SkepticOverlord, thank you for this post which demonstrates a calm, un exaggerated, re-telling of one's account with a UFO sighting. At the end of the
day you and those you shared this tale with simply do not know what it was you witnessed. However, I find myself disagreeing with your reasoning as to
why you remain skeptical that what you witnessed cannot be extraterrestrial in origin.
Originally posted by SkepticOverlord
I remain skeptical. My primary reasons are that we represent a relatively mundane existence when compared against the wonders of the galaxy available
to an interstellar species. Even very advanced technology -- if it exists at all -- capable of traversing the stars will be exceptionally "expensive"
in terms of the cost of energy required. I can't imagine any intelligent species wasting that energy on us when the entire galaxy calls.
To put it bluntly, of course you would think that way. You are a human being who uses logic. While one cannot, and should not ever, fault anyone for
using logic, especially within the confines of an online message board with the motto "deny ignorance", I fail to consider logic a universal
phenomenon. I consider it a global one, for the reason that we humans are only one species that occupy one globe.
It's entirely possible that logic as we know it is irrelevant when considering the actions of an extraterrestrial species. I remember a poster a long
time ago who stated very simply "alien life would not travel a few billion light years just to stare into some hick's _" to which I replied,
"why not"? The poster's answer was, "because it doesn't make sense". This answer suggests that logic is universal, and it may very well be! But it
wouldn't be the logic of one species on a single planet. It would be the logic of a species that has the technology to be far more universal than we.
In terms of our existence being so mundane when compared to the wonders of the universe, perhaps those "wonders" are "wonders" only because we still
have to "wonder" about them. An intelligent being with the capability to traverse the stars may have been doing such for millenia. They've been
there, done that
, so to speak. Hence, they don't wonder anymore. They know.
Your statement concerning how expensive, energy wise, the technology to traverse the stars must be, is a valid point. Valid if you are a human being
with limited resources and limited capability to acquire such resources. Our resources come from Earth while a star-traversing civilization's
resources can come from anywhere at all
. They might have so much element XYZ available to them that they don't know what to do with it.
In tying things together, I arrive at these "what ifs". What if the way we think as human beings is what draws a star traversing life form to travel
untold distances to observe us? What if we, with our "logic" that is so very different from theirs, are their newest "wonder"?
What you saw remains unexplained, but your logic has not convinced me that what you saw could not be an extraterrestrial airborne vessel, based on my
Edit to add: SkepticOverlord, just to be clear, there is no implied need for you to convince anyone of anything by sharing your experience or your
reasoning. There is a perceived "us vs them" mentality that exists between skeptics and believers on this board, which I disagree with. Unfortunately,
explicitly labeling myself a skeptic makes me a target for this misguided mindset. This post should not be taken by anyone as a "me vs them" attack. I
consider myself open to the possibility of intelligent life existing elsewhere, but I am not a believer.
edit on 30-11-2010 by danj3ris
because: to avoid a misconception.