Originally Posted by Blart
I'm not saying they're lying. Sagan is much more delicate than me on this subject, so I'll let him explain:
SAGAN: If I were speaking to a group of abductees, I think the first thing I would do would be to tell them that I'm sure to many of them the pain that is expressed is genuine, that they're not just making this up. And it's very important to be compassionate. At the same time, I would stress that hallucinations are a human common place, and not a sign that you are crazy. And that absolutely clear hallucinations have occured to normal people and it has a compelling feeling of reality, but it's generated in the head.
And that being the case, I would ask them to try to be as objective as they can and see if anything like that might, in fact, explain what they said happened to them. And I'd remind them that children, universally, have terrible nightmares, especially around 7 to 11, and wake up from sleep absolutely terrified about a monster, a witch, a goblin, a demon, and why shouldn't some of us retain that? I mean, there's no question that those monsters don't exist and they're hiding in the closet or under the bed. That's something generated in the mind. Why should it all go away when we grow up? We should retain some of that. And could not something like that be an explanation?
I would try to simply ask them to adopt the scientific method of multiple working hypothesis. Right now, they have only one hypothesis and their minds are, in many cases, closed to the alternative. I would ask them to do a serious consideration of the alternative, see if it makes sense.
Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.
I think the idea of a Hallucination works fine for people who claim they were abducted or through hypnosis find out they were abducted. This quote doesn't cover the fact that officers in the military on there death bed sweared on there life that they covered up two alien crashes in Roswell. Then you look at that facts that.
A: something really strange happened in Roswell
B: Somewhere between ten and fifteen civilians claimed to have saw bodies and metal that was of other worldness
C: Officers who were stationed in Roswell, on there deathbed, sweared to the coverup.
I just can't believe that we had a secret "weather balloon"
Extraordinary evidence is very debatable. I would argue that if you researched some of the extraordinary things that abductees have had implanted inside of them you may find that interesting.