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Originally posted by damagedoor
Actually, because of the presumption of innocence, the analogy doesn't work. It's better to reverse it. Taking away an innocent man's liberty while the real offender remains free is a terrible outcome, and so it is very, very important to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that he committed the crime. A blurry video, which may be the accused or may be someone else, is simply not good enough. Nor is the fact that we may already believe the man is guilty. In other circumstances, these might be sufficient to sway us, but here the consequences are too important for us to be slack.
Originally posted by Xcalibur254
However, there is a difference between witnesses of a crime and witnesses to aliens. Sure, witnesses to UFOs work and we accept their testimony. The problem with aliens however is the circumstances surrounding it. In most cases people experience the Oz Effect and so you must start wondering if their testimony is valid. When people start saying that their encounter had a dreamlike quality to it, you have to start wondering as to whether it actually happened or if it was some kind of manifestation of the mind.
Originally posted by Fastwalker81
Sure it would, and then it will get debunked one way or the other.
Originally posted by SkepticalSteve
reply to post by weneedtoknow
Well if your not confident in the photo that in it is most probably a hoax.
Originally posted by weneedtoknow
From a very fed up and frustrated member who joined ats because he thought it was welcoming and open minded of alternative subjects... clearly i was wrong
Originally posted by mikesingh
In other words, you think you don't have an adequate cult following on ATS! There will always be two sides of a coin.
The best course of action is to have an open mind. A fence sitter. This way you can have the cake and eat it too! Dig?
Originally posted by kidflash2008
reply to post by TruthTellist
The logic you are using makes no sense. The object of science is to have a theory or idea and then set out to prove it. The theory is some UFOs are extraterrestrial in nature. Now the idea is for me to prove it, not someone who is skeptical to prove the negative. It is impossible for someone to disprove that theory, just like it is impossible to disprove Santa Clause or the Easter Bunny don't exist.
I am the first one to state there is plenty of evidence, but no concrete proof (the government may have it somewhere). Many of the cases or persons involved will turn out to be wrong or downright liars. We have to keep looking for the answers. The skeptics keep us real, and on the right tracks. Otherwise, we would fall for every con in the business.
Final thought: The researchers are the ones who have to get off their a$$es and do the research and field work, not the skeptics. The truth is out there, and we have to work for it.