Skeptics like myself can be easily shut up in two simple ways:
1) The original poster very clearly states that what they have seen or videotaped is something they consider to be odd, without immediately jumping
to the "it's aliens from space because it couldn't possibly be anything else" inference. Because it could possibly be a lot of things, including
my personal favorite, UNKNOWN. With UFO's, honesty is the best policy. Just say, "I don't have a clue as to what this can be," and ask if
somebody might be able to identify it. Along with that, if somebody says, well, it's probably a helicopter coming in a weird angle, unless they know
better, the OP should just say, "You could be right." Don't get all bent out of shape if somebody offers a perfectly good alternate explanation.
If you have a better explanation, please feel free to offer the evidence, however:
2) If you want a skeptic to really shut up, just produce some real proof of something. Personally, I'm just dying for someone to produce the goods.
I want you to succeed in convincing me. But I'm not going to jump to any shaky, illogical conclusions, and if the evidence and the proof isn't
good enough to convince me, then don't get mad at me, get mad at the flaws in the proof.
But for the most part, the notion of the rock-headed skeptic is a straw man argument. There are a few fringe folk who still refuse to understand that
there are UFOs out there, but they are a very tiny group of people. So weeping that "oh, the skeptics won't listen no matter what," is as
generally inaccurate as saying all UFO witnesses are delusional kooks or hoaxers just looking for attention. Is that true? Of course not.
That tiny minority of skeptics can and should be ignored. The bigger challenge, however, is to convince people like me, who actually accept that
weird things happen and are willing to look hard at your evidence. We're the toughest nuts to crack, because we won't accept shoddy evidence and
flawed logic, because it means more to us than it does the unreasonable skeptic. At the moment us reasonable skeptics are still baffled by real UFOs.
We have yet to be convinced they're aliens, or time travelers, or thought projections. We want you to help us gain some insight into the truth of
these things. And we don't like ignorant people who don't understand simple logic, who think they know better, and who whine rather than come up
with good evidence.
Why debunk? Because who needs more bunk? We're sick of bunk.
[edit on 17-8-2008 by Nohup]