UFO Contemplation

Friday, June 28, 2013

Larry's Venn Diagram

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Larry provides his Venn Diagram with this explanation:

Here's my cut at a Venn diagram for categorizing UFO reports.  I have chosen logical categories in such a way that no more than 2 of them overlap simultaneously, so I can use rectangles rather than circles, but this diagram conveys the same basic logic.

Some explanations and definitions:

I define an honest observer as one who will report his/her observations with no intention to deceive or mislead.  It is assumed that all UFO reporters except those who are psychologically impaired will know whether or not there was an objectively real stimulus present in their environment that gave rise to their report. An honest UFO reporter would make no report of any kind if they had not witnessed some objectively real stimulus.

A rationally dishonest observer is someone who is not psychologically impaired and is therefore capable of knowing whether or not there was an objectively real stimulus present in their environment that gave rise to their report but nevertheless chooses to create a false UFO report in order to accomplish some rational objective (fame, fortune, disinformation, prank, ego satisfaction, etc.) in the absence of such a stimulus.

A psychologically impaired individual is someone who does not reliably and systematically operate on the reality principle, for whatever reason.  He/she may not understand the distinction between truth and falsity, may be a pathological (as compared to a rational) liar, may be subject to hallucinations and delusions, etc.  Hence, a UFO report made by such an individual may contain nothing but truth, nothing but falsity, or any combination of the two.

Click HERE to see Larry's Venn full-screen on your monitor.

RR

PurrlGurrl's Venn Diagram

Taking the challenge of producing a Venn Diagram which could be used to clarify the UFO controversy, our regular, PurrlGurrl, provided this:

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Click HERE to see it full-scale on your computer monitor.

RR