posted on Feb, 4 2011 @ 07:34 AM
Guys, the mods have suggested a debate in the debating forum?
We can't have any research threads, but debating is sanctioned and encouraged. Who's up for it? Probably need a few volunteers from each side of
the fence who can then coordinate their materials and tactics via U2Us; once everyone's ready we can see what happens.
I think the point of the debate (from the 'believer' perspective) is to show that the evidence presented by skeptics thus far is not solid enough to
warrant a 'case closed - hoax' verdict. I don't think it will be possible to determine that the video evidence is proof of a UFO visitation; but I
do think there's enough information out there, and enough flaws in the skeptical arguments, to give this a 'day in court' on ATS. This discussion
thread is a bit too haphazard. Let's have a formal debate, where the key points from each side can be consolidated and analysed objectively, without
emotions or falsehoods getting in the way.
There are still unanswered questions, and an obvious lack of easy access to the key evidence - these issues in combination have led to a perpetual
state of argumentative and falsely authoritative posting (from both camps)
A debate would enable everyone to see the arguments laid out bare, for all time. And if there is a conclusive proof of hoax (one that doesn't leave
any room for 'reasonable doubt')...? I'll tip my hat and concede the matter as lost, before turning my focus onto who hoaxed us and why.
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PS - I don't think I'm suitably qualified to participate in the debate, but I think there are people here that are, on both sides of the argument.
Remember - the 'believer' focus will not be about providing absolute proof of the actuality of a UFO visitation; it will be about providing a
convincing argument as to why we cannot write this situation off as a 'hoax'.
PPS - By 'believer' (a term sadly loaded with negative connotations) - I mean anyone who is stumped by this one incident, and feels it is, or could
well be, genuine. To be a 'believer' in this context, you don't have to be associated with any other 'belief' existing in UFOlogy. You need
only be relatively convinced, or convinced, of the actual reality of this incident as a UFO visitation of some sort...