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As most credible UFOlogists readily admit, proving that extraterrestrial spacecraft have visited our planet is a maddeningly difficult chore. “The hassle over the word "proof" boils down to one question: What constitutes proof?”
Edward J. Ruppelt, who headed the U.S Air Force’s secret investigation of UFOs in the early 1950s, once wrote. “Does a UFO have to land at the River Entrance to the Pentagon, near the Joint Chiefs of Staff offices? Or is it proof when a ground radar station detects a UFO, sends a jet to intercept it, the jet pilot sees it, and locks on with his radar, only to have the UFO streak away at a phenomenal speed? Is it proof when a jet pilot fires at a UFO and sticks to his story even under the threat of court-martial? Does this constitute proof?”
Leslie Keen, author of the 2011 book “UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go on the Record,” has noted that in roughly 90 to 95 percent of UFO sightings, observers turn out actually to have seen weather balloons, ball lightning, flares, aircraft, and other mundane phenomena. But another five to 10 percent of sightings are not so easily explainable, but that’s not the same as demonstrating that they are extraterrestrial in origin. Nevertheless, she argues, the hypothesis that UFOs are visitors from other worlds “is a rational one, and must be taken into account, given the data that we have.”
Here is some of the most compelling evidence for that hypothesis:
1: The long, documented history of sightings.
2: Numerous modern sightings by credible, well-trained professional observers.
3: Consistencies in the descriptions of purported alien ships
4: Possible physical evidence of encounters with alien spacecraft.
5: Documented physiological effects on UFO witnesses
Originally posted by DJW001
They are hyping a new series. National Geographic used to be a fine institution dedicated to exploring little known regions of the world. Now it's just another mass media conglomerate looking to push advertising time. They've gone down market. Sad.
Originally posted by VeniVidi
Just my opinion.
NatGeo is in the entertainment business to make money. Executives try to supply this entertainment based on what they believe the public wants. Paranormal has been a hot item in the last several years. I think a lot of it comes from the 2012 theories. I remember when all the Ghost Hunter programs started coming out. I couldn't believe that people were being drawn into these programs. One of them was a paranormal show, and in almost every episode the spirits threw a pebble at the hosts. It was so ridiculous, but people were drawn in. Why? In my opinion people are looking for proof that there is life after death. No one wants to believe that a box in the ground is the final chapter. I believe that the ones most likely drawn in are those that have no particular religious belief. Most Christians do not need proof of life after death.
As for the UFOs. A lot of people have seen and experienced things that they can't explain. UFO shows and books (and sites like ATS) offer them an answer to their mystery. Even the non believers are drawn into these shows even if it is just to reinforce their non belief.
Paranormal is big business for the entertainment industry, and big business means big money.
Originally posted by anon72
reply to post by autowrench
I have to say that the argument, for me, comes down to a question I ask a good bit..
What makes more sense.
Humans crawling as some fish from the sea and the growing to become a human?