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Posted: 15 January 2008 10:28 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Anyone see the UFO yesterday?  I was just watching the clip on yahoo.com and apparently aliens could be scoping out America. 
It’s kind of interesting how many people saw the lights.  I’m nowhere near there (Canadian) and am curious if there are any Stephenville Texans in our forum here that saw anything!

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Posted: 15 January 2008 01:00 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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An answer from Richard Feynman. wink

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Posted: 15 January 2008 01:03 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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George - 15 January 2008 01:00 PM

An answer from Richard Feynman.

Three cheers for Richard.

LOL

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Posted: 15 January 2008 03:04 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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dougsmith - 15 January 2008 01:03 PM
George - 15 January 2008 01:00 PM

An answer from Richard Feynman.

Three cheers for Richard.

LOL

Four cheers.

LOL

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Posted: 15 January 2008 04:03 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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And even if the object turns out to be a UFO, so what? That doesn’t prove anything, it only means the object has not been identified. UFO fanatics jump to the conclusion that anything unknown is extraterrestrial, but not one I’ve talked with has been able to counter this argument; an unidentified object is merely what the names implies. Show me some physical evidence or admit you do not know what the object is.

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Posted: 19 January 2008 06:17 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Finally, someone published a photo of this UFO. From the Fort Worth Star Telegram.

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Looks like sunlight reflecting off a cloud. The truck driver who took the photo said the object looked like a meteor. The article is here.

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Posted: 20 January 2008 12:52 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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fotobits - 19 January 2008 06:17 AM

Looks like sunlight reflecting off a cloud. The truck driver who took the photo said the object looked like a meteor.

Even more: it looks like a ‘sun dog’. These are refractions of sunlight in ice crystals of a certain form.

See here.

For an explanation on the same site here.

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Posted: 22 January 2008 08:13 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Yeah, it looks like a sun dog to me—otherwise known as a “mock sun”.  It’s not a particularly rare phenomenon, but the sun has to come through the clouds at just the right angle.  I often see them on both sides.

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Posted: 22 January 2008 04:10 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Whatever it is, it is interesting, but I hardly think it’s aliens.  Since for whatever reason my WMP is refusing to play the wav George posted, I’m going with the sun dog.  smile  Sounds good anyway.  LOL

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Posted: 22 January 2008 05:06 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Mriana, here is what Feynman says about flying saucers:

“Listen, I mean that from my knowledge of the world that I see around me, I think that it is much more likely that the reports of flying saucers are the results of the known irrational characteristics of terrestrial intelligence than of the unknown rational efforts of extra-terrestrial intelligence.”

(Imagine you’re listening to Feynman while reading it; it’s difficult not to, anyway.)

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Posted: 22 January 2008 05:38 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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OK, I agree terrans can be quite irrational at times.  LOL

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Posted: 28 January 2008 08:16 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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How could something like this be mistaken for a spacecraft?  All you would have to do was stand there for maybe an hour and watch it gradually fade away as the sun continued to set!

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Posted: 10 March 2008 06:09 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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I love how some people can be so confident that “UFOs” are in fact extraterrestrial. Doesn’t that mean that they in fact identified it? That should make it an “IFO”, right?

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Posted: 10 March 2008 06:23 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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Sure would, Kaizen. UFO proponents always get stumped when I mention that to them. They don’t like it much either, but it is fun to watch them hem and haw when I challenge them by stating the definition of an Unidentified Flying Object.

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Posted: 10 March 2008 06:50 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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It reminds me of the term “supernatural”, which I see as an oxymoron. If it exists, it’s natural.

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Posted: 13 March 2008 10:43 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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UFO sightings are interesting to me because even in these modern times we humans have an irrational fear of the dark/unknown/etc.  How else can one explain the infamous anal probe?  These beings are intelligent and advanced enough to travel light years to our little planet but they don’t possess sensory equipment sophisticated enough to find out whatever they think they can learn from probing someone’s colon?  One would hope that if aliens could make it here they would have more interesting things to do than putting together a survey of polyp frequency in humans. 

My favorite theory is the modern version of the hairy creature from the forest who steals babies—Aliens who are actually advanced humans from the future who have lost the ability to reproduce and they need our genetic material to replenish the gene pool.  So they can travel back in time but they cannot engage in fairly basic genetic engineering and/or artificial insemination.  This process requires thousands of alien abductions whereby the abductee can only be made to remember through hypnosis.  It’s not a bad idea for a science fiction novel.

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