hello Chrlzs, yes agreed.
but why would one choose to ridicule an anecdote or even dismiss it? I am not suggesting it should be blindly believed or that it constitutes scientific evidence...but to dismiss or ridicule I think is preventitive in making progress.
You can't very usefully apply the scientific method to an anecdote, as even if the anecdote is 100% true (to the person stating it), that information they are relating is what is stored in their brains. It is not a video or a photograph or a radar trace that can be analysed using technical principles. It is a subjective memory, affected by that person's experience (inc. the movies they've seen), desires, beliefs, ... etc.
Heres the rub, I dont see the major difference between an anecdote versus the video or photograph or even the radar trace. I say this to the extent that none of the above constitute the level of evidence required so why are they superior? maybe in establishing a hoax/misidentification etc but none can prove anything the other way. video and photo are subject to manipulation whilst a RADAR return can be caused by many things. Therefore they are as useful in trying to prove ET as an anecdote is IMO.
Things is, we have an absolute multitude of claimed sightings - and many alien=ET promoters will say that's all you need.
I say.. how is it that out of all those sightings, there isn't even one with compelling non-anecdotal evidence?
firstly the multitude of claims means little as even if there are 10000 and only 5 are real, how do we find the level of evidence needed within those five 'real' events? I dont see why evidence has to have been left behind? If the 10000 cases were all real then yes, maybe some evidence should have been left but this still doesnt equate to 'has to have been left behind'...
I would also add that you say 'compelling non anecdotal evidence'. Such as? as explored earlier -video, photos and RADAR do not constitute compelling evidence, right? which really leaves us with alien body or part of craft (I dont even think an unknown substance is enough), so I ask, if only an alien body or piece of craft will suffice, why should there be either ever left behind?