Show me the physical evidence and I’ll pay attention.
Don’t ask for much, do you, DarronS?
Seriously, though; I know that anecdotal evidence, by itself, doesn’t prove much (I wouldn’t say it proves nothing;); but nowadays, when virtually everyone has access to Photoshop, photographic evidence doesn’t prove much either. And to many, even non-photoshopped photographs don’t “prove” anything. I read somewhere - I think it was in “Skeptical Inquirer” - someone claiming that a too-sharp photo image was “obviously” a hoax, because, well, because it was too sharp; probably a model. But then of course, if all you have is a photo of a fuzzy blob…. well, it’s just a fuzzy blob, it could be anything…..
I suppose three dents in the ground, at the vertices of an equilateral triangle, where eyewitnesses reported seeing a grounded UFO, don’t prove anything either; could have been just places where deer were resting. Elevated scintillometer readings or scorched tree trunks or broken twigs at such places, don’t prove anything either. Just coincidence. Sound recordings; too easy to fake. Conjunctivitis or sudden, inexplicable cases of sunburn, as reported by many close-encounterers and attested to by doctors; still no good? Radar returns? Gun camera videos?
I suppose what you really want, DarronS, is an actual piece of an actual flying saucer. But then, If I gave you a chunk of aluminum-magnesium-vanadium alloy, claiming it came from a saucer - I still can’t prove it, can I? I could have had a friendly foundryman cast it for me. Or, I’m actually a pretty sharp machinist, and I have my own home machine shop; I could very easily have made it myself.
I read somewhere that Carl Sagan once said - I don’t have the actual reference available to me at the moment - that he’d accept a specimen of material as of extraterrestrial manufacture if it contained elements not known on Earth. And I thought to myself - now, c’mon, Carl; you’re supposed to be an astronomer; don’t you know that it’s been shown spectroscopically that the same elements are distributed throughout the Universe? What are you talking about?
Even the greatest of us can say daft things at times.
So you see our problem, don’t you, DarronS? Nothing that we can possibly “show you”, will you accept as “evidence”. So it’s not too surprising that some of us who choose to treat the UFO phenomenon as an interesting field of study rather than just something to be quickly debunked and then ignored, get terribly frustrated at times when people claiming to be “skeptics” sneer at us and call us deluded, ignorant, uninformed, overly imaginative or drunk. Thanks, macgyver.
This thread asks the question, “how sceptic are you?” I would have to answer that I’m extremely sceptical, or skeptical, depending on which side of the Atlantic Ocean I happen to be on. I “believe” virtually nothing that I hear, and very little that I read. In particular, I believe nothing told to me by political, military and corporate spokesparrots, since lying seems to be a prime requirement for anyone in such positions. I suspect a great deal. I tend to trust my own observations over what other people tell me. And I’m extremely skeptical of overly facile pseudoexplanations of odd occurrences from people who weren’t there - what I call “armchair debunkery”.
I really like our friend macgyver’s signature: “For every complex problem there is a solution that is simple, obvious,..... and just plain wrong.”