Friday, November 12, 2010

The Truth Is Out There

Apparently there's been a UFO sighted over Harpswell, Maine.  The footage (after the cut) was taken by YouTube user "ilikewhatimseeing", who says, "They show for me! That is the only explanation I have, I meditate and ask for sightings and this is the results. Thank you."

And since it is the only explanation you have, it must therefore be the only explanation, period.  There's a term for this kind of logical fallacy, called ad ignorantium (literally, "from ignorance").  Basically an ad ignorantium argument's premise is we don't know everything about something, therefore it must be something supernatural.  Examples include "I don't know what made that light, therefore it must be aliens" and "We don't know everything about evolution, therefore God created everything."  The latter is also known as the "God of the gaps" argument, and is a favorite of believers.  Hey, you know, that's cool; if you want to believe that the thing you can't understand must therefore be the thing you want it to be, you can.  Just don't expect me to have to think the same thing and we'll be fine.

But perhaps I digress.

It is possible, though highly unlikely, that aliens are hanging out over Harpswell, Maine and chose to make themselves visible to this person just as he was listening to a radio program about UFOs.  Or maybe, just maybe, the human mind is fallible and is "seeing" what he wants to see.

Whatever the case, there's a long road between "I don't know what that is" and determining for certain that it's an alien spacecraft.  It's important to rule out every other logical possibility first, and we don't have enough information here to be able to do that.

Anyway, check out the video, and let me know what you think in the comments.


  1. Unimpressive. It seems much more likely that it was an aircraft.

  2. Hi Anon, welcome and thanks for commenting!

    I'm leaning to reflected lights myself; the background radio noise and lack of wind noise in the mic (although the treetops are blowing around) suggests that our cameraman is indoors and could therefore be pointing his camera at a window that's reflecting lights from behind him.

    That's a possibility, and even if that's not the case, there are still many "could be"s to rule out before arriving at the conclusion of alien spacecraft.