-science and conspiracy theories.
From faked or self-deluded contactees to the handsome glowing Venusians of Adamsky, from the Billy Maier hoax to the multiple quasi-pathological imaginary situations, the ET HYPOTHESIS turned the UFO phenomenon into a circus with professional illusionists, clowns and fortune-tellers.
The real phenomenon is not the UFO, but the human capacity of delusion and self delusion.
Dr. Steven Novella, from the New England Skeptical Society, suggests as alternative to the ETH that he calls the psycho-cultural hypothesis.
The PCH sees the UFOs phenomenon and Ufological sub-culture as a complex phenomenon combining modern mythology, literary narrative, popular culture, and human psychology, which is after all the galaxy of memes as I wrote in this blog. We should also add the conspiracy theories and pseudo-science, including hoaxes.
UFO enthusiasts admit that the truth may not be out there after all
Monday, August 26, 2013
ED KOMAREK FACEBOOK COMMENT
(threatening ad hominem attack.)
Ed Komarek :
I agree Simon, if Thomas keeps hanging out here he may learn something. I don't have trouble with uninformed honest skeptics as long as the stay civil and don't make trouble here. The dishonest debunkers are another story.
I am always ready to LEARN something, and by the way, let us analyze the content of Komarek’s post in Facebook
Thomas (me) keeps hanging out there. Ed Komarek says that I may learn something. He tells us that I am an uninformed skeptic but must be honest and stay civil and don't make trouble here (in the Facebook.) However, If I am a dishonest bunker the story will be different.
I can imagine that Ed is threatening me? Posting links in Facebook to my blog is dishonest?
If someone in Facebook is against the freedom of expression, please let me know.
Sunday, August 25, 2013
For many of the exo-mythologists, fantasists, cranks, ufologists and paranormal researchers, the big problem has nothing to do with their invented realities but with the real, concrete, material world. Let me tell you why.
Some of these self proclaimed UFO & paranormal experts were before honest individuals, some of them even academics, that fell into the trap set by the other world, the alternative reality, the alien visitors, cosmic alchemy, you name it.
These individuals were originally attracted by all this weirdness, and even thought that it was something new in it. (They were totally wrong..!)
Probably they believed that it was possible to write and talk and teach all these amazing things and make some money with it, and so, they jumped into the UFO-ET, paranormal adventure.
First of all, the new UFO researchers found that the same old things were repeated again and again. In Ufology there was nothing new, so the production of new ideas was not a part time job but a full time one.
In addition, it was evident that to live in both, the real world and the mythological one, was impossible. His/her ex-colleagues didn't
Precisely in this moment is when some neo-mythologists try to step back and remain lucid and rational. It is however too late. To continue in the Ufological-Paranormal market, the “expert” commits intellectual suicide and becomes an adult, perhaps even a professional that makes a living talking nonsense and selling fiction as fact.
The alleged alien abduction of Betty and Barney Hill; occurred in 1961, although, the Hills did not begin giving details of their captors until they began undergoing hypnosis in 1963.
Betty and Barney Hills: Dr. Simon's conclusions
After extensive hypnosis sessions, Dr. Simon concluded that Barney's recall of the UFO encounter was a fantasy inspired by Betty's dreams. Though Simon admitted this hypothesis did not explain every aspect of the experience, he thought it was the most plausible and consistent explanation. Barney rejected this idea, noting that while their memories were in some regards interlocking, there were also portions of both their narratives that were unique to each. Barney was now ready to accept that they had been abducted by the occupants of a UFO, though he never embraced it as fully as Betty did.
Though the Hills and Simon disagreed about the nature of the case, they all concurred that the hypnosis sessions were effective: the Hills were no longer tormented by anxiety about the UFO encounter.
Afterwards, Simon wrote an article about the Hills for the journal Psychiatric Opinion, explaining his conclusions that the case was a singular psychological aberration.
Influential TV show
Investigator Brian Dunning reports that the hypnosis sessions occurred over two years after the reported abductions, plenty of time for the couple to discuss their encounter. In a 2008 article, Dunning calls their story "merely an inventive tale from the mind of a lifelong UFO fanatic... [and] is unsupported by any useful evidence, and is perfectly consistent with the purely natural explanation."
