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posted on Sep, 4 2006 @ 07:10 PM
can one of you guy update tinwiki so the rest of the atsers will be up to date. holding out on answers is not cool specially when this website's main slogan is deny ginorance. maybe you should work for the goverment T

posted on Sep, 4 2006 @ 07:15 PM
Why DO we want to believe?


I want to believe because the sheer improbability of us being alone.

[edit on 9-4-2006 by Cutwolf]

posted on Sep, 4 2006 @ 07:31 PM
Why do I want to believe? I googled the question and nothing explict jumps out. I've seen variations of the truth, we are not alone, finding help for our terrestrial problems, etc. This question, in a roundabout way has been asked of ATS'ers with many of the same responses. The answer will be discovered soon though and congrats to the person who discovers it.

But, for me, I want to believe to know if my creator created life elsewhere or if we are just some science experiment. Like Regan said, how would as a species react if we knew an alien threat to our planet existed. Would we pull together and put aside our differences for once?

posted on Sep, 4 2006 @ 07:33 PM
I think the word 'want' is telling.

some believe for different reasons- evidence, experience, etc.

But to 'WANT' to believe , I think changes the answer to one of philosophy, or need, rather than reasoning.

human nature.

it's in our dna

it's in our programming, etc.

just my take.

And for those who want to catch up, most of the recent answers are in the last few pages, so it might be helpful to take a minute, during this lull to read up and gain a little perspective on the general direction of the questions/answers.

Always helped me

posted on Sep, 4 2006 @ 07:46 PM
the last 4 answers came from

before that the answer by AgentT was the correct form of the name of the signal detected by Seti
with the '+' changed to 'plus'

hope that helps

I'm a noob, so I don't feel qualified to mess with Tinwiki

posted on Sep, 4 2006 @ 08:01 PM
The answers flew by pretty quick , and I was sitting here watching/searching, at the time.

I think these are the correct answers, to bring the stragglers up to date.


Help me out , if I'm wrong, guys.

posted on Sep, 4 2006 @ 08:18 PM
as to the current question,

this was closest thing I googled, and been looking into links from this page

I'm a believer because this is the way the world seems. Further, I think that most everyone knows that this is the way it is. You can spin intellectual counterarguments to your heart's content, or you can meditate your way clear out of the galactic disk, but on your way back home tonight notice how your every move, breath, and thought is steeped in a solid world of consistent phenomena. If this is an illusion, I don't think we can shake it. Even the Dalai Lama has to sit on the can like the rest of us.

no specific help, but it's a start. That is if it's quote-related

posted on Sep, 4 2006 @ 08:43 PM
The question is posed such that the answer applies to a majority (i.e. we). I've found threads on ATS that ask the very question, but all reponses are in a form of "Well, I would want to believe because..."

There is no 'we' when responding. It becomes a personal decision on choosing to believe. Those that did repond said that they: a) wanted to know the truth, b) wanted the aliens to help us, c) wanted to prove everyone else wrong, d) wanted to know that there was more to this earth then stinkin apes.

Its a highly philosophical question that can only be made at a personal level.

Its up to each one of us to choose whether or not we believe.

posted on Sep, 4 2006 @ 09:01 PM

posted on Sep, 4 2006 @ 09:34 PM

Originally posted by Freenrgy2

There is no 'we' when responding. It becomes a personal decision on choosing to believe.

That's why I'm hoping to find a quote.

I can't quite wrap my head around 'wanting' to belieive.

I can understand leaning toward believing in ETI, and even believing in current contact, but I have a hard time understanding 'wanting' to believe. Especially, when the evidence seems to point toward, us being viewed as zoo animals and food.
So , if not a quote, maybe something like


I can't think of any snappy and neat one or two word answer that sums everything up.

[edit on 4-9-2006 by Jbird]

[edit on 4-9-2006 by Jbird]

posted on Sep, 4 2006 @ 09:51 PM
i think it will be something like we need to believe because we want to know the final answer

posted on Sep, 4 2006 @ 10:31 PM
Well, hot dang. The game is back in gear. Way to go, guys!
It never occurred to me to replace the "+" with "plus". I'd've been stuck on that for eternity.

posted on Sep, 4 2006 @ 10:44 PM
Hey, 'Spork, are you caught up?

I think we're on the last question

you seem to have a propensity for these short off the wall answers.

Maybe you can come up with a winner.

Here's my latest tangent

fill in the blank type answers maybe?



posted on Sep, 4 2006 @ 10:55 PM
Yep, just caught up. Updated tinwiki, too.

Tried a few answers with no luck



posted on Sep, 4 2006 @ 11:03 PM

Originally posted by Tuning Spork
Yep, just caught up. Updated tinwiki, too.

Finally. Good man!

good luck I'm outta here.

posted on Sep, 4 2006 @ 11:51 PM
This isn't the answer but a cool quote nonetheless.

The moment we want to believe something, we suddenly see all the arguments for it, and become blind to the arguments against it. by George Bernard Shaw

posted on Sep, 5 2006 @ 07:43 AM
it ain't over?

damn, these questions must be hard as hell.

posted on Sep, 5 2006 @ 09:11 AM
so let's see,

What do you want?
To Believe

We read to know
We are not alone

"we are not alone", "They may yearn not to..."
Feel Alone

postbiological ET's want

universe, "alone are self-aware", we yearn for

And Why Do We Want To Believe?

it seems that they are guiding us toward something akin to making new friends, not being alone.

anyone know of any geek words like grok that would fit in here?

posted on Sep, 5 2006 @ 09:46 AM
based on the silence, I'm assuming perhaps the answer has been found and the confirm process is taking place.

If not,

check this comment out:

"Why do people want to believe in it? For some, it's simply a great adventure."

To some, you find a more troubling reason. They see others who see the extraterrestrials as the source of solutions to all our terrestrial problems.

Drake, who's raising funds for a bigger, better telescope to listen to the stars admits he's weary of the claims about abductions and of the alien crash at an Air Force base in Roswell, New Mexico.

taken from here:

posted on Sep, 5 2006 @ 09:49 AM
Hey welcome back Crakeur. if anyone can put us out this misery its you...

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