Yes ATS, there will be disappointments, yes there will be those seeking a digital ego build because of their hoax's, yes extraordinary claims require
extraordinary evidence, yes, and yes. But please folks, we will get no where if we follow the thought that "most of the witnesses which provide
'reports' here and you end up at a dead end."
I'm not asking you to give up any belief system, I'm asking you to gather information before coming to premature conclusions. If you think there is
something strange about the report, inquire about it. Back up your posts with reasons as to why you feel the way you do after accumulating
information. Please don't dive into a thread with a preconcieved idea about a report and sighting.
We need to develope and have a civil investigative sense among ourselves. The esteemed Dr. Jacques Vallee once said: "I am probably the only person
who doesn’t know what UFOs are. Most Ufologists know (or think they know) that UFOs are spacecraft vehicles, in other words, spacecraft from another
planet… In the meantime, the vast majority of scientists and technologists continue to regard all this as complete nonsense… Never has the
situation been so clearly polarized. Never has it been harder to do good research."
So here's some Investigative DO's (BTW, these are not mine, but they do cover a good general portion of what I believe to be effective) :
Ask your questions in a clear and concise way. Never assume anything, always ask for more information.
Always Establish Certainties
Location/date/time, their activity at that time, weather/day/night conditions, size (from an outstretched arm),
luminosity, number of witnesses, trajectory, normal air traffic, nearby airports, possible hospital heliports, etc..
Always be Objective and Thorough.
Keep your perceptions clear. Have a healthy dose of skepticism, but keep your feelings and personal opinions
to yourself. A rational and balanced skepticism that seeks persuasive evidence and admits to the limits of present-day knowledge is preferred to
wide-eyed gullibility. What is being alleged here is not to be taken lightly. The implications may well be staggering. It is just as unwise to render
an anomalous claim harmless by covering it with a blanket explanation pulled out of a hat as it is to fill the explanatory vacuum with mystical
theories based on little more than unverifiable assumptions about the nature of the universe. Being objective means not pre-judging a claim and
allowing for the possibility of coming to accept it as true, if enough facts and evidence are provided. Investigators must be both skeptical and
Always be polite.
Treat everyone you post to with respect and dignity, for the most part this is a strange experience for the witness to have
to do, to tell an incredible story/report. Politely present any reasons why you think their experience just might have a normal cause and calmly
explain those facts. Avoid arguing and name calling with anyone for any reason. It is never worth it.
Always give yourself enough time
to allow the most comprehensive information to come to light. Liars rarely tell the same story twice.
:::::And Always Remember:::::
. While monsters and alien spacecraft are not yet (publicly) proven to exist, hoaxers certainly are. Ordinary folks will go to
extraordinary lengths to carry out a hoax and many are prepared to invest an enormous amount of effort in their deceptions for no obvious reward.
Hoaxes have significantly influenced the development and perception of many unsolved mysteries.
Hoaxers fall into one of two basic categories.
The engineers of an active hoax takes pleasure in the limelight and public interest and happily
assign their name to the "experience" and spurious evidence in the form of photographs, videos, et cetera. By far the more numerous, the participants
of a passive hoax act in secret and prefer anonymity. Passive hoaxers create crop circles or mysterious tracks when and where the chance of being
discovered is slight. They dress up like Bigfoot or launch balloons with flares attached. They mail bogus photographs or sighting reports anonymously
to the media or to recognized researchers. Quite often, merely uncovering the identity of the passive hoaxer solves the case. While most hoaxes are
clumsy attempts, others are truly ingenious.
Never underestimate the capabilities of a hoaxer or the possibility of a hoax. But with that said...
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