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posted on Mar, 16 2009 @ 07:25 PM
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Originally posted by SaviorComplex

Originally posted by platosallegory
So we can examine the evidence while also pointing out how pseudo or bogus skepticism stands in the way of good evidence.


Discussions of "pseudo skepticism" and "bogus skepticism" are quite insidious. It is an attempt to marginalize every skeptic by redefining who is a skeptic and what a skeptic is allowed to do. It seeks to rob all skeptics of the ability to have opinions or draw conclusions by declaring that only believers have that luxury or right. In fact, they redefine the believers as the "true" skeptics, allowing them to dismiss anyone who holds an opposing viewpoint as a "false" skeptic. Instead of focusing on the argument, they focus on the person making it.


Holy cow! LOL. That was quite a sermon. But it's deeply hypocritical. In fact, by saying this you are attacking our supposed motives for discussing 'Bogus Skepticism' and claiming to know what our 'true motive' is, rather than dealing with the subject itself. As you said: "Instead of focusing on the argument, they focus on the person making it", or indeed, their supposedly hidden negative motives and intent in doing so.

"Physician, heal thyself'

For someone so concerned that this discussion was inappropriate, you have certainly brought it down in tone rather rapidly.

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posted on Mar, 16 2009 @ 07:27 PM
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It's not the skeptic's role to prove your illogical assumptions wrong but rather your role to convince him thru a mountain of irrefutable proof that you are right. You speak of "inter-dimensional" beings. I don't even know what that is or could be. Alternative dimensions are the stuff of bad science fiction. I don't even know how you would prove it's even possible for said beings to exist. Unfortunately science has more pressing and promising things to explain than that bump you heard last night or the very sad stories of traumatized people who believe they are the victim in some very bizarre rape fantasies and are subsequently exploited by certain media types to sell books and videos. I find the people that traffic in this stuff worse than vile. They are lower than televagelists.

Do I think extraterrestrial life exists? I'd say it's a definite possibilty, given all that we know about the universe to date. But until somebody can produce the proof of a living organism that originated on another planetary body then, as a skeptic and a person of a scientific bent, I would have to say that making the assumption a foregone conclusion is at best wishful thinking and at worst, delusional. The universe is a weird and wild place. It's just possible that we are truly all alone! I know those words are heresy to many of you but they are, I'm sorry to say, the truth.



posted on Mar, 16 2009 @ 07:29 PM
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Again, right on. There is no Grand Unified Theory of Skepticism in regards to the UFO phenomenon. Each case must be examined on a case-by-case basis, because we could one day find the one case that shows extraterrestrials are indeed visiting the planet.


Complex,

You are proving my point with each post.

Each case must be weighed within reason and that's my point.

The skeptic does not weigh the evidence when it comes to ufology because they want all possibilities to be equal.

Your post shows this is not logical because you have to weigh these things case by case.

[edit on 16-3-2009 by platosallegory]



posted on Mar, 16 2009 @ 07:29 PM
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Hey guysngals!

I think that some of us here have cynicism conflated with skepticism.
To me an easy way to explain it is that cynics do the hand waving stuff. Plato's Academy slumped into cynicism after his death and after Aristotole left it behind and didn't revive skepticism until the neo platonist period.

I try to use a skeptical platform to try to examine things that I don't know much about. A genuine skeptic is not closed minded and will try to look at all aspects of a "puzzle".

It doesn't seem right that a skeptic would say that: you can't do "x".
In the case of extraterrestrial phenonema, the most he should say is that Yes, we can assume that aliens come from ... (wherever), but we cannot KNOW that with certainty without more evidence beyond the reports of experiencers. So we cannot say that we "know".

We can have some very strong suspicions and beliefs indeed. Until we have more fim evidence, however, we are stuck with assumptions.

A skeptic ought to go further:

He/she ought to look at all evidence, pro and con, and if it seems that the darn arguments have a tendency to balance out and only obtain "indeterminate", then one ought to suspend judgement completely until such time as better evidence is produced.

It is not necessary, according to classic skepticism, to take a firm stance on either side in the face of specious or weak evidence either for or against some idea.

