Over the last several days, I have published Parts I, II and III on this subject. If you have not already read them, I ask that you please click on the following link(s) before continuing and read the first three parts of this 7-part article:
Now, on to Part IV: So, where are the empty beer cans and hamburger wrappers?
When arguing a case against visitation or abduction by so-called "aliens", most skeptics point to a perceived lack of physical evidence as one of the main precepts for their skepticism. As one skeptic put it, "If they [aliens] are running around all over our planet as the number of so-called sightings would suggest;Â where are their equivalents to the McDonald's hamburger wrappers and empty beer cans we humans leave behind in the environments that we frequent? Why is no physical evidence of their presence ever found?"
This would be a deal-breaking objection if it were not for the fact that the premise upon which it rests is completely without foundation. In fact, there are hundreds -- perhaps thousands -- of photographs of crafts or "saucers" and a myriad of other documentation and physical evidence which presently exists. These take various forms such as: photographs of depressions in soft ground, burned vegetation, charred earth (and even the burned skin of human observers), elevated radiation level readings, radar blips and even enigmatic objects claimed to have been left by so-called UFOs or their occupants.
The fact that skeptics might wish take issue on a case by case basis with the body of evidence that exists is one thing but, it is an entirely different matter for these same skeptics to claim that there is no evidence. This is a fallacy. There is evidence -- a great deal of it, as a matter of fact.
A better argument would be that they choose not to believe the evidence being offered is genuine or that they don't believe such evidence represents visitations by "aliens". These are both valid and debatable points. By claiming that no evidence which suggests the presence of UFOs or their occupants exists at all, however, serves only to weaken their own case. When I -- as a logical, rational person -- hear someone make such a blanket statement (which I know for a fact is patently false) it makes me wonder if the person who made it is simply in emotional or mental "denial" or if they might have some kind of covert "agenda".
One should take issue with the veracity of evidence if one has reason to suspect that it is genuine but to deny its existence completely when the evidence is tangible and can be produced by those who are making the claims is lunacy in its most innocent interpretation and suspicious behavior at its worst.
I would agree that there aren't any streamers, balloons or bands tuning up to announce these "aliens'" presences; however, it is my belief that there is a valid and important reason for this which I will address further on in this essay.
In determining its validity, logically, all of the physical evidence offered in support of visitations must be treated initially in the same way that we treat any first-hand testimony in support of a claim.
A primary rule of logic says that, if someone presents a claim of wrongdoing against them (ANY claim of wrongdoing), we must begin with the premise that it is genuine and accurate unless we can immediately identify one or more concrete, articulable reasons why it should not be believed.
Try as I might, I cannot seem to identify any logical, supportive reason why anyone would want manufacture such an outlandish claim as being abducted by strange looking aliens if that claim was not genuine. Such an action would either be a gesture in futility or the act of a deranged mind and, as I pointed out before, there is no evidence in the medical/psychological histories of the overwhelming majority of alien abductees to suggest that they have any mental or emotional imbalances whatsoever.
Assigning human will to the making of such a claim is reminiscent of the same type of limited thinking which asserts that homosexual tendencies are a conscious choice rather than beingÂ "inborn".
The glaring flaw in this line of reasoning becomes apparent when the person making this assertion cannot identify even one reason why any apparently sane, functioning person would want to assume a role that, given the negative view that the majority of people in the present social environment take of it, could only serve to their extreme detriment.
The fact is that all creatures have reasons for what they do and they don't do self-destructive things unless they are hopelessly insane.
Therefore, the sum total of the evidence and testimony that I am able to compile thus far regarding the reality of the existence of visitations and abductions of human beings by the occupants of UFOs leads me to only one conclusion:
The reports of visitations and abductions by beings described by people having experienced these visitations and abductions first-hand as being the occupants of so-called "UFOs" or "aliens"Â are, in all likelihood, genuine.
To conclude otherwise would be illogical, irrational, unscientific, unreasonable, specious, unsound and completely contrary to known, sane thought processes.
*** Two million people cannot all be liars.
*** A massive body of evidence (both physical and testimonial) exists which supports abductees' claims.
***Even the hint of a claim of abduction puts most abductees in jeopardy of losing everything they hold dear; therefore, there must be overriding basic need to report these criminal acts to which they have subjected in order to justify disclosing this information.
