A recent reader commented that “hoaxkiller” had pretty much debunked the recent Chilean UFO video. I’m inclined to agree. I had asked for the link, but went searching tonight. Here is the relevant thread. It’s pretty compelling that we have insects, not flying craft, on the video.
I think this analysis might also be relevant for the recent Denver UFO film. The thing about that film that I find unconvincing is the random (and therefore unintelligent) movements of the object. There seems to be no point to them. The fact that the same “object” was caught on film by a television crew isn’t persuasive to me if what is being filmed accidentally are insects at some distance. The time of day (it’s regular) is also not compelling (to this point) because it has not been established that the same images could *not* be captured at different times of the day. Additionally, if that video is capturing insects, no one has asked the question of what might be attracting them during the day in that sight-line.
So, I think we can all move on from the Chilean case. Denver is still open, though.
Actually one of the investigators for the (Committee for the Study of Anomalous Aerial Phenomena) in the Chilean case was able to establish the same object in two different videos from cameras so far apart it belies the insect hypothesis.
what about coming from the ground?
In the paper by Richard Haines on the CEFFA site here http://www.narcap.org/files/NARCAP_IR_15a.pdf he wrote, “That at least one of these UAP was not a flying insect near the cameras is supported by analysis of video images of the same UAP recorded by two separated cameras.”
we’ll stay tuned; the quotation doesn’t address the upward movement from the ground, though — he would need to explain that in another way.
Virtually the only reason a sincere person of sound mind could view such video footage and suspect it indicates extraterrestrial visitation is because they have been conditioned to do so. Contrastingly, if we were to take a step back from the often manic world of UFOdom and calmly view such footage absent our ET-tinted glasses, we would be hard pressed to identify how a person could reasonably be led to believe there is anything at all of interest taking place. It’s just not there.
Moreover, it seems the ‘community’ will never tire of weighing hypotheses as if they are all equal in probability and likelihood. Seriously, can anyone – anyone – honestly look at any of that video footage and think there is virtually any supposition that should be given attention in proportion to plain old bugs? As they say on ESPN, c’mon, man…
Your first sentence is dead on. This is why I keep saying that, until we know ET life exists, the idea can’t be used to parse other questions. It needs to earn its place on the table first. Then that fact can be applied to other issues /phenomena. Otherwise we’re using an unproven to prove another unproven. Hardly sound thinking.
I don’t find bugs to be adequate for the evidence in this case especially in light of multiple camera shots too far apart to film the same bug. I don’t know what it is. As to Jack’s comment, I don’t happen to think UFOs have anything at all to with ETs but I do think they are anomalous phenomenon indigenous to earth.