Dunning's statements, however, are not supported by factual information. Betty was not a lifelong UFO enthusiast. According to Barney's 1961 letter to Major Donald Keyhoe and early investigative reports, she had not read even one book about UFOs prior to her close encounter on September 19, 1961; nor had he.
An alien (played by actor John Hoyt) was depicted on TV twelve days prior to the making of Hill's 'Grey' hypnosis tape
In his 1990 article Entirely Unpredisposed, Martin Kottmeyer suggested that Barney's memories revealed under hypnosis might have been influenced by an episode of the science fiction television show
The Outer Limits titled "The Bellero Shield", which was broadcast about two weeks before Barney's first hypnotic session. The episode featured an extraterrestrial with large eyes who says, "In all the universes, in all the unities beyond the universes, all who have eyes have eyes that speak." The report from the regression featured a scenario that was in some respects similar to the television show. In part, Kottmeyer wrote:
"Wraparound eyes are an extreme rarity in science fiction films. I know of only one instance. They appeared on the alien of an episode of an old TV series The Outer Limits entitled "The Bellero Shield". A person familiar with Barney's sketch in "The Interrupted Journey" and the sketch done in collaboration with the artist David Baker will find a "frisson" of "déjà vu" creeping up his spine when seeing this episode. The resemblance is much abetted by an absence of ears, hair, and nose on both aliens. Could it be by chance? Consider this: Barney first described and drew the wraparound eyes during the hypnosis session dated 22 February 1964. "The Bellero Shield" was first broadcast on "10 February 1964. Only twelve days separate the two instances. If the identification is admitted, the commonness of wraparound eyes in the abduction literature originates in human culture."
Saturday, August 24, 2013
FACT and FICTION.
Communicators are free to choose between fact and fiction, but there must be a clear line between both.
If the writer or lecturer presents his production as information, she/he is compromised to follow some fundamental rules.
Do not add. This means that writers of nonfiction should not add to a report something that did not happen. To make news clear and comprehensible, it is often necessary to subtract or condense. Done without care or responsibility, even such subtraction can distort. We cross a more definite line into fiction when we fabricate or add facts or images or sounds that were not there.
Do not deceive. This means that journalists and researchers should never mislead the public in reproducing events. The implied contract of all nonfiction is binding: The way it is represented is, to the best of our knowledge, the way it happened. Anything that intentionally or unintentionally fools the audience violates that compromise to tell the truth.
One of the usual forms of deception is the deliberate confusion between opinion and factual information.
Disguise personal opinions as facts is frequent in theories based on beliefs that are presented as objective truth.
Also, mythologies that compete with rational though and scientific methodology are presented as an alternative knowledge that doesn’t require evidences.
This absence of reliable evidences is justified by conspiracy theories that imply the existence of an international cover-up. Given that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, as Carl Sagan said, in this case extraordinary claims demand extraordinary conspiracies.
Of course, the existence of such conspiracy is “ validated” by anonymous or discredited sources. This denies any credibility to the conspiracy theorist.
If several extraterrestrial civilizations are in our planet and in contact with the authorities, to keep the secret requires a universal conspiracy. But the biggest cover-ups multiply the risk of leaks. A secret shared by thousands becomes impossible to remain undisclosed.
Needless is to say that NOBODY believes in such conspiracy, not even those who invented it.
Watching the exopolitical spectrum, (if there is such thing) we could predict that this meme was going to fail, simply because Exopolitics is possible only if the imaginary extraterrestrials are a real presence.
We must recognize that politics is a very complex activity in our real world. If this is so, just imagine how complex would be to practice politics with nonexistent entities; so, when the Exopolitics Meme was created, some individuals thought that the whole thing was a joke.
Exopolitics is a fancy term for "extraterrestrial politics" (the Greek prefix "exo-" means "outside" or "external - compare exoplanet). As no extraterrestrial life has been discovered yet, let alone extraterrestrial life capable of politics, this is the domain of cranks and some other really weird individuals.
