posted on Mar, 23 2014 @ 10:20 PM
The role of the skeptic is actually very diverse depending upon the level of skepticism the skeptic has.
If we were to put it on a line graph, on one end, you have your "Believers", who not only believe in UFOs, but firmly believe that every UFO MUST BE
ALIEN LIFE, who will accept every single photo, every single video, every single story (from simple eyewitness account of something in the sky to full
blown abductions). They will not accept any alternate theories as to what a UFO might be, or that people would even create a hoax to gain attention,
That's one far end of the line.
On the other far end of the line, you have the Deniers. They are the people that say there are no such things as UFOs. Period. Every sighting must
have a rational explanation that must be mundane and terrestrial in origin. That there is no alien contact at all.
That is the other far end of the line.
In between is where you skeptics are, and they are not right in the middle either, but rather have many varying degrees of that skepticism.
Being a skeptic does not mean you're closed minded. Far from it. The only ones that are closed minded are both the absolute believers and absolute
deniers. For in their world, it must be all or nothing.
A skeptic asks questions. A skeptic seeks answers. A skeptic listens to all those answers. A skeptic looks for evidence.
A skeptic is a person that keeps certain things in mind: There have been people who have created hoaxes. There have been incidents which really did
have a natural explanation that was not a stretch. There have been incidents that defy ALL reasonable explanations.
A skeptic is one who keeps an open mind that something could be true.......and at the same time, could be completely false.
Here is another thought exercise:
Three people are standing in a field: A "Believer", A "Denier", and A "Skeptic"
An object appears in the sky, does all sorts of maneuvers that defy physics, then lands in front of the three people.
A hatch opens up and a figure wearing a suit with a helmet steps out......and lifts it's face visor.
The "Believer" will be swooning with the "I Told You So!" all over the place. If the face in the visor is alien looking, it will be doubly so. If
the face in the visor is human looking, the "Believer" will still be convinced it's an alien, or a human/Alien hybrid, or a human that was trained
by aliens.........even if on the side of the craft is the letters USAF (United States Air Force).
The "Denier" will insist that what they are seeing is a government secret air craft....or that all three must have been drugged and are experiencing
a hallucination. If the face is alien looking, they will insist it's a mask, and that this must be a hoax, a trick of some kind. No way that this can
The "Skeptic" will take it all in.....and will quickly be asking for a camera to take pictures, looking at the craft wondering if it's alien or
super government secret. Looking at the figure, if they see a human, they'll lean towards Secret Government air craft....and want to get the person
they see talking. If it's alien looking face, they will certainly be demanding a camera, and now leaning to think that this is extraterrestrial in
However, the "Skeptic" will also be wondering in the back of their mind if their food was drugged and if this event is real.....or something they
are imagining. They'll also wonder if this is some sort of elaborate hoax
That's because: Skeptics question everything.
I'm a skeptic. I know there are events out there that defy any explanation. I also know that there are a LOT more events that have a perfectly good
explanation, and none of them involve aliens. Many of them involve people with RC helicopters with LEDs.....or having a good time using After Effects
to add that special something to a video....because they know there are plenty that will eat it up and swallow it whole.
I'm not one of those people. The first thing I do however, is not discount it and throw it out. I'm not a "Denier".
No, instead the first thing I do is start seeing if there is a reasonable explanation. I go down a list and start checking things off it they don't
fit. If I find something that fits, I pursue that and see if it holds up as the explanation. If it does not hold up, then it might be wrong.
When I get to the end of the list, if nothing fit, then by process of elimination, what I'm looking at is UNIDENTIFIED.
Being UNIDENTIFIED, and seems to be flying, that would make it a UFO then. No argument there.
That means it MUST be aliens, right?
Wrong. I'm a skeptic, remember? Question everything. It means it's UNIDENTIFIED. We do not know WHAT it is. Sure, could be aliens........or it could
be some black ops craft that is super ultra secret (but is being flown around in public....uhm.....)... or it could be several other things. We just
don't know, hence the usage of the word UNIDENTIFIED.
This is normally when someone jumps up and says "You don't believe in alien life then!"
Oh yes I do. Universe is way to big to have just us in it, in my humble opinion.
Even if a UFO landed, an alien stepped out and waved to the world, and was on CNN.....as a skeptic, my first thought would not be: oh wow! All those
UFOs must be aliens!
No, my first thoughts would be: is this real? Can we get independent confirmation on this? Is someone creating a elaborate hoax?
And even once it's confirmed, and not a hoax.....I would still have questions: Where are you from? What are you doing here?
And most importantly: Are all these other UFOs aliens too? Are you aliens abducting people? If so: why?
For a skeptic, the questions never stop.