Originally posted by Brighter
reply to post by Druscilla
I'm consistently amazed at your inability to think clearly about this subject. Most of your recent posts, where you focus on these supposed
psychological 'issues' of UFO witnesses, as opposed to focusing on the content of their observations, are examples of another basic logical fallacy
called an ad hominem argument.
An ad hominem argument is one in which someone focuses on the character of the person making the claim, as opposed to focusing on the claim
itself. It is often employed by someone who knows that they don't have much of an actual argument to counter the person's claims, so they feel backed
into a corner and begin attacking the person's character.
This is a common technique by the debunkers / deniers, especially the ones who are aware of the enormous amount of evidence for the existence of UFOs,
as it represents their last chance at trying to save a shred of self-esteem as they watch their preconceived beliefs about the world fall to
The enormous irony in all of this is that the recourse to ad hominem attacks that question someone's psychological stability is itself an
emotional lashing-out, as all reason is thrown out the door.
This might be true if I was claiming that all 100% of every witness account were the product of a psycho-social disorder.
I do not.
I do, however, lay claim that a large part of the phenomenon, in fact a larger majority of reported claims than you may suspect are the result of
As stated in my above post, yes, there is indeed a UFO phenomenon. Whatever it is, we as of yet know.
The phenomenon is also well know as an attractant for magical thinking personalities. This is held up time and again in studies conducted to examine
the topic from the psychological perspective.
The malleability of memory for instance:
Construction of Space Alien
Yes, there is a UFO phenomenon, whatever it is, but, ignoring/denying the psycho-social aspects is high logical fallacy in and of itself.
Thus, if you're stating that the psycho-social elements involved with and around the UFO phenomenon are without any merit, then, I would suggest
taking another look at the data, as well as your own logical fallacy.
If you're truly interested in examining the topic, do so from all angles, and do so in enacting criticism against it as well. Embracing criticisms
against your favorite pony, to test it, and see if it holds up against such criticisms, even if you feel affronted that a criticism may be below the
belt, can only go toward making your hypothetical stronger, unless, of course, said criticisms knock it all down, then, you need start over.
Such is science. Pose your hypothetical, then brace for the criticism and review.
edit on 20-8-2012 by Druscilla because: (no reason given)