posted on Mar, 18 2013 @ 05:51 PM
Originally posted by Blue Shift
One of the better arguments I've ever heard for the Trent photos being authentic was expressed by several of the original researchers when they were
discussing it on the old UFO Update List a few years back.
They said that after having personally talked with Trent, they thought he was a pretty unsophisticated farmer type and simply didn't
have the brains to figure out such a good hoax. I thought there was a chance he got lucky.
This is a problem I see voiced to varying degree time and time again.
"He/she was honest simple folk"
"He/she didn't seem sophisticated enough to pull off such an elaborate ... "
"That one armed farmer (Meier) couldn't possibly have ..."
It's a fallacy to underestimate the ingenuity or cleverness of anyone put to any question.
In the greater forum of the UFO topic, the overwhelming propensity for most reports and claims to be the stuff of either misidentification and/or
embroidery and/or outright hoax is substantial enough to discount ALL witness testimony as either inaccurate or potentially false until any or all (if
any) corroborating evidence is tested and verified.
Reports reliant solely on eye-witness testimony should be largely ignored as having any real relevance except where corroborating evidence comes to
light expressing support as real data.
In cases as described above where a hoax is perpetuated, testimony only serves as misdirection and obfuscation of the fraud.
Thus, testimony should be the least and last of any data examined.
edit on 18-3-2013 by Druscilla because: (no reason given)