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I think this superficial treatment comes from the fact a lot of Skeptics are absolutely uncomfortable with these types of topics so details that they cannot easily explain away are ignored or rationalized away. Combined with the tremendous bias they have going into this and combined with the contempt they have for " wooers" it creates an atmosphere where critical evaluation of the paranormal claim is the exception and not the rule.

It’s an approach that’s adopted when challenges are made to most areas outside the mainstream as far as I can see: ‘construct an argument that supports your position and ignore any elements that don’t fit’.

It reminds me of the skeptical explanation of the multiple UFO sightings around airbases in the 1950s and 1960s where it is put forward that these are misidentified 'Project Grab Bag' balloon launches, as well as other balloon launches.

However, once I delved a bit further into these cases, I discovered that the UFOs were spotted by pilots *while* they were flying and tracking Grab Bag balloons, at which point they were 'buzzed' by unknown disk shaped aircraft operating highly unconventionally, as with the Iranian encounter. So the pilots were reporting unidentified aircraft *at the same time* as they were tailing the balloons, so they were quite aware the UFOs were not the balloons, as they already had the balloons in their sights. Evidently something else was taking a keen interest in the balloon launches, but as to what, we still don't know!

Once again, an apparent 'debunking' which doesn't hold weight once you scratch beneath the surface, something that most people never bother doing.

As citizens, shouldn't we be concerned that there are unidentified aircraft flying around our airspace, 'buzzing' military and commercial flights, and yet we seem to be sticking our heads in the sand about it?

Great analysis, Michael.

Yeah, the Skeptic comes across as a non-critical thinker in this case. No surprise.

I'd also like to point out, related to my recent guest post...

I have no doubt the observers saw what they saw. Jupiter? Pish.

But think about what they saw in terms of an actual spacecraft (with intelligent biological life inside) or even space probes and... it makes no sense.

This is the "Christmas tree" light show I was talking about. There is no mechanical, scientific, or military purpose for such equipment. Our own stealth bombers don't need to have lights on and do a pretty good job of not showing up on radar. Add whatever propulsion system the presumed ET craft use to our stealth bombers, and you already have better tech.

Further, not all UFOs have lights, and not all UFOs show up on radar, so ET tech already exists, presumably, if the ETs do not wish to be obvious.

The only purpose I can imagine for such Christmas tree UFOs is to put on such a show for humans to notice and react to.

\\"As citizens, shouldn't we be concerned that there are unidentified aircraft flying around our airspace, 'buzzing' military and commercial flights, and yet we seem to be sticking our heads in the sand about it?" Douglas//
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Not much we can do about it? I find it difficult enough to deal with my day to day problems let alone sitting around worrying about stuff that I have absolutely no control over? Until they land on the White House lawn and announce themselves to the world their presence here doesn't affect my life one way or another?

Unlike the question of death and what comes after - which I know for a fact that one day will happen to me - UFO's don't seem to have any effect whatsoever on my day to day life? It's fun and interesting to think about them once in a while but the truth of the matter is I've never seen one and it doesn't seem to affect me at all?

And it's not like we can do anything to them anyway? We can't shoot them down, we can't catch them, we can't communicate with them. Nothing. It's not the same as life after death where we have near death experiences and deathbed visions and other life after death evidence. UFO's are just a phenomena that seem to exist but we don't know what they are or why they are here?

Its what some call "scientism" among the skeptics once again. Dogmatic belief in only the currently accepted way things are.

That spell won't be broken unless something major that can't be denied anymore happens. Like one of those reported giant UFOs crashing in a city and unable to be covered up by any measure.

"This is the "Christmas tree" light show I was talking about. There is no mechanical, scientific, or military purpose for such equipment." - Matt

I think that you once again make an important observation. I'm inclined to agree with you. However, I still reserve a small amount of skepticism re; JV's and your point. Say, maybe 10% to 15% possible that what was seen is a nuts and bolts UFO that just happened to have glowing Christmas tree like lights for reasons unfathomable to us (or, perhaps, because it wanted to get our attention for motives unknown).

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