I am not saying it is wrong, just that I am far from being convinced it is true.
I find it very problematic that, all things being equal, we believe without any reservation a mentally healthy and reliable witness reporting a drug traffic in his field, but ought to believe he has had extraordinary hallucinations occurring right at the just moment, if he reported having encountered an UFO and its occupants (leaving physical traces), like this occurred in the southern part of France and in other places all over the world.
It is my strong suspicion that in a small number of UFO cases something truly mysterious and unexplained is going on.
Yet like Dr. Jacques Vallee I also believe that the conclusion that the origin is extraterrestrial is not only premature but also contradicted by many things (he listed up), including the fact that our ancestors most likely encountered the same "aliens" under the form of elves, fairies, leprechauns and so and so forth.
His own pet theory is that the beings might come from a parallel universe, but he is also open to the possibility they might be a physical manifestation of our collective unconscious or mind.
I am clearly agnostic about this, all I believe is that UFO (which by definition JUST mean unidentified flying objects) are real by any normal standard of evidence.
Now I would like to hear your thoughts on that.
I first gave epistemological links to my blog because I think this really matters for this conversation, and I would probably have completely cluttered the post in an inelegant way if I had copied the content here.
What is more, not being a materialist, I fail to see why the possible nature of the Ufonauts mentioned above are extremely unlikely, so that even if the principle "extraordinary claim..." were to be true, I would not apply it in this situation because for me the existence of parallel realms is not implausible.
I hope both UFO-believers and deniers will participate in this discussion.
I lie probably somewhere between these extremes.
Cheers from Europe.
Edited by Lotharson, 12 December 2013 - 08:31 PM.