My e-mail is often larded with interesting nuggets, similar to this revelation:
“The aliens are in touch. Whenever i take advantage of my computer, they underline certain strange words in the screen . It is a note.”
Possibly. Then again, probably the correspondent should turn off the spell-check on his word processor.
It’s as predictable as a sitcom that is low-grade but every day I arrive at my office comprehending that before visit this site here quitting time, I will get one or more telephone call or e-mail from somebody who has news so startling, it must rock the entire world like Mick Jagger on tour. Generally, these people are ringing or writing to report something strange when you look at the sky or an oddity in a photo. 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, each of whom are patently sincere, mostly want to share incontrovertible evidence of alien presence or influence. A claim that is few are suffering from a breathtaking theory of physics that renders all graduate-level courses in the subject obsolete.
Either could be knowledge of a order that is high. Either would alter the future trajectory of humankind. I should feel flattered that someone wants us to be one of the primary to know.
Within the years, i have dealt with 1000s of such communications, and I also suppose it’s inevitable that i have become slightly jaded by the stories — that are largely repetitive. It is hardly a secret that I’m skeptical of declarations that the aliens are out and about on our world.
Still, I attempt to answer each one of these mails and phone calls because, in the end, it is not a violation of physics to travel from one star system to another. 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 inflexible mind-set is one of the two principal arguments produced by the UFO community to explain why mainstream scientists are doubtful of their claims: They lament that pointy-headed scientists just won’t look at the evidence. So I take that as a caution.
Their other argument, that the evidence that is best is being hidden by the government, is silly. It implies a world-wide conspiracy of governments, in addition to an uncanny ability that is alien ensure that all proof of their presence is exclusively collectible by the military or secret federal agencies.
But i truly do endeavor to keep an open mind. In the end, anyone can make a scientific discovery. If that someone is outside of the cozy halls of academe, and unburnished by both credibility that is professional a wall of framed sheepskins, how do they make their case? Unlike the extensive research establishment, they neither know — nor would know — dealing with the refereed journals that are the billboards of science.
So they plead their case to someone they may be aware of or can easily find, like me.
However, I would like to offer an service that is FAQ those who would call or write with extraordinary claims. They are what to avoid, or at the least know about, before you reach for the phone or open your laptop:
1. Do not assure me that you have unique proof of aliens on the planet. Everyone says that. It really is a red flag. So just let me know what the evidence is.
2. Don’t ask us to journey to look at evidence. Write it up, or photograph it.
3. Do not expect me to “finish the analysis for you.” Newton didn’t ask some other person to work the details out of classical mechanics once he saw an apple fall.
4. If you’ve got mysterious objects in photos, seek the advice of a friend that is photographer. The majority 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 when you look at the lens. If the evidence is not any more than a bright blob in a photo, it is totally ambiguous and will not convince anyone.
5. Take into account that there are organizations that focus 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 that will help you much. They don’t really have the time, money or requisite background.
6. Don’t send e-mails to everyone you can easily think about, such as the current occupant for 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 don’t tell. Witness testimony could be the kind that is worst of evidence in science.
I do not promise to be convinced, but I really do attempt to listen.