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Fallibilism is the epistemological thesis that no belief (theory, view, thesis, and so on) can ever be rationally supported or justified in a conclusive way.
Always, there remains a possible doubt as to the truth of the belief.
Fallibilism applies that assessment even to science’s best-entrenched claims and to people’s best-loved commonsense views.
Some epistemologists have taken fallibilism to imply skepticism, according to which none of those claims or views are ever well justified or knowledge. In fact, though, it is fallibilist epistemologists (which is to say, the majority of epistemologists) who tend not to be skeptics about the existence of knowledge or justified belief.
Generally, those epistemologists see themselves as thinking about knowledge and justification in a comparatively realistic way — by recognizing the fallibilist realities of human cognitive capacities, even while accommodating those fallibilities within a theory that allows perpetually fallible people to have knowledge and justified beliefs.
Originally posted by kevinunknown
I don’t believe any of them, to call me a sceptic when it comes to UFO abductions is a huge understatement
Originally posted by metalholic
reply to post by kevinunknown
actually unless ur an abductee you have no idea..as a matter of fact anyone that redicules someone for claiming they are an abductee is actually kinda ignorant it would be like you or someone else claiming that they can crap out a pineapple size piece of fecal matter no one else can so why would you?
no one has witnessed you do it..so all in all you must be a liar!?!
i call TROLL on this one!
[edit on 17-8-2010 by metalholic]
I think most stories are NOT intentional lies, at least most stories where I've seen the witnesses interviewed, they have me believing that they really believe something happened to them. Of course there probably are a few cases where people are lying but I never thought it's the majority.
Originally posted by Merigold
I think a lot of people really truely believe that they have been abducted, and the intentional lie is not that common.
That explanation makes a great deal of sense and it can explain how people who are NOT lying can have genuine experiences which seem real to them.
The sleep paralysis explanation to me, is the one that makes most sense. I've experienced this phenonema once in my life, it was very scary and felt very real. When I "woke" up, I knew right away what it was, but I'll be damned if it didn't feel like something real had happened.