reply to post by PMNUtah
Thank you for your post, and welcome to ATS PMNUtah
. It's always nice when someone replies, but even more so when someone takes the time to
register in order to post their reply.
Your testimony is a very welcome addition to this thread, and I think people will find it easier to relate to real-life experience like yours.
I liked the Indiana Jones quote. It makes good sense that if you are trying to get to the bottom of something, that you strip away all the
speculation, heresay, and anything that is not a provable fact. I think that is the only way to work out what is really going on in such a complex and
chaotic subject as UFOs, if the goal is an answer that we can be reasonably confident of.
At the risk of rambling off along another tangent, there is another point that I would like to make to everyone reading this:
If we see something, the first thing our brain tries to do is work out what that something is - if it can do this then our brains can get a rough
ball-park estimate on how far away the object is. All of this is of course performed by the brain subconciously without us being aware of what is
Let's say someone is looking up at a clear sky and sees a satellite of "average" brightness moving slowly across the sky. Now that person has seen
a couple of satellites in the past, and the brain quickly identifies the object correctly and the object is then percieved by that person as being a
satellite many 10's of km away.
Now lets say that the satellite suddenly starts to brighten till it's as bright as a cresent moon (there are some satellites, known as "Iridiums"
that can do this), which quite a few people out there might not expect. If our brains have no past experience of something like that happening before,
and no idea how it could happen, we now have a conflict.
The person (or their brain) expects satellites to be dim based on their preconceived ideas (everyone has them, and there is nothing wrong in that up
to a point), and now that it is not, the brain starts clutching at straws to try and work out what is going on. The brain is torn between "it looks
bright so it must be close", and "it's just a satellite". One thing contradicts another - "it can't be a satellite because satellites don't do
that", and the brain experiences a "fart". You know this is happening when the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, and your jaw drops!
The point I'm trying to make here with this hypothetical example is basically this:
The inbuilt problems all of us have with judging distance, size, etc can sometimes make something that is perfectly identifable seem totally different
if something unexpected (perhaps "rare" by the average person's standards but otherwise normal) happens.
Everyone will perceive the same thing slightly (and sometimes completely) differently as PMNUtah
quite rightly pointed out, based on their own
experience and knowlege of the world around them.