From: Tim Shell <tshell.nul> Date: Fri, 06 Feb 2004 08:37:20 -0600 Fwd Date: Fri, 06 Feb 2004 13:12:15 -0500 Subject: Re: The Beveridge UFO - Shell >From: Diane Harrison <auforn.nul> >To: ufoupdates.nul, >Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2004 07:09:09 +1000 >Subject: Re: The Beveridge UFO >The Christmas Beetle is common in all parts of Australia their >colors vary from brown to gold to silver - they are most common >around Christmas time hence the name and can be seen throughout >January. So it could either be a Christmas beetle or a flying saucer popping out of isospace. I'll buy that. As long as we're able to narrow it down. See, the point is, without additional factual evidence, your "coulda" is just as valid as my "coulda." The fact Christmas beetles are common in the area around the time the photo was taken might seem to have more weight to it as an explanation, but it's a logical fault. The most we can say is that something caused a reaction in the pixels in the camera. It could have been a Christmas beetle. It could have been a fault in the camera. It could have been a flying saucer from Tralfamadore. Some couldas make the whole thing easier to dismiss than others, though. And it's a natural human tendency to want to explain and categorize things. If you follow the thread of the discussion, that's what you'll see happening. Presented with an unknown, we've tried to squeeze as much factual data out of it as possible, and when that got nowhere, we reduced our frustration level by introducing a list of possible (although logically irrelevant) "explanations." My thought is that we just settle down and learn to live with the idea that when presented with something like this, we just admit our ignorance. We don't know. The photo is inconclusive given the evidence we have. Then we move on, but keep our eyes open in case something else like it shows up again. Again, because ufo study has very limited resources, time management becomes very important. Analyze, report, file, move on.
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