posted on Jun, 24 2008 @ 05:55 PM
Ever wonder what it's like to be a skeptical person on a conspiracy forum mostly dedicated to Aliens & UFO's, a person of science and empirical
evidence? But at the same time a person who understands that out of the billions and billions of stars strung across billions of galaxies the chance
of other intellectual life is there and modest. A person who in their past had seen a single UFO up close and personal, a person who is excited about
belonging to a family of species that populate the vast cosmos? But at the same time in dire need of proof
? I guess it's the same exact
dilemma evolutionary biologists face if they somehow retain a shred of belief in a divine creator. Because lets face it... The hard evidence for
extraterrestrials as of this post is zilch
Before I get into what will be perceived as the meat of this thread, I want to point out a few things about us and the special place we all share.
We're a community of people who find conspiracies interesting. Don't kid yourself in thinking that skeptics or "debunkers" don't find these
topics appealing (in one form or another). Some of us are called "believers" because even without evidence they're convinced we're being visited
by extraterrestrials. Then there's a whole group of people stuck in the middle leaning towards being a full blown skeptic or full blown believer.
This is why ATS is special, folks. There's a plethora of difference
present and they're all allowed to be represented.
While this may make ATS special it certainly allows for immense clashes between groups. This is what I want to talk about and this is why I believe
that it's time for Ufology to strive for excellence. It's truly time for the field to divide the good from the bad and prove that it's not just
pseudoscientific bull. I've never understood why there weren't any people striving to elevate the field to scientific standards. I wonder, is it
because it's too hard? If extraterrestrials are here and not unreachable then there must be cases out there that have yet to be explained that can be
touched upon by the scientific method. [en.wikipedia.org...
Do people here have any idea what an amazing chance we as a community have been given? It doesn't matter what the end truth to the whole expedition
will be. What does matter is that we've moved on to greater and better things through our search for undeniable truth. We can make this into an
independent effort with no bias one way or another. Chances are the whole process will result in proving or disproving the once unexplainable. Why
should people fear answers to questions everybody here has asked in one time or another? Would you rather live in belief, ignorance, or the truth?
At this point I've outlined the general path I'd like for us to tread. I'm certain that there will be believers who will disagree. They'll tell me
that there's no sense to look because the truth is already out there. No matter what we do there will always be those that do not care for evidence.
This is the way in all science and it's the first sign that you're heading in the right direction. There will be skeptics who tell me that there's
no point. It's not up to us to prove the existence of extraterrestrial life visiting us. Burden of proof, QED. This is the way in all science and
it's the second sign that you're heading in the right direction. We've acknowledged that and are out searching for answers in either direction. You
must understand that the hunger for truth
should not stop you in a comfortable position.
Before I get myself in way over my head I want to hear from everybody
on ATS. This isn't about a single person leading anybody anywhere. This
is about people who've felt the same way or understand the need to move forward. This is about a collection of people. You've been challenged and I
hope that the conversation will be healthy and professional.
Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.