Originally posted by fadedface
However I'm personally unconvinced by the majority of the evidence put forward to support the extra terrestrial hypothesis. All the evidence I have
seen since the beginning of the ufo phenomenon seems to be slight and inconclusive and a lot is just charlatanry and hoaxes.
There are some compelling incidents though such as the Battle of Los Angeles and the lights over Washington DC in 52 but of course we don't know how
much a part the paranoia of the cold war played in this surge of sightings from the 40s to the 60s. I've also read about interesting incidents in
Brazil in the late 70s and the Rendlesham Forest incident in 1980.
So apart from a mere handful of incidents which genuinely defy explanation I think it is easy to dismiss the majority of sightings people report as
mistaken or hoaxes and this extends to the slew of photographs and videos which generally seem to be unconvincing.
edit on 15-7-2013 by fadedface because: spelling
I generally agree with your comments above. A few weeks ago on the History Channel or Science Channel I watched a show where they interviewed three
military personnel from the Rendlesham Forest incident. What was interesting was they said that even though this craft was right in front of them and
they could even touch it, they couldn't describe what it was or even know what it was. I understand they saw it take off. Based on the size and the
description they gave, it was not a manned craft. This is an interesting incident, but, goes to show that even if you totally believe these guys,
seeing something doesn't even prove anything! The craft they saw could have even been ours and we were just testing it. It could have been an alien
probe, but, these guys admitted, they simply don't know.
I believed in the Ancient Astronaut theory for a while. When the show started, I believed that since the History Channel was making money on the show
they would put some effort into upgrading the available evidence. In my view, more tangible evidence would mean higher ratings and a longer lasting
show. Instead, they made it into a joke. After the Bigfoot / Alien episode, I just can't watch it anymore. I am not sure of their ratings, but, I
am guessing it won't be around much longer.
What I have come to believe is that actual manned missions to our planet by ET, if they have occurred at all have been limited to a handful. However,
the lack of factual evidence surrounding these possible contacts, makes these cases of no further value. An example is the Ezekiel wheel story in the
Rather, the incidents you point to above are more indicative of unmanned probes whose computer technology is constitutes true artificial intelligence.
There have been enough sightings such as these that the potential for unmanned probes from other worlds is plausible. That is a plausible
explanation for the fact that there are sightings, but, we are never contacted and we can't catch them.
I am sure humans will reach out in a similar fashion to potentially habitable worlds in the future. What is the agenda? I am guessing to determine
if our world is habitable, simply to learn about other worlds in general and to determine if there is value related to making contact with us. We
have no idea if they can send messages from the probe to their world instantaneously, if they have the capability of sending manned probes here etc.
Therefore, it could be thousands of years before we are contacted.