The term has been used to denote two slightly different things - the alleged dealings of aliens with Earth politicians and the science fiction-like tales of alien wars and alliances.
But you’ll be surprised if you follow this link:
Here you will find thousands of articles concerning Exopolitics and learn about the behavior of the ETs and their sacrifice for our well being and also, if you like better the idea of evil invaders, will read about aliens’ cruelty and abductions. But basically, after seeing what is written there, the question is this: do these individuals believe in such nonsense?
Exopoliticians inform us know how the Universe is organized and what the Galactic Councils “are”.
Some of their writings just tell you how nice and sweet are the cosmic brothers, while others wisely teach humans how to protect themselves against those manipulative and abusive ETs.
Exopoliticians do not waste time with evidences and facts, of course. They have nothing to do with the real world.
We should always remember what Ian Ridpath said: By studying UFOs we learn not about extraterrestrial life or interstellar travel but about human nature.
Dear fellows let me tell you that I would like to share with you some ideas and even doubts.
Andrew Basiago, the Lawyer, proclaims that he not only found life in Mars but also visited the red planet several times and even met with President Barack Obama when both were kids working for the CIA time-space jump program.
The time-jumper who knows more about Mars than the whole NASA, travelled in time and was in Gettysburg in 1863, listening the famous Abraham Lincoln’s discourse.
Basiago, called just Andy by his friends, brought a picture that shows him there, in Gettysburg, in 1863. (Pic.included below.)
Now, I did some research and learned that Photography is the art, science and practice of creating durable images by recording light or other electromagnetic radiation, either chemically by means of a light-sensitive material such as photographic film, or electronically by means of an image sensor. Typically, a lens is used to focus the light reflected or emitted from objects into a real image on the light-sensitive surface inside a camera during a timed exposure. The result in an electronic image sensor is an electrical charge at each pixel, which is electronically processed and stored in a digital image file for subsequent display or processing. A photographic emulsion is an invisible latent image, which is later chemically developed into a visible image, either negative or positive depending on the purpose of the photographic material and the method of processing. A negative image on film is traditionally used to photographically create a positive image on a paper base, known as a print, either by using an enlarger or by contact printing.
This learning however, brought some conflicting ideas to my mind. Let me try to explain these doubts.
The camera which took Basiago’s picture in 1863 was “recording light …from an object,” so; Basiago was there in corpus, right?
However, Andy was born more than a hundred years after the Gettisburg event, so the camera is recording the image of an object that doesn’t exist…yet.
This of course is impossible, but Andy Basiago assures us that CIA time-jumps were effective and even easy, so he was sent back in time to Gettysburg, and the Camera took the picture of someone that both exist and also doesn’t exist.
I recognize that this blows up the second Law of Logic that says that something cannot be existent and also non-existent.
In addition, it seems obvious, following the lineal sequence of events, that Basiago was not there and was there, but there is more, because the camera also recorded other people in Gettysburg, and all of them are already dead, so the people in Gettysburgh in 1963, including President Abraham Lincoln, exist and do not exist in some kind of semi-existent limbo that floats in the space-time.
You, my dear friend, will recognize that this contradictory situation creates some unsolvable or at least unsolved mysteries.
My conclusion is that if it is true that Basiago was and was not in Gettysburg in 1863, neither of us can be sure about our own existence=inexistence.
Each age seems to change or rewrite some essential myths. In the present age, which is also the virtual reality age, one of the more widespread legends concerns UFO, unidentified flying objects or flying saucers.
Ever since pilot Kenneth Arnold reported seeing strange objects flying over the state of Washington in 1947, rumors and reports of spacecraft piloted by extraterrestrial beings have surfaced in the media.
By the late 1990s, the UFO myth had grown into an elaborate set of stories about various kinds of aliens, some of which kidnap humans. UFO stories bear striking similarities to earlier myths, such as kidnappings by fairies and mysterious appearances of ghosts or demons.
