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Originally posted by yeahibelieveThey havn't visited us because
Your analogy is flawed and the statement that without proof all you are left with is superstition is sheer nonsense. Certainly you are not going to tell us, right here right now, that science only deals in proofs, for if you do you know very little about "science" to make any claims about it. Furthermore, you seem to be arguing that one would need to demonstrate the existence of ET life first before one could assume some UFOs are alien craft; that would be like asking SETI to prove aliens built radio transmitters before one can assume a sginal to have an extraterrestrial origin. The argument is fallacious.
Originally posted by godless
Is the testimony of one person who claims that so-and-so is the guy who did the crime really enough to convict without even the slightest of corroborating evidence? In this case the witness can't even provide evidence that the accused can actually exist. We all want to believe, but without proof, you really don't have belief, you have superstition. I, for one, do not subscribe to superstition.
Originally posted by Polisaurus-Lex
Also the post assumes that it is at least possible for faster than light travel. If FTL is not possible then the aliens would have to commit to a journey of at least tens of thousands of years if not millions of years.
Originally posted by jclmavg
Originally posted by yeahibelieve
They havn't visited us because
Because you'd have to ignore all the UFO cases to make that argument stick.
"As a result, the easiest thing to do with UFO evidence is to ignore it, which is what most people do. Much harder is to confront it honestly, whether this means accepting or debunking it. That is, accepting into one's worldview something as "far out" as extraterrestrials is not easy for many people, especially when one's official culture finds little more than ridicule in the subject.
But honest debunking is very, very difficult, considering the compelling nature of so many UFO cases. Personally, I am close to the position that it is impossible to do this honestly, but will leave the benefit of the doubt to some exceptional, as yet unfound, individual.
The problem with nearly all skeptical arguments against alien visitation is that, quite simply, they fail to look at the UFO evidence. They all sound great in theory, but fall apart when presented with a few good reports. In the end, skeptics are forced to fall back upon their most often-used weapon: claiming a UFO event was a hoax."
Richard M Dolan Phd