No, I didn’t see that video

People keep sending me videos proving this or that conspiracy theory. Sorry, but I prefer to get my information via words, not videos. (I hope that doesn’t make me a snob.) Visual images are tailor made to manipulate us. And I can read 4 times as fast as I can watch a video. What’s the point?

BTW, did you see that cool video that completely debunks flying saucers?



10 Responses to “No, I didn’t see that video”

  1. Gravatar of Christian List Christian List
    11. May 2020 at 13:02

    If you like words, TC has linked an interesting Vox article:

    I don’t find it convincing, but still.

  2. Gravatar of Postkey Postkey
    11. May 2020 at 15:25

    Disclosure project

    “Secret Knowledge: Probably one of the most important videos of our time; On Wednesday, May 9th, 2001, over twenty military, intelligence, government, corporate and scientific witnesses came forward at the National Press Club in Washington, DC to establish the reality of UFOs or extraterrestrial vehicles, extraterrestrial life forms, and resulting advanced energy and propulsion technologies. The weight of this first-hand testimony, along with supporting government documentation and other evidence, will establish without any doubt the reality of these phenomena.”

    Or not?

  3. Gravatar of mbka mbka
    11. May 2020 at 17:31


    love the video. I never really got too excited by these “sightings”, and for a different reason. Why would “alien vehicles” invariably consist of unstructured, featureless shapes, roundish or oval, and uncolored? Why would such alien vehicles predominantly be found in the air and nowhere else? Finally, why would they appear to engage in fast but purposeless maneuvers? If we impute a mind onto a phenomenon, it better behave in some kind of mindful way. Right now all I see is a cat (here, the Navy) jumping after a laser pointer dot. I don’t see more at the Vox article either.

  4. Gravatar of ssumner ssumner
    11. May 2020 at 19:33

    Christian, I read that article and it most certainly was not “interesting”. It was very boring.

    mbka, I agree. One argument I like is that even as our technology increases 1000-fold, including much better surveillance, hi-def cameras, drones, satellites, etc. we keep getting exactly the same crappy pictures we saw in the 1950s. What does that tell you?

  5. Gravatar of Matthias Goergens Matthias Goergens
    11. May 2020 at 22:55

    What’s pretty funny about ufo sightings and Loch Ness’s monster etc: alleged sightings have not kept up with the spread of smartphone cameras. Absolute numbers might even have dropped, but relative numbers definitely plummeted.

  6. Gravatar of mbka mbka
    12. May 2020 at 00:14

    Scott, Matthias,

    very good points, hadn’t even thought that far. I just found it offputting that the UFO enthusiasts impute minds to phenomena that appear structure- purpose- and mindless. And that appear to influence nothing on this planet, either in consuming or producing resources, or in changing anything structurally. The sheer absence of metabolism (“see, object moves without exhibiting energy consumption or producing heat”) also means, the object does not interact with anything except our minds, and that in a really boring way.

  7. Gravatar of ssumner ssumner
    12. May 2020 at 07:33

    mbka, Yes, I add that speculation on the motives of aliens is also quite boring.

  8. Gravatar of Tom Tom
    12. May 2020 at 10:29

    Thanks for sharing the UFO video — until now I had been under the mistaken belief that no one could easily explain those videos and I had done a bit of digging. It seems irresponsible for people like Tyler Cowen and serious news outlets to seriously share UFO videos that have been so conclusively debunked.

  9. Gravatar of Christian List Christian List
    12. May 2020 at 13:02

    Scott, you’re right it is kind of boring, and worse, it’s not logical. If there really were aliens here, vastly superior to us, who don’t wan’t to be discovered, then there’s not much we can do about it.

    We most likely won’t discover them, especially not by Vox articles that announce in advance how we want to do it.

    Tom, it was actually the Pentagon who officially released them few days ago.

  10. Gravatar of ChrisA ChrisA
    13. May 2020 at 00:57

    I would want much much better evidence than a couple of grainy videos to convince me that aliens are here. There are just so many other things that could be the cause of these images, an entire alien civilization is almost the literal example of multiple entities in Occam’s razors terms.

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