posted on Mar, 28 2009 @ 01:34 PM
Great thread. I was thinking of starting something similar regarding grossly premature and baseless "debunking" claims and especially when
alternative explanations are presented on flimsy to no evidence. I posted something regarding this in another thread which I feel is relevant and I
hope you don't mind me posting it here too Plato.
There is an incredible double standard with regard to the evidence that is deemed acceptable in support of the ETH and that which is deemed sufficient
to "prove" alternative explanations to it. Almost nothing is ever accepted as valid "evidence' for ET/UFOs, and yet the flimsiest non-evidence or
obvious hearsay accompanied by brash proclamation is usually enough to have an alternative explanation immediately accepted as "fact" (and repeated
as such, if ever the case is raised again): "It's an X. Sorry. Case closed. Debunked. Deny ignorance." or "Nothing to see here. This was already
debunked in another thread. The fact is, it's an X".
With regard to this issue:
On Pseudo-Skepticism, a commentary by Marcello Truzzi:
"Since the true skeptic does not assert a claim, he has no burden to prove anything. He just goes on using the established theories of
"conventional science" as usual. But if a critic asserts that there is evidence for disproof, that he has a negative hypothesis --saying, for
instance, that a [UFO] was actually due to an artifact--he is making a claim and therefore also has to bear a burden of proof...Sometimes, such
negative claims by critics are also quite extraordinary--for example, that a UFO was actually a giant plasma. In such cases the negative claimant also
may have to bear a heavier burden of proof than might normally be expected.
Critics who assert negative claims, but who mistakenly call themselves "skeptics," often act as though they have no burden of proof placed on them
at all, though such a stance would be appropriate only for the agnostic or true skeptic. A result of this is that many critics seem to feel it is only
necessary to present a case for their counter-claims based upon plausibility rather than empirical evidence."
[edit on 28-3-2009 by Malcram]