Originally posted by Bleeeeep
reply to post by LoveisanArt
Most people will dismiss the notion of aliens, even after hearing of countless testimonies to their existence, because it doesn't fit into their world
view. Their skepticism is a defense mechanism of the brain called cognitive dissonance.
Those who do not dismiss the evidence, forthright, will use their confirmation biased evidence to try to debunk or deflect others' evidence, because
they desire self-affirmation.
In short: They suffer from a psychological defect that everyone, or most everyone, suffers from.
And for the record, I think most aliens are fallen angels, and you are being fooled by them - but I'll save that for another topic.
requires you to hold two opposing views at equal value.
If you want to talk Psychology, I suggest you looking into Grandiosity
, and Schizotypy
to name a
few elements quite common among any sort of believer demographic whether we're speaking UFOs, Religion, or any other topic that commonly attracts a
following of adherents who commonly rely more on faith than any real evidence.
The problem with such adherents to topical matter requiring more faith in absence of a physical foundation is that this faith requires a huge ordeal
of rationalization, and speculation that over time gives birth to whole hosts of fantasy that with sympathetic faith fueled subconscious collusion
aided by memetic self propagating reinforcement (the idea is a catchy tune) the ideas and speculations then evolve from speculation and fantasy into
statements of 'truth'.
Believe it long enough, and infect others with that same belief, you've got yourself a 'truth', regardless its actuality or non-actuality.
Such is how fantasies become "true". Certain people want something to be true so badly, when someone comes along and says so, they then parrot the
idea so often where if the idea is indeed a catchy tune, the idea spreads and then becomes "true", but only in the sense of being "true" through the
strength of belief of its adherents.
Classical cult mentality is often brought about through such mechanism supplied by a leading personality. Where it comes to the UFOlogy circus,
there's a number of personalities clamoring for attention to pass on whatever "truth" they're selling.
None of this has any foundation in reality.
However, part of the defense mechanism built into this whole fantasy network is to ridicule actual reality, and any other competing idea that could
undermine the amazing fantastic special-ness of whatever ideology or belief is campaigning for followers.
All these fantasies and ideas compete and through memetic competition and natural selection they have to be THE idea, THE truth, and the ONLY ONE.
You may want to take a look at the evolution of a Meme
(not just some picture with a catchy phrase on
This is one of the reasons why there's such hostility from the believer camp of any ideology, especially where, a competing ideology is perceived a
Science, on the other hand, doesn't require all this cult behavior. Science requires something that can be figuratively poked at with a stick,
whether that stick is math, a super collider, a microscope, radio antenna, careful measurements and combinations of chemicals, or any other number of
Observations need be repeatable so, when you say "Eureka!", other people can replicate the same steps to produce the same results, so that Eureka is
heard around the world instead of a single room in a lab.
Find a new star in the sky, a comet, or some other something, take it's position, confirm its position, check its position again just to make sure,
then report so that other people can confirm.
On the otherhand, if you find a new star in the sky, or some other something, and just run around in circles saying "I know what I saw", the
observation is absolutely worthless because no one else can confirm it.
If it can't be confirmed/replicated your observation is essentially worthless.
Whatever the case, provide some real empirical evidence and you'll have a skeptic on your side. Provide ANY evidence contrary to a
belief to a believer, and you only get a defensive believer.
edit on 25-11-2012 by Druscilla because: (no reason given)