posted on Jan, 16 2005 @ 08:02 PM
For me I think it's not so much believing in them as much as not denying the posibility that they COULD exist. In my mind, unless something is
DISPROVEN, then it is still possible that that thing is true (or exists). Disproving one or two, or all, sighting or encounters with a phenomenon or
creature does not prove it does not exist, only that no one has actually seen one (or that that specific person didn't actually see one). It's a
matter of being open minded to things and not just shutting your mind because it seems too far fetched, or just because you haven't seen one (of
whatever is being discussed). There are many things in this world that are discovered every day, hundreds of new species of animals and plants are
found every year and until we have explored every inch of this planet (land, sea, and air (and every cave, nook and chasm)) and have it all under
constant surveylence there are still going to be things out there that we've never seen... that no one's ever seen... and who's to say that one of
them isn't bigfoot, or a chupacabra.
Paranormal phenomenon like ghosts are along the same lines... and may forever remain a mystery. Since current technology can not discredit every
account, there is still doubt.
Aliens and creatures from other worlds are a phenomenon that will not be discredited completely for many millenia to come, since it would require the
searching of the entire universe to do so (every planet, every star, every asteroid, every comet, every nebula, every inch of space.)
But in the meantime, while we wait, we'll continue searching for the truth. It's much easier to prove something IS, than to prove that it ISN'T.
One shred of indesputable evidence is all it takes to remove doubt, but you must discount every possible way that something could exist to prove it
(case in point, Carl Sagan's dragon that he keeps in his garage.
) He's basically
saying to scientists not to make claims that can't be tested (or make claims before testing), but rather to work the other way around... look for
evidence, and then make educated assumptions about their cause.
[edit on 16-1-2005 by Greyhaven7]