Where is everybody?
Not on Fermi ground…
Just over two years ago Mike Hallowell vomited a confused mess of an article over a page in the Shields Gazette, generally having a go at an imagined army of ‘rabid’ sceptics who dared to cast doubt on the belief that extra-terrestrials are visiting our planet in UFOs. I found nothing convincing in his argument, nor in his lengthy responses to my blog post dissecting his nonsense.
Tonight he’s tilting at sceptics again, regurgitating the same arguments, albeit with a twist at the end where he offers a different opinion on the source of UFOs. I could offer a similar robust critique to tonight’s article, but my original response pretty much stands up to the same teetering Jenga tower of logical fallacies. Essentially he’s trying a play on the Fermi paradox but without any serious analysis of elephant in the room: where is the convincing incontrovertible evidence? As Fermi said “Where is everybody?” All of the ‘sceptics’ I know agree that there is a good probability that there is life elsewhere in our galaxy of 300 billion stars, and further into the universe. Indeed, the ‘irrational’ Carl Sagan was hugely optimistic that life was out there. It would be sad if there wasn’t.
But that doesn’t mean ETs have been here (yet at least), and there’s nothing that definitively proves that they have. The best challenge Hallowell could muster for the lack of evidence was this painfully desperate gambit
One sceptic argued with me that “not a single piece of evidence exists that UFOS ever visited earth” .
This is a staggering claim, and one which could only be verified by searching every square inch of our planet – overground, underground, land-based and oceanic.
That’s right. His argument is ‘you can’t say there’s no evidence if you haven’t found that there’s no evidence’. Not a single piece of evidence has been found that flying horses exist or have existed either, but there are many people who suffer the delusion that flying horses existed. Perhaps evidence for them is underground or underwater somewhere.
The headline to the article was “UFO sceptics’ claims are wearing thin”, but the burden of proof doesn’t lie at the feet of sceptics, it’s with those who are making claims of visitations by ETs. Perhaps we will be visited one day, or perhaps it will be us who visit life on other worlds.
Amusingly, Hallowell spent nearly the whole article telling us how sceptics are wrong to doubt that extra-terrestrials have visited Earth, but then finishes with an astonishing
Do UFOs hail from other planets, and are their occupants truly extraterrestrial? Or, could they instead be interdimensional and hail from an alternate dimension or parallel world?
Personally I plump for the latter idea…
That’s right, he lambasts sceptics for not believing in something he doesn’t believe in.