Rational Explanations?

August 12, 2010

British X-Files describe secret UFO encounters

ufo 300Some cases subsequently received rational explanations, such as meteors burning up in the atmosphere, but many are unsolved.

Kudos to the Ministry of Defense of Great Britain for continuing to release once-classified documents regarding UFO sightings in the U.K., even if many of them are listed as “unsolved.”

But I must take issue with the Yahoo! news article – carried from Reuters – for its poor use of subtle misleading labels.

Why is the word “rational” used to describe mundane explanations? It implies that any other explanation — i.e., the possible existence of other intelligent life ‘out there’ — is IRrational.

I am not saying that “unsolved” sightings are assuredly extraterrestrial; all I am saying is that the idea is far from “irrational.” It is this kind of thinking and wording that held all of Europe in the dark ages for centuries.


I don’t think that’s what we meant to imply: GBU Editor

A possible UFO sighting as reported by the Journal of Scientific Exploration, is seen in an undated file photo. REUTERS/Handout

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I see something in the sky.

I don’t know what it is.

Other people say they don’t know either.

I conclude it’s piloted by beings from another planet who came all the way here to look around and leave.

That doesn’t sound rational to me.

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