posted on Sep, 19 2007 @ 02:18 AM
It's quite simple, really...
To answer the OP: It is "about debunking" because it is the only way to establish the truth. Debunking, as practiced by most researchers, is
certainly not a purely cynical state of mind and it is not about advancing an agenda of abject skepticism.
Debunking is simply a process of trying to examine a claim thoroughly enough to be able to prove what it is not in order that we might be able to
prove what it is. It’s nothing more than the process of elimination as an exercise to discover the truth.
We want the same thing, don’t we? The truth, right? But for scientists, researchers, investigators, the truth must be verifiable. Science, if
done right, allows for an impartial third party to repeat, or at least witness and evaluate, the same phenomenon. Like Schuyler’s colleague; the
woman obviously experienced something fantastic, it probably changed her outlook on life forever. It is not a matter of not believing her. I am
happy for her – envious even. But because we have only her story to evaluate we have no choice but to move on. There is nothing more to evaluate,
nothing to examine. Even if she took a picture of the lights in the water, after a while, all we can do is shrug and say how interesting it is, how
intrigued we are, but ultimately, there will be nothing left to do but wonder and ask the fine lady to tell us her story yet again.
If you have a buddy throw a trash can lid into the air and you take a quick and grainy snapshot of it with your cell phone from across the street, you
may very well convince multitudes that the grey disk seemingly skimming over your neighbor’s house is a UFO. In fact, that is exactly what it will,
and must, remain: some object, seemingly flying, and despite your embellished description, completely unidentifiable.
Why is this so? Because the claimant could not produce the UFO, nor any other empirical evidence for that matter, a researcher has no choice but to
record the incident as inconclusive. Notice we are not calling the claimant a liar, a cheat, or a hoaxer – because we don’t know that either.
We simply do not have enough evidence to conclusively determine its authenticity. Now, if we can go to the neighborhood, interview the neighbors, get
additional testimony, retrieve records of weather and air traffic, then perhaps, just perhaps, we might eventually uncover the truth.
Suppose we find the guy’s neighbor and he fesses up to tossing the trash can lid – even shows us the can it came from. He might even be willing
to duplicate the toss for our amusement. The case would be debunked. I submit that is far preferable than perpetuating a myth merely to maintain the
satisfaction of believers. Yet this is often exactly what occurs.
We all “want” the UFOs to be real. We all hope that we are lucky enough to be a part of that glorious moment when extraterrestrial intelligence
is finally acknowledged to us poor and huddled masses. We NEED to debunk claims so that we can get to the truth. If we can’t debunk them then we
just might have something – and we’d be thrilled!
Look – up in the sky! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? We must rely on someone, and better yet several people, to ask these questions and to
diligently seek the answers to these questions. I hope they can eliminate all possibilities. I want them to ask – and be able to confidently
answer that it is NOT a bird, it is NOT a plane. You see, it is these folks, the debunkers that are here so derided, that I would turn to first. Not
the dogmatic believers who merely want to ridicule those that are trying to uncover the truth.
I want to know what explanation can be eliminated so I might consider what else it could be.
I do however, value all opinions, and believe even those that can do nothing more than “feel” the truth have something meaningful to contribute…