Of course, in this “society of the spectacle” the myth becomes a commodity that can be sold and bought in the form of books, videos, movies and courses. We find the professionals of the extraterrestrial visitors’ mythology; priests of the new religion promising to the believers the revelation of the ufological mysteries and sacraments.
Ironically, the lack of reliable evidence to support UFO claims reinforces the mythology, as the self- proclaimed experts maintain that the absence of evidence points to a government conspiracy or cover-up.
Conspiracies—secret forces that shape events and conceal the truth from the public—appear in a number of modern myths, reflecting a failure of trust in previous legends and the old belief in concealed and powerful cabals and shadow organizations that control and manipulate the information and forbidden knowledge.
En the UFO=ET mythology, the imaginary alien civilizations multiply and some of these are “good” and angelic, while others are “evil” or daemonic.
Of course this Manichaeism is the new version of the traditional fight between God and the Devil; the same opposition presented in a new form for the modern consumer.
Again, since the presumed aliens are never present, the professional exo-mythologists sooner or later must produce a new theology with its mysteries and sacraments.
The “contactees” are now the prophets who write the new sacred books.
The presence of the extraterrestrials is the new promise, and the disclosure will bring the “kingdom of heavens” to Earth in what looks as a new version of the Christian mythology.
In the new mythology the fight between the “true faith” and heresy is evident in the mutual accusations of those who have different interpretations of the UFO=ET dogma. It’s difficult to predict who will be the winners, the representatives of the ‘true faith” and the losers or heretics.
Friday, August 23, 2013
In this two-hour special, paranormal investigators Richard Dolan, Katrina Weidman, John McGarry, Chris Holt, and Becky Weingrad explore the terrifying factual stories that served as the basis for some of the scariest horror movies of all time. The team is also joined
by renowned psychic Chip Coffey and paranormal researcher John Zaffis, who lend their expertise in analyzing the accounts.
Through exclusive eyewitness interviews and reenactments of actual events, the team will
uncover even more unbelievable tales, including gripping evidence of the paranormal
activity that inspired The Haunting in Connecticut, the eyewitness reports of a winged
creature that led to The Blair Witch Project, the terrifying UFO abduction claim behind Fire
in the Sky, and the series of mysterious deaths that inspired the chilling classic A Nightmare
on Elm Street. The movies may be fiction, but the fear is very real!
The future of Ufology?This must be the world after "disclosure"
Thursday, August 22, 2013
"Everywhere, by Stealth"
by Richard Dolan
by Richard Dolan
“Every day, spectacular events occur in the skies, in space, in the oceans, and on the ground. Astonished witnesses around the world see them. For many, the shock of something so extraordinary, so inexplicable, is a consciousness-shattering experience, never forgotten. Yet few of them tell anyone at all of what they saw, save perhaps a close friend or family member.”
“The things they see are of some variety, but which often fall within one of several categories. Here is a report that is typical. It describes an event that occurred in Hydes, Maryland, on May 15, 1976, but wasn't reported until twenty-three years later to the National UFO Reporting Center, on the World Wide Web. The witness who wrote about this was with five other people, all adults and professionals, lying on the front lawn of a farm after dinner at about 7 p.m. To their great surprise, they saw an enormous, round craft approach slowly from the horizon, perhaps at 30 or 40 miles per hour. It slowly rotated in counter-clockwise direction; white lights were visible on the outer edges. The witness estimated the object's diameter to be 1,000 feet, although it was hard to notice details, due to the sunlight at the time of day. When the object appeared over them, it stopped and split into four smaller, wedgent”d shaped craft. Then, in the "blink of an eye," the objects zoomed away to the North, South, East, and West. There was never a sound during the sighting. "To this day," writes the witness, "we have never spoken about this to anyone, not even ourselves."
About R.Dolan’s article.