But an issue remains when we rely purely on reports of witnesses and experiencers. YES, we should believe at a minimum that they believe that what they saw was exactly what they saw.

But I think it is a well known fact that witnesses are frequently wrong, as in mistaken, and sre not the most reliable sources of data.

Notice I didn't say that we ought not believe them, because we should. We just have to remember that it is problematic.

So yes we CAN say that greys come from Zeta Reticuli, but we can't say that we are right about that. We can more accuartely say that "it seems" that they come from there.



posted on Mar, 16 2009 @ 07:30 PM
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As a skeptic, the answer to me is quite simple.....

How many hoaxes have there been?
How many "sightings" have been unverified?
How many UFOs have I seen? (1, and I don't believe it was "extra-terrestrial").

Until something changes my current reality and perception of what was unknown to me DIRECTLY, I'll stick to the reality that is here, now and "it".

It's too easy for some people to get swept away with fiction, 2nd and 3rd hand reports and a wish to believe that can only create more fantasy and delusion and ignorance.

Not what you want to hear I'm sure but a solid and self assuring root for a reality that has kept my feet on the ground for decades.

I will always view as many perspectives on a subject as possible but I do not need to seek any kind of proof or evidence to bolster my reality....if "et" or such does exist, they must find me, but an alien stepping from their ship on my lawn is what it would take to convince me, not a report of a sighting, a secret document or another youtube clip.


Originally posted by platosallegory
Each case must be weighed within reason and that's my point.


And there has never been a single case that has caused me to consider the probability that extra-terrestrials are real.

UFOs ARE real.....but there's LOTS of stuff flying around WE put up there that can't get identified right?

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posted on Mar, 16 2009 @ 07:53 PM
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Originally posted by platosallegory
The skeptic does not weigh the evidence when it comes to ufology because they want all possibilities to be equal.


And you have proved my point. Are you really suggesting a skeptic is not allowed to look at the evidence and come to an opinion?



posted on Mar, 16 2009 @ 07:54 PM
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Originally posted by SaviorComplex




That is a fallacious argument. To those who are hunting the "bogus" or "pseudo" skeptic, it is a rare skeptic who escapes such labels


No, THAT is a fallacious argument. So, you are saying my point - that this thread is useful because it might highlight the hallmarks of 'Bogus Skepticism" - is wrong because some people might go on to wrongly apply the criteria and misidentify real skeptics as bogus skeptics? The thread is useful. Whether or not some people might later misapply certain labels is irrelevant. They won't do so based directly on anything I have said.




Please, give us one example among those who are unconvinced of extraterrestrial visitation that you consider to be a "real skeptic."


Personally? Nohup. I'm sure there are others but I haven't been taking names.




Point them out. Point to the thread(s) where skeptics gather en mass to ridicule and mock believers; this particular activity is endemic only to the believers.


Search for 'Steven Greer" and 'CSETI' threads, for a start (I have no opinion of Greer either way, I just cite that as a person, among many, who seems to attract particular bile and spite). And I find your second comment quite revealing. The more I talk with you, the more I feel that your are operating within an almost religious dynamic.


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posted on Mar, 16 2009 @ 08:02 PM
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We all see what we would like to see, until we get the full unedited versions of things we may never know

I say , Let's see what the pros have to say about it. This Short and Sweet video pretty well answers any questions, if they exist.

Skeptics, DEBUNK THIS





posted on Mar, 16 2009 @ 08:02 PM
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It is not the job of any skeptic to ridicule anyone.

it is also not its job to force wanted outcomes.

they do in fact look at all sides, if they are true skeptics.

The main reason for the suspension of judgement when it seems that we cannot know, is to escape all this aporia, or if you will, conniption and ill feeling.

if you don't know, then you just don't know. There is nothing to be ashamed at in that.

There are way too many things in this world that we claim to know, yet do not really. One must learn to become comfortable with the uncomfortable.

sometimes...

c'mon ... don't bicker that much about it.



posted on Mar, 16 2009 @ 08:07 PM
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If you were from NASA and showing us this clip with some kind of reasonable explanation it would be a little bit more believable, but with no information as to what we're looking at, the authenticity of the soundtrack (with added music) and the obvious dubious nature of any youtube media like this, I for one won't even bother trying to "debunk" this.

