My e-mail is frequently larded with interesting nuggets, such as this revelation:
“The aliens are in touch. Whenever i personally use my computer, they underline certain strange words regarding the screen . It is an email.”
Possibly. On the other hand, perhaps the correspondent should turn off the spell-check on his word processor.
It’s as predictable as a sitcom that is low-grade but each and every day I get to my office comprehending that before quitting time, i am going to get at least one phone call or e-mail from anyone who has news so startling, it will rock the planet like Mick Jagger on tour. Generally, these folks are writing or ringing to report something strange into the sky or an oddity in an image. Occasionally they inform me that smooth-skinned beings from another world, clearly overstepping the bounds of polite behavior, have abducted them for a few hours of malicious molestation.
These correspondents, all of whom are patently sincere, mostly wish to share proof that is incontrovertible of presence or influence. A few claim to have developed a breathtaking theory of physics that renders all graduate-level courses when you look at the subject obsolete.
Either could be knowledge of a order that is high. Either would affect the future trajectory of humankind. I should feel flattered that someone wants me to be among the first to learn.
Over the full years, I’ve dealt with 1000s of such communications, and I suppose it’s inevitable that i have become slightly jaded by the stories — which are largely repetitive. It is hardly a secret that I’m skeptical of declarations that the aliens are on an outing on our planet.
Still, I you will need to answer every one of these mails and phone calls because, all things considered, it’s not a violation of physics to travel in one star system to some other. Difficult that I erect a shield against considering possible new evidence as it is, I resist the temptation to become so hardened in my skepticism.
Indeed, an mind-set that is inflexible one of several two principal arguments created by the UFO community to explain why mainstream scientists are doubtful of these claims: They lament that pointy-headed scientists just won’t consider the evidence. So I take that as a caution.
Their other argument, that the best evidence is being hidden by the government, is silly. It implies a world-wide conspiracy of governments, in addition to an uncanny alien power to make sure that all proof of their presence is exclusively collectible because of the military or secret federal agencies.
But i must say i do seek to keep an open mind. After all, anyone can make a scientific discovery. If that someone is beyond your cozy halls of academe, and unburnished by both professional credibility and a wall of framed sheepskins, just how can they generate their case? Unlike the extensive research establishment, they neither know — nor would know — how to approach the refereed journals which can be the billboards of science.
So they really plead their case to someone they may have heard of or can easily find, anything like me.
However, I would like to offer an service that is FAQ those that would call or write with extraordinary claims. They are things to avoid, or at the very least be familiar with, before you reach for the device or open your laptop:
1. Do not assure me which you have unique proof of aliens in the world. Everyone says that. It really is a red flag. So just tell me what the evidence is.
2. Don’t ask me to journey to look at evidence. Write it up, or photograph it.
3. Do not expect us to “finish the analysis for your needs.” Newton didn’t ask some other person to your workplace out of the details of classical mechanics once he saw an apple fall.
4. If you have mysterious objects in photos, check with a photographer friend first. Most of the supposed “otherworldly craft” i have seen on photos are either good candidates for airplanes or are well-known camera artifacts, such as for instance internal reflections within the lens. If for example the evidence is no more than a blob that is bright a photo, it’s totally ambiguous and will not convince anyone.
5. Take into account that there are organizations that concentrate on investigating UFO sightings and similar events. MUFON (the Mutual UFO Network) has a button on its home page where you can easily report a sighting. Most academic and research organizations are unlikely to help you much. They don’t have enough time, money or requisite background.
6. Do not send e-mails to any or all you are able to think about, such as the current occupant associated with the White House, the Pentagon, NASA and all sorts of the experts you’ve seen on TV — you satisfaction to pad their spam folders unless it gives.
7. Me”I know what I saw!” Everything you see is filtered through your visual system (imperfect) and your brain (also imperfect, despite what your mom told you) if I sound skeptical, please official source don’t tell. Witness testimony could be the worst kind of evidence in science.
I do not promise to be convinced, but I actually do attempt to listen.