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Alien Abduction - What's Left?

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?




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