Respectful Insolence

His Noodliness walks (or flies) among us, and here’s the evidence.

Hey, it’s better than any “evidence” that I’ve seen supporting the existence of UFO’s or ghosts.

Comments

  1. #1 ericnh
    February 21, 2006

    That is one of the funniest and coolest things I’ve seen on the Net. Whoever put that together deserves an Academy Award.

  2. #2 Lee Billings
    February 21, 2006

    Awesome link!!!

    I don’t really intend to derail any spaghetti monster discussion here, but I’d like to make a quick point in response to your dig at convincing UFO evidence.

    There is a huge amount of evidence that supports the existence of UFOs. Besides things like radar tracking data, photographs and films, there is the even more important category of eyewitness accounts. And while it’s very easy to discount sightings by the Average (or Below Average!) Joe, only a fool would dismiss reports from astronauts, pilots, scientists, generals, presidents, and other intelligent, informed, reasonable people.

    UFO reports from astronauts, pilots and aerospace/atmospheric scientists are particularly interesting, because these individuals are often trained in observation and critical thinking and are usually pretty familiar with the various esoteric phenomena of the heavens that UFOs are so often ascribed to.

    There’s nothing pseudoscientific about pointing out that years of accumulated evidence from scores of highly-qualified observers indicate that there are things occurring in our atmosphere that we cannot remotely explain.

    Now, that being said, I would agree with you if you had stated that there isn’t excellent, unassailable evidence that UFOs are in fact extraterrestrial spacecraft. But to simply state that there isn’t evidence that the phenomenon of UFO sightings is real is blatantly wrong, as is the idea that every documented case has an easy scientific explanation.

  3. #3 Dave S.
    February 21, 2006

    Lee –

    For sure there some things that we see in the sky that are unidentified. However, the vast majority of objects at first unidentified are later identified as something completly mundane. The vast majority of photos or videos are either mundane objects or outright fakes. In those that are not, its unclear as to what the object even is.

    However there is a great deal of difference between seeing something in the sky that we can’t explain, and saying it’s an extraterrestrial craft. There is little in the way of evidence for the later. No alien bodies or clear unambiguous photos or bits of wreckage. Personal accounts, even by professionals, may have many other and more plausible explanations.

  4. #4 Lee Billings
    February 21, 2006

    Dave,

    Yes, the vast majority of objects initially unidentified are later found to have mundane explanations. Yes, the vast majority of photos/videos also have mundane explanations or are fakes. As you said, “In those that are not, its unclear as to what the object even is.”

    That means those remaining instances are unidentified flying objects, no? All I’m saying is, it’s silly to dismiss the personal accounts from well-qualified observers for lack of a simple plausible explanation. It’s better to just admit that we don’t know what the hell these well-qualified people saw and we can’t adequately explain it. Hence the term UFO.

    We’re on the same wavelength, really. Notice that I too made the point that there isn’t sufficient evidence to label UFOs as extraterrestrial spacecraft.

  5. #5 BronzeDog
    February 21, 2006

    All I’m saying is, it’s silly to dismiss the personal accounts from well-qualified observers for lack of a simple plausible explanation.

    I generally dismiss them because they’re eyewitness accounts. The source has little bearing on it.

  6. #6 Fragano Ledgister
    February 21, 2006

    This should win a lot of converts to Pastafarianism.

  7. #7 Orac
    February 21, 2006

    Lee,

    Although I see your point, that’s reading a lot into a quick one-off post that was meant as nothing more than a bit of humor.

  8. #8 Lee Billings
    February 22, 2006

    Orac,

    You’re right – apologies for the threadjack. Sometimes I let my contrarian nature get the best of me!

  9. #9 Dave S.
    February 23, 2006

    Lee said:

    We’re on the same wavelength, really. Notice that I too made the point that there isn’t sufficient evidence to label UFOs as extraterrestrial spacecraft.

    Agreed.

  10. #10 JesusMarine
    July 30, 2006

    For your viewing pleasure!

    http://jesusjustforyou.blogspot.com/

  11. #11 HCN
    July 30, 2006

    Sorry, JesusMarine, something is wrong with your blog. It only had a silly paragraph explaining the beginning of the world as “God did it” and no promised image. Try harder next time.

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