I also find the standard argument of most skeptics that self-professed abductees are seeking "attention" and/or "fame" simply doesn't "hold water". With exceptions so rare that they could be counted using the fingers of only one hand, abductees enjoy precious little in the way of emotional, financial or social reinforcement. 99.9% of the "attention" they do encounter is patently negative, downright dismissive and, more often than not, crudely insulting.
This is the point at which I fall-out, so to speak, with the majority of so-called "scientists" and that segment of the population over which they have influence. It appears to me to be as though the scientific community has turned one-hundred and eighty degrees from the traditions of true scientific investigation over the last century or so...
The model for scientific investigation is really quite simple. It is called "the Scientific Method":
1. Be madeÂ aware somehow that some type of phenomena has been observed which has yet to be explained by current scientific knowledge.
2. Record occurrences of the phenomena along with all of the other possible variables that accompany it.
3. Apply the known physical laws of chemistry, physics, psychology, medicine, etc. to attempt to explain it.
4. If No. 2, above, does not explain the phenomena, develop a new theory based upon known physical laws that might do so.
5. Develop an entire theory that explains the phenomena which fits the data that you have gathered.
6. Apply this theory to the phenomena.
7. Reproduce the results in as large a sampling as possible and record those results.
Increasingly, however, it appears that the role of the modern scientist is simply to deny the observed phenomena exists in the first place, cast aspersions upon the characters of those who report the phenomena and then refuse to investigate it or further discuss any possibility of its existence.
While this approach certainly lessens the overall scientific investigation workload, it does nothing whatsoever to advance the body of human knowledge.
How could those who call themselves "scientists" continue to refuse even to contemplate UFOs, alien visitations, psychic powers, hauntings, life-after-death and cryptozoologyÂ --Â worldwide enigmas about which so little is known? These are mysteries that, by all rights, should pique the interest of any naturally inquisitive person and should, even more so, a person who has ostensibly dedicated their life to finding the answers to Man's greatest questions. . .
Furthermore, how could one ever hope to DISprove the existence of any such phenomena if one refuses even to discuss it?
The very few scientists who have defied their peers' lethargy and derision and taken up experiments such as DNA testing of "Bigfoot" hair samples or radiation testing of soil samples from alleged UFO landing sites have very nearly been vocationally executed for doing so. They have been ostracized by their fellow scientists, libeled and slandered within the scientific community and made to feel as though they are "crack-pots" of the worst order -- all because they have attempted to find answers via the scientific method!
This is supposed to be the major duty of all "scientists". It's in their job descriptions...
The few commercial laboratories that even consent to conduct analyses of "paranormal related" materials make it a standard practice to require clients submitting such items to sign waivers in which they vow never to reveal the name of the lab that was paid to do the work. This is so because, in the past, labs have been black-balled (and later gone "belly-up") when the scientific community got wind of the nature of work they had done forÂ certain clients.
Never mind that the analysis of samples is what these laboratories are in business to provide or that they were paid the going rate to perform that work, or that they rendered the results dispassionately "by the book" and without preference. . .
When the scientific community overhears the name of some lab being whispered in the same sentence as that of a client known to associate with "things paranormal", that lab's work orders have a way of suddenly, radically and inexplicably diminishing after which its profits also seem to mysteriously take a nose-dive. . .
What has happened to the thirst for knowledge of such greats as Galileo, Da Vinci, Newton and Einstein? Has history taught us nothing about the rewards of divergent, original, investigative thinking? Have we completely forgotten how the greatest minds in the history of mankind were persecuted, ostracized, repressedÂ -- even executed -- for making discoveries that are now the foundations upon which every, single human scientific advancement has ever been made?Â Â Â
The stonewalling of law enforcement officers who refuse to give evidence or testimony in support of valid charges of neglect or abuse of duty against their fellow officers is called the "Thin Blue Line". . . I submit that there exists a "Thin White Line" throughout the scientific community which threatens those members who do not share its myopic views -- members who might have been able to make giant strides toward explaining any or all of the above-listed anomalies by now were they not threatened by the consequences of even contemplating research of this nature.
As a young scientist (who was considered to be one of the most promising "whiz kids" on the block a few years ago when he graduated with honors from a prestigious scientific university with an impeccable reputation) said recently after being branded by his former colleagues as a "crack-pot" for merely suggesting to a paranormal researcher the name of a lab that might analyze some hair samples the man had that he attributed to "Bigfoot": "It's vocational suicide. . ."
End of Part IV -- Tomorrow Part V:Â Why are these "alien" abductors so interested in human physiology?