"The UFO Evidence: Burdens of Proof"
by Jim Giglio and Scott Snell
by Jim Giglio and Scott Snell
Examine the sighting report that Richard Dolan (Commentary 1) regards as typical and informative. The report was submitted to the National UFO Reporting Center in 1999 and refers to an event that allegedly occurred in 1976 near Hydes, Maryland:
it was dusk that day. we saw this round craft come out of the northeast over the horizon. it was slowly rotating counter clockwise. white lights only, were on the outer edges. it moved slowly, maybe 30 to 40 miles per hour. it came directly over us. we were on a horse farm, laying on the front lawn just after dinner. this craft was just below the sunlight that was left in the sky. we could not see any details. when it came over us, it stopped. then separated into four smaller craft. then at the blink of an eye, they shot over the horizon. each ship went directly north, south, east and west respectively. there was absolutely no sound from this craft. we learned the next day that there were sightings over peachbottom atomic plant that day. the same direction that our craft came from. to this day, we have never spoken about this to anyone, not even between ourselves. there were 6 of us. two music teachers, a medical lab tech, a texas instruments tech, police officer, a kindergarten teacher.
As scientific evidence, this statement has numerous "red flags" hanging all over it. The writer, supposedly a professional, seems not to want to bother with the standard capitalization rules for English sentences. The statement is only semi-coherent, with sentences describing various aspects of the incident tumbling over each other in a rush; with 23 years to think about the incident, it ought to have been possible to organize the description into a coherent narrative. (S)he reports that no details of the object could be seen, yet states that it was 1000 feet in diameter and traveling 30 or 40 miles per hour. How these size and speed determinations were made is unspecified, nor is there an explanation for an inability to resolve details when it was possible to determine size and speed. Accepting the size and speed estimates leads to another problem. Hydes, Maryland is located near a number of heavily-traveled highways and air transportation corridors. Near-by observers should have numbered in the thousands and generated numerous newspaper headlines; we are referred, instead, to some alleged sightings at a nuclear power plant located a considerable distance away.
Mr. Dolan informs us that this kind of report is typical. He's quite right; it is typical, but as scientific evidence it's worthless. Individuals and organizations adhering to the notion of ET visitation accumulate reports like this by the thousands and periodically present them to the public to support their position. There's a logical fallacy at work in this constant piling-up of reports, the fallacy that large amounts of bad evidence somehow add up to good evidence. They don't. You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear, nor can you make one out of 10,000 sow's ears. The Colorado investigators were right; despite their volume, reports such as this, which had contributed nothing to science as of 1968, have yet to contribute anything in the intervening 33 years.
The fact that Mr. Dolen gives credence to this flawed statement illustrates an aspect of the UFO issue that ought to trouble proponents of the notion that this issue is a serious scientific problem. We refer to an apparent unwillingness, on the part of far too many of these proponents, to apply even a modicum of critical thinking to such reports.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
The UFO debate
Robert Sheaffer &
1) More than 90% of all sightings of “unidentified flying objects” are sightings of lights in the night sky.
2) Trained investigators can easily identify up to 95% of all sighted flying saucers as conventional objects.
3) Where identification is not possible, it is invariably due to lack of information, not to information that cannot be “explained” conventionally.
4) Sources of nocturnal lights which have given rise to such sightings include: planets (especially Mars and Venus) and bright stars (30% of all cases); advertising planes (20% of all cases); commercial and military aircraft (18%); bright meteors, meteor fireballs, and satellite re-entries (10%). Daylight reports of flying saucers are much rarer; they are almost always due to aircraft or weather balloons.
5) There have been several official and unofficial scientific studies of flying saucer reports, including a symposium sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science in December 1969. All such studies have come to the same fairly obvious conclusion: there is not a shred, not the tiniest fragment, of hard physical evidence that the planet earth has ever been visited by a vehicle or other spacecraft manufactured on another world or piloted by creatures from another world.
6) Claims that real evidence does exist, but is kept top secret, cannot be taken seriously. How can anyone seriously believe that any government agency and the whole scientific establishment could have successfully kept such a secret for 64 years— through twelve different presidential administrations?
Science! vs. Pseudoscience!
SCIENCE: The literature is written for scientists. There is peer review, and there are rigorous standards for honesty and accuracy.
PSEUDOSCIENCE: The literature is aimed at the general public. There is no review, no standards, no pre-publication verification, no demand for accuracy and precision.
