posted on Aug, 22 2010 @ 12:40 PM
reply to post by SeekerofTruth101
Thanks for contributing, Seeker.
This thread isn't about my personal opinions on the legitimacy of the ETH, it's a discussion about the usage of the worship of gaps within the
belief and faith areas of it. Considering nothing of aliens is known commonly in a scientific way (it's hypothesized, not known), the point I'm
putting forward in this thread is the manner of filling those gaps with hypothesis and treating those hypotheses as truth.
Consider the evolution/intelligent design debate. Proponents of ID will consistently use any gaps in evolutionary chains as proof that the latter
evolved species are in fact designed, simply because we haven't found the direct link yet.
This method is in use by many believers of the alien visitation hypothesis. It puts assumption in the gaps that science hasn't yet explained, and
uses those assumptions as truth. In this case, that aliens are piloting spacecraft through our skies. I can't say it's not possible, of course it
is, but we don't have the sufficient evidence to prove it, so we can't assume it's true, much in the same way that since we don't have a specific
transitional fossil for a creature, we can't assume that it was designed based on that.
I don't like directly comparing religion and the mystery behind UFOs, because it opens a large can of worms, but this link is so glaring that I felt
I had to comment on it. It's part of the psychology of faith and belief, and I really do think the psychological workings behind belief are applying
themselves in both instances.
But, this thread isn't about being a believer or a skeptic, or proving anything. It was simply a discussion on inserting assumptions into the
hypothesis and using those assumptions as truth.
"We don't know" does not mean "it is alien".