UFO’s are real because the bible says so. And, and you scientists with your white lab coats and big glasses all secretly believe in UFO’s but are too scared to say anything in public because people will make fun of you. Extra-dimensional aliens are visiting Earth. Want proof, well, science says there are lots of dimensions. And we are all the offspring of inter-dimensional aliens procreating with goat herders. That’s in the bible too. If you don’t believe in UFO’s, you are uneducated. QED.
Yeah, just so you know, the statements above are not an accurate reflection of the opinions of the Skeptic Detective. These comments come from a recent News24 article about the South African UFO Resource (SAUFOR), and they were made by Christo Louw, the organisation’s founding member. Louw started the SAUFOR website in 1997 (apparently, although the archives don’t go back past October 2008) and his organisation now has eight members (according to the SAUFOR website).
The News24 article started out ok, Louw says we should have a database of UFO sightings, Dr Enrico Olivier says that people often mistake planets for UFO’s, then it just gets weird.
Louw said that several scientists, while dismissing extra-terrestrial UFOs in public, admitted that they believed in them in private.
“They [scientists] are restricted in the way they deal with the public. In private it’s the opposite, but they are attached to universities and often it’s like advanced peer pressure. If you lose credibility, you lose your funding.”
Louw said that beings from other dimensions were visiting Earth regularly and pointed to the scientific position that in an infinite universe, there are infinite possibilities.
“I am in no doubt that we have been visited since forever. The evidence points to the fact that they might be inter-dimensional beings who have genetically modified us along the way.
“It’s even indicated in the Bible, in Genesis 6, where they talk about the ‘sons of God’ who came down and took wives among the ‘daughters of men’.”
Louw explained his view on the purpose for these beings visiting Earth. “We are like an experiment for different kinds of visitors. And they are generally benign. If they weren’t, with their advanced technology, we would be wiped out. So the fact that we are here indicates that they are benign.
“We would like the government to declassify top-secret documents like other countries and we would like to stop letting the public think that this is not real.”
He said that the people who believe in the UFO phenomenon are generally the more educated in society.
“Basically, the more educated people are, the more they ask about everything. And they consider the possibility of extra-terrestrial contact.”
– From “Take UFO’s Seriously, SA Group Urges” by Duncan Alfreds
Wow, where do I start with this? Do you know what constitutes a paranoid conspiracy theory? A paranoid conspiracy theory (PCT) is a notion which is almost certainly untrue (as opposed