It’s been a long time since I’ve talked with anyone who believes in alien visitations. I just don’t quite get the same spread of absurdity I did in my old days of being an active member of the JREF forums. I got reminded of the topic by a new post on Neurologica. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that the topic’s been declining in popularity thanks to the internet. It’s much easier to look up hoaxes, explanations, and descriptions of common illusions. Hint: A lot of UFOs are bugs.
I feel like throwing out some troll bait, so UFOlogists, give this humble skeptical blogger your best evidence.
I discover Yakaru has a blog! It’s got a good post on the front page right now: Blaming the Victim: Comments on Louise Hay. It deals with one of the familiar tropes in both religion and newage that serves to protect the higher-ups when they can’t make good on a promise. It’s given me some motivation to share my extended thoughts on newage culture.
You know, it’s been a long time since I’ve dealt with this topic. It’s been years since I’ve roasted an alien believer, and at least he struck me as original: He claimed Bigfoot is fuzzy in photos because he’s an interdimensional alien shapeshifting 12,000 times a second or something like that. Of course, that never really answered why the background was shapeshifting so much. Yeah, I said ‘original,’ not ‘convincing.’ But anyway, I feel like talking UFOs. Steven Novella recently covered a common variety. The evidence is always fuzzy pictures. The only exceptions I know of all turned out to be hoaxes that get exposed or even committed by skeptics. In the latter case, they’re deceiving believers specifically to teach them just how easily they can be deceived and hopefully learn not to be so trusting. Continue reading →