From: Rick Nielsen <nilthchi.nul> Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2011 19:23:34 -0800 (PST) Archived: Sat, 26 Feb 2011 07:34:01 -0500 Subject: Alien Abduction - What's Left? The following is not rigorous science. It's not even science; just some topics for possible further discussion. After Jacobs and Hopkins, what do we have left? We have everything else that wasn't obtained with lacking ethics, or hypnotic regression, including: - Anecdotal testimony - Sleep paralysis - Implants - Scoop-marks and scars What else is there? And what are the causes and who are the "abductors"? Again, excluding data obtained unethically and hypnotic regression, we're left with: - No one except the "abductee"/"experiencer" - Military disinformation groups - Non-military disinformation groups - Criminal perpetrators - Extra-terrestrials, fairies, leprechauns, jinn, etc. What else? Is the evidence sound? Is Occam's Razor appropriate here? Per Wikipedia, Occam's Razor "is a principle that generally recommends selecting the competing hypothesis that makes the fewest new assumptions, when the hypotheses are equal in other respects. For instance, they must both sufficiently explain available data in the first place." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occam%27s_razor Are the conclusions repeatable? Can the human sources be treated appropriately? Again per Wikipedia: "A good experiment usually tests a hypothesis. However, an experiment may also test a question or test previous results. It is important that one knows all factors in an experiment. It is also important that the results are as accurate as possible. If an experiment is carefully conducted, the results usually either support or disprove the hypothesis. An experiment can never "prove" a hypothesis, it can only add support. However, one repeatable experiment that provides a counterexample can disprove a theory or hypothesis. An experiment must also control the possible confounding factors -- any factors that would mar the accuracy or repeatability of the experiment or the ability to interpret the results. "Francis Bacon was an English philosopher and scientist in the 17th century and an early and influential supporter of experimental science. He disagreed with the method of answering scientific questions by deduction and described it as follows: =E2=80=9CHaving first determined the question according to his will, man then resorts to experience, and bending her to conformity with his placets, leads her about like a captive in a procession.=E2=80=9D Bacon wanted a method that relied on repeatable observations, or experiments. He was notably the first to order the scientific method as we understand it today." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Experiment Or are we at the mercy of "catching in the act" the act of abduction? Are any of the previous questions "right questions"? Until we know better, we're only a majority of silly old gray- haired men having some fun at guessing in the dark. Aren't we now? Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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