posted on Oct, 27 2009 @ 09:24 AM
I read a lot of UFO books growing up, and I was pretty convinced we were being visited, and that we're not alone in the universe. But since I started
doing my own research on UFOs I found out the authors of the UFO books don't look at the incidents from all perspectives, and they often tend to be
biased toward a particular interpretation of the evidence. Eventually my research led me to ATS where I found some comprehensive sources of references
to UFO information, and better yet, instead of just one author's biased point of view, we get to look at the evidence through the eyes of different
people with different points of view. We can't just accept what anyone says, but yes it's been helpful to get those different viewpoints as a
starting point to do further research to determine what the truth really is.
So has ATS changed my mindset? Well it's been a valuable resource, and I still think we are not alone in the universe, and in fact I think there are
very few people who believe otherwise. The question is, are those other intelligences really visiting Earth or not? I think a lot of people like
myself come to ATS looking for the real proof or "smoking gun". Yes we have interesting sightings, and some even with radar confirmation, but what
are they? The 5% unexplained, nobody really knows. Does the fact that we don't know what they are make them alien? I can't say it does and I can't
say it doesn't. After all they could just as easily be time travelers as aliens if we don't know what they are, right? Or maybe even something else.
But I would say ATS helped sway my opinion from we probably are being visited, to we probably are not being visited, but it's hard to be sure. You
certainly have to keep an open mind about the other intelligence that likely exists. But until we have an experience like the movie "Independence
Day" (which we probably don't really want) or a similar encounter with a more friendly alien species, I think people will be debating fuzzy dots in
the sky for a long time.