I think the main problem between the neverending battle between 'skeptics' and 'believers' is that both sides are starting from very different
viewpoints before arriving at any conclusions regarding any given UFO situation.
Let me explain.
A skeptic starts from the viewpoint of : Speed of light limits how far we can travel. Distances in space are vast. Therefore it is very highly
unlikely that anything seen by an observer here on earth is going to be an alien spacecraft, since there is no way they could be visiting us. The
skeptic will therefore look at every possible different explanation, regardless of how strange, the sighting was, and how numerous and certain were
Before I continue I should point out that I'm using the terms 'skeptic' and 'believers' in the sense of those who are pre-disposed to either
dismiss the idea of UFOs as aliens, or accept the possibility of UFOs as aliens (in the case of skeptics, for the reasons stated above)
It is, of course, entirely possible to have either viewpoint and still be a 'skeptic'. For example... you might be sympathetic to the idea of UFOs
as alien, but still dismiss a particular sighting after looking at the facts and deciding that it is a misident, fake, or identified.
I tend to fall into the camp of the 'believers' , although I try to remain critical and (dare I say) skeptical about each individual sighting until
it has (or hasn't) been adequately investigated and the facts of the sighting can help me make a judgement. I do however approach the subject of UFOs
with a pre-disposition towards alien civilizations visiting us now, and having done so throughtout history and pre-history.
I believe that the limitation placed on travel by the speed of light, is only a limitation at our PRESENT stage of development, and that sooner or
later we will find a way around it. From there it follows that, taking the age of the universe into account, it is highly likely that other
civilisations will have managed to get around that limit, maybe even millions of years ago. As soon as y7ou accept that proposition as not only
possible, but likely, the skepticism and disbelief with which some approach the whole 'UFOs as alien' idea becomes less of an obstruction. BY that I
mean, if you accept the possibility that aliens may be travelling to our planet then a UFO being an alien spaceship becomes just one of a number of
possibilities to consider.
Since I think most 'believers' take a sinilar viewpoint to mine, you therefore have two sides who are approaching the same 'investigation' with
two totally different sets of rules. ie: A skeptic will look at a sighting and think 'anything but an alien ship', and a believer will think 'it
might possibly be an alien ship'
It becomes very difficult to discuss/argue the merits of a case when each side is playing by totally different ground rules... lol
Just my humble opinion though
[edit on 24-1-2008 by Dagar]