Skeptics eh, aren't we just a pain!



posted on Mar, 16 2009 @ 08:09 PM
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No sir , you are no pain
you see what you want



posted on Mar, 16 2009 @ 08:10 PM
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Originally posted by nerbot
Skeptics eh, aren't we just a pain!


Well, Nerbot, I found that the pain was ameliorated somewhat by what you had written as you current "Mood" LOL



posted on Mar, 16 2009 @ 08:12 PM
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Sorry I can't see what YOU want.



posted on Mar, 16 2009 @ 08:17 PM
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Originally posted by Chadwickus
reply to post by SaviorComplex
 


Might be, but he usually opens his threads telling me to stay out of them



I think it's because I upset him or something...



and whys this
because you skeptics will never learn
you sit there on your keyboards screaming `cgi photoship`
the game is ALMOST OVER
very sooon we will have all the proof we need



posted on Mar, 16 2009 @ 08:21 PM
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Hi Malcram

Originally posted by Malcram
Not really, I presented an argument. There's a difference.

I don't think so. Repeating your opinion about the value of the cumulative weight of high quality evidence pointing at ET visitation is not an argument. It is a statement of belief. As an ex-believer myself I understand what you mean. Now I'm more careful, I know things are not as simple as they appear to be.


then the inevitable conclusion would be that there are ET Piloted craft in our skies.

Repeating it does not make it true. Why inevitable? Because you lack imagination. Truth is often stranger than fiction.


In my experience, there are quite a few 'Bogus Skeptics' who sincerely believe they are truly rational skeptics, simply because they are unaware of the degree to which their thinking process is compromised by their bias because, if it's fully institutionalized, as racism was at one time, then few will even identify it as bias.

OK you already said that. Now why focus on the negative? Beats me why there's one or two hate thread a week about skeptics being close minded, ignorant, yada, yada.

Using logic and common sense against believers is useless, you can't convince those who already made up their mind. Believers are close minded. I'm open to any explanation because I don't know what's going on. Nothing would please me more than knowing the truth. I'm not afraid of anything. Really. That's why I'm here, hoping to read something worthwhile once in a while. And I do.

Flying saucers as ET vehicles are so much part of folklore, so hyped and promoted by Hollywood that many people are pro-ET visitation. IIRC a poll result was 24% of Americans believe aliens have actually visited Earth. Only a few reasonable people dare oppose the propaganda machine and think for themselves. Someone has to. There are so many incompetent thinkers, so many irrational believers. Someone has to do actual research.


I will say that I think it's impossible to be fully open-minded and fully aware of the complete range and weight of evidence and still remain a skeptic of the idea that SOME UFO's are ET piloted craft.

You have no idea. Some people, including those who had incredible experiences, are skeptical of the Extra-Terrestrial Hypothesis. Please read Jeff Ritzmann's thread me and "them". After all he has endured, he says he doesn't believe in extra-terrestrial. Go ahead and read the entire thread, it's one of the best ever. But it's a long thread, so if you don't want to read it all, his opinion about ETs and skeptics is on page 9. I respect and admire the man for his honesty and courage. I respect his beliefs. Even though I don't have any.



posted on Mar, 16 2009 @ 08:23 PM
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Oh look who has shown up!

Imagine seeing you here, posting the same rubbish.

better make the most of it before you get banned again.




posted on Mar, 16 2009 @ 08:24 PM
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Originally posted by spiritualevolution
very sooon we will have all the proof we need

Let me guess... 2012?



posted on Mar, 16 2009 @ 08:25 PM
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Originally posted by spiritualevolution

very sooon we will have all the proof we need


Keep that rubber stamp....you'll be using it for ages.



posted on Mar, 16 2009 @ 08:25 PM
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Originally posted by Chadwickus
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Oh look who has shown up!

Imagine seeing you here, posting the same rubbish.

better make the most of it before you get banned again.



i know not of what you are talking about
i am new here
but im sick of skeptics



posted on Mar, 16 2009 @ 08:28 PM
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Originally posted by Seany
Skeptics, DEBUNK THIS

Too easy. NASA showing UFOs on a giant screen.
Silly.





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