reply to post by Komodo
As I continue to maintain:
Because I don't know, that doesn't give me automatic license to start making up stupid fantasies.
I'm comfortable with UNKNOWN. I'm quite happy and fine with leaving the UNKNOWN label on something until there's data enough to give sufficient
indication into whatever may be attributable as cause.
If there's not enough data, and never enough data occurs, then, it stays UNKNOWN.
How difficult is that to understand?
Staying with UNKNOWN is far MORE
OPEN-MINDED than the craziest of loopity stupidy nutter poopity anyone could ever imagine and lay claim to
requirement for open-mindedness to "understand" it.
Unknown encompasses and leaves room for ALL possibilities and impossibilities.
It's the proper objective position.
Until there's data enough to suggest something, something that can be confirmed through additional similar observation and even tested, then, it
stays unknown, regardless the propensity of people lacking the intellectual facility to understand this concept wanting to super-glue whatever their
favorite cartoon character alien face is on the whole thing.
Just as nature is described as abhorring a vacuum, People abhor a 'vacuum', or unknown even more and feel the overwhelming urge to fill it with
something they can 'understand' or think they can understand.
Aliens have a face.
You can hug an alien.
You can do kinky things you're ashamed to talk about with an alien, and it's okay.
You can carry on with secret invisible imaginary telepathic conversations with an alien.
Thus, for these reasons and more, people just HAVE TO have their little alien fantasy because it gives way much more than any possibility it's just
naturally occurring phenomenon.
If ti's naturally occurring phenomenon, just something we don't understand as of yet, something like plasma balls, ball lightning, earth lights, or
something else, that would certainly account for claimed accounts dating back to the prehistoric.
We're always projecting agency or our own selves on anything we don't understand. We've a huge tendency to stuff things into an anthropomorphic
box by putting a face on things, giving things human sounding names, genders, projecting personalities among other things.
People name their cars, or other possessions.
Every cartoon animal on the planet talks and exhibits human personality traits.
We're constantly injecting ourselves into everything.
It's thus no effing wonder people are so easily self-convinced there's some kind of other intelligence at work.
oooooo, what is that? I dunno. I must be aliens.
Aliens are just a warped projection of ourselves, a placeholder we can model into anything we want to fit whatever fantasy we desire.
Thus, until we have data strong enough to indicate there's any such thing as actual aliens (besides the 2nd grader statistics argument) actually
visiting us, UFOs where they are not found to be attributable to any known phenomenon will remain responsibly UNKNOWN.
Anyone that wants to traipse about with whatever they want to fantasize about, feel free. Run around naked wearing blinking assorted X-mas tree
lights all over at night trying to signal the space brothers and sisters for all I personally care. Have fun.
If aliens show up, then, woo hoo. Good for you. Get yo freak on, and while doing so, try convincing your bug-eyed booty buddies to come out of the
closet, maybe even on Pride Day so the rest of us can meet them.