Contact With Aliens? Think Before You Decide To Call.

My e-mail is generally larded with interesting nuggets, like this revelation:

“The aliens have been in touch. They underline certain strange words on the screen whenever I use my computer . It really is a message.”

Possibly. Then again, probably the correspondent should turn off the spell-check on his word processor.

It really is as predictable as a sitcom that is low-grade but each and every day I get to my office understanding that before quitting time, I will get one or more phone call or e-mail from anyone who has news so startling, it must rock the whole world like Mick Jagger on tour. Generally, these folks are writing or ringing to report something strange into the sky or an oddity in a photograph. Occasionally they inform me that smooth-skinned beings from another world, clearly overstepping the bounds of polite behavior, have abducted them for a couple hours of malicious molestation.

These correspondents, all of whom are patently sincere, scam mostly desire to share proof that is incontrovertible of presence or influence. A claim that is few allow us a breathtaking theory of physics that renders all graduate-level courses into the subject obsolete.

Either could be familiarity with a order that is high. Either would alter the trajectory that is future of. I will feel flattered that someone wants us to be among the first to know.

Throughout the full years, I’ve dealt with tens and thousands of such communications, and I also suppose it is inevitable that I’ve become slightly jaded by the stories — which are largely repetitive. It really is hardly a secret that I’m skeptical of declarations that the aliens are on an outing on our world.

Still, I attempt to answer every one of these mails and phone calls because, after all, it is not a violation of physics to visit from a single star system to another. Difficult that I erect a shield against considering possible new evidence as it is, I resist the temptation to become so hardened in my skepticism.

Indeed, an mind-set that is inflexible one of the two principal arguments made by the UFO community to spell out why mainstream scientists are doubtful of the claims: They lament that pointy-headed scientists just will not consider the evidence. Therefore I take that as a caution.

Their other argument, that the best evidence is being hidden by the government, is silly. It implies a world-wide conspiracy of governments, in addition to an uncanny alien capacity to make sure that all proof of their presence is exclusively collectible because of the military or secret federal agencies.

But I really do seek to keep an open mind. All things considered, anybody can make a scientific discovery. And if that someone is beyond your cozy halls of academe, and unburnished by both professional credibility and a wall of framed sheepskins, how can they make their case? Unlike the research establishment, they neither know — nor would know — how to approach the refereed journals that are the billboards of science.

So they plead their case to someone they might have heard of or can easily find, anything like me.

However, I wish to offer an FAQ service for those who would call or write with extraordinary claims. They are things to avoid, or at the very least be familiar with, before you reach for the phone or open your laptop:

1. Do not assure me that you have unique proof of aliens in the world. Everyone says that. It’s a flag that is red. So just let me know what the data is.

2. Don’t ask me to travel to see the evidence. Write it up, or photograph it.

3. Do not expect me to “finish the analysis for your needs.” Newton did not ask another person to your workplace out the details of classical mechanics once he saw an apple fall.

4. If you have mysterious objects in photos, seek the advice of a photographer friend first. Most of the supposed “otherworldly craft” i have seen on photos are generally candidates that are good airplanes or are well-known camera artifacts, such as for instance internal reflections in the lens. Should your evidence isn’t any more than a bright blob in a photo, it is totally ambiguous and won’t convince anyone.

5. Remember that you can find organizations that concentrate on investigating UFO sightings and events that are similar. MUFON (the Mutual UFO Network) has a button on its home page where a sighting can be reported by you. Most academic and research organizations are unlikely to assist you much. They don’t have enough time, money or background that is requisite.

6. Don’t send e-mails to any or all you can think about, including the current occupant for the White House, the Pentagon, NASA and all the experts you have seen on TV — unless it provides you satisfaction to pad their spam folders.

7. If I sound skeptical, please don’t let me know “I know what I saw!” anything you see is filtered during your visual system (imperfect) along with your brain (also imperfect, despite exactly what your mom told you). Witness testimony may be the worst kind of evidence in science.

I don’t promise to be convinced, but I actually do attempt to listen.