UFO Conjecture(s)

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Suggestion(s) for keeping an open mind about UFOs

A paper by Jonathan E Adler about the "argument from ignorance" and how to keep an open mind (for a few readers here):

http://fkbureau.homestead.com/openmind.htm

RR

3 Comments:

  • Thanks for sharing this essay inasmuch as I read the book in question and dismissed the conclusion for the same reason. The weighing of probability as an open door without qualifiers combined with an absence of evidence leads also to one of my pet peeves which are pseudo terminologies that become popular culture definitions without defining anything
    Portal, UFO, Demon, etc, etc. Words take on a life of their own while being constituted by imagination. Another variation is a series of similar events being attributed to a single cause like a magical “silver bullet” rather than a combination of causes, or several differing causes creating what appears to be the same effect. Hoaxes, misidentifications, actual events, somehow become reduced to a single cause as in the case of UAP as if one cause satisfies all and then that creates faux debates over reductionism and wordplay based on imaginary terms as in UFO as an “object” ( IE: none of this happened versus “extraterrestrials as a single cause).

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Saturday, October 25, 2014  

  • I find Adler's dismissal of the possible reality of UFOs as an "argument from ignorance", itself ignorant. He presents the quote,

    ". . . just because UFOs and their occupants defy our laws of physics does not mean there are not further laws of physics we have not as yet discovered or do not as yet comprehend. . . . (Bryan 1995, 422)"

    as an example of such ignorance.

    It turned out that about 3 years after the publication of that quotation, the Hubble Space Telescope made the first observations of the Type 1A Supernovae that most cosmologists take to be evidence for the existence of "Dark Energy" throughout the cosmos. "Dark Energy" is PRECISELY an example of a law of physics that had not--at that time--been discovered and is still not well comprehended. Moreover, it produces the type of modification in the space-time metric that is called for if "Stargates" are to be possible.

    Adler was the ignorant one.

    By Blogger Larry, at Saturday, October 25, 2014  

  • RR

    Great read. Thanks.

    In no way do I think it was ignorant.

    BD

    By Blogger Bryan Daum, at Sunday, October 26, 2014  

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