SCIENCE: Reproducible, reliable results are demanded; experiments must be precisely described so that they can be duplicated exactly or improved upon in sensitivity and volume of cases or events.
PSEUDOSCIENCE: Results cannot be reproduced or verified. Studies, if any, are always so vaguely described that one can't figure out just what was actually done or how it was done.
SCIENCE: Failures are searched for and studied closely, since incorrect theories can often make correct predictions by accident but no correct theory will make incorrect predictions.
PSEUDOSCIENCE: Failures are ignored, excused, hidden, lied about, discounted, explained away, rationalized, forgotten, and avoided at all costs.
SCIENCE: As time goes on, more and more is learned about the physical processes under study.
PSEUDOSCIENCE: No actual physical phenomena or processes are ever found, noticed or studied. No progress is made; nothing concrete is learned.
SCIENCE: Individual defects, idiosyncrasies and blunders of investigators average out— do not affect the real “signal” under study.
PSEUDOSCIENCE: Individual defects, idiosyncrasies and blunders of investigators provide the only "signals" ever seen— the average is zero.
SCIENCE: Convinces by appeal to the evidence, by arguments based upon logical and/or mathematical reasoning, by making the best case the data permit. When new evidence contradicts old ideas, they are abandoned.
PSEUDOSCIENCE: Convinces by appeal to faith and belief. Pseudoscience in almost every case has a very strong quasi-religious element: it tries to convert, not to convince. You are to believe in spite of the facts, not because of them. The original idea is never abandoned, whatever the evidence.
SCIENCE: There are no conflicts of interest; the scientist has no personal financial stake in any specific outcome of his studies.
PSEUDOSCIENCE: Everything in pseudoscience seems to generate something for sale; look for courses in how to remember past lives, on galactic diplomacy (sic.) Books about extraterrestrials and cover-up, and teaching how to hunt for ghosts, how to become a prophet, how to... you name it, you got it... but pay up first.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Two years and 3 months ago, Richard Dolan, professor of Ufology in the Metaphysical Online University, told Alfred Webre that authentic and genuine UFO and extraterrestrial disclosure will occur in approximately 5 years from 2011.
We can learn a few things through this: UFO Digest has excellent memory.
Perhaps if Richard Dolan, who is also ghost hunter, author, paranormal investigator and showman, enjoys the same good memory may feel a little nervous because we are approaching 2014.
Richard Dolan went into details but was wise enough to remain ambiguous:
“I think disclosure will happen, but it will be forced.” Asked if there is any reason to believe that ET disclosure will happen in our lifetime, Mr. Dolan states that ET disclosure is a paradox. The human controllers that possess the “secret” of the ET presence have no real motivation to disclose it and may well decide to continue with their practice of continuing to conceal the ET presence.
The ETs also have a low-key presence, Mr. Dolan states in his interview, in terms of the artifacts and contacts that they leave with humanity such as ET contactees and abductees. The ETs have no made any official public announcement of their presence and have been operating by stealth as well as the human controllers.
Of course, Richard was doing marketing, selling his book A.D. After Disclosure: The People’s Guide to Life After Contact.
Yes, you are curious about Richard Dolan’s sources? Let’s see what UFOwatchdog says about Richard Dolan “sources”:
“Dolan appears to take all evidence at face value. He will quote Morris K. Jessup on an equal basis with Jacques Vallee. He will talk of Gray Barker on the same level as J. Allen Hynek. He puts Philip Corso at the same level as Jerome Clark. In other words, he does not seem to discriminate between sources. He considers them all valid. Rather than sifting through vast amounts of disinformation for the Truth, it’s more like he’s amassing a mound of evidence without regard to its veracity or corroboration. He doesn’t even allude to the possibility that there might be some problems with some of this evidence. The clowns are thrown in with the professors.”
Now, you are a rational, intelligent and informed individual, so you know well that EXOMYTHOLOGISTS have one thing in common: they are always wrong.
In time, Richard will tell us why he was wrong, or he will be doing something different.
Remember our motto: The show must go on..!
CARL SAGAN'S BALONEY DETECTION KIT
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 names have become odious to the public"
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