I have been a long time reader of ATS, but due to a lack of time in my life, a short time poster, however after a few weeks posting, one this is
What is this forum *actually* for?
Yes, I have read the descriptions, the forum guidelines and the official info. But for me at least, this forum has become infuriating.
I realise that we are all here for the same thing... we want proof. Proof that there is 'something' out there. Proof that Aliens and UFOs do exist.
Even the most skeptical people and the 'blind faith' believers, as well as the snake oil salesman and hoaxers... all the same thing.
The way I see it, we come here to see the evidence. See pictures, hear other people experiences, and hopefully find some kind of 'proof' somehow. In
reality, this is one of the most powerful resources that we have at our disposal!
Imagine an investigation team with *millions* of members, all after the same goal, all after the truth. That is more than the Police forces, FBI, CIA
you name it put together. It may be possible to accomplish anything!
So why, oh why are we faced with the dilemma we face in this forum?
The dilemma of 'Blind Faith', the dilemma of 'Healthy Skepticism' being treated with hostility?
For me, threads in this forum can be split into 3 types...
1. The Blatant Hoaxes
These can be put up with for the greater good, and easily noticed by the forum population
2. The Genuinely Curious
Pics (be they of the moon, planets, UFOs in the sky), Videos, Eye witness accounts. All with something 'tangible' behind them.
3. The 'Out There' Posts
I am not saying they are true or not, but they relate to things which we have no way of proving either way. 'I was taken by Aliens to the Moon!' etc
You know the ones.
It is this 3rd kind of thread that this post mainly related to.
I am an analytical person. I have been trained over many years to look for 'evidence', to search and investigate. To look at the normal first, and
once that has been eliminated, only then look to the extremes.
Call it skepticism if you like, but it is not. It is just that I demand a higher standard of proof. If someone says to me 'I went to the Moon with
the Grays', I want a good bit of evidence to prove it before I take it as truth. If the evidence is there, I am behind it 100%.
Posts such as these are prime examples:
I propose that there be another forum for these kind of posts (Unexplainable Tales?)... away from the probe of people like me, where others can read
and believe whatever they like, without having to rely on small things such as 'proof' and 'evidence'. I have nothing against them, but there is
no scientific way to debate them, or look at them objectively, and as such, only cause in my opinion, animosity.
If you post your skepticism you are deemed a hostile 'non believer'. If you take it at face value, you are reading nothing more than fiction.
These threads just seem to cause disharmony and flame wars, and add nothing to a proper examination in to UFOs and how we can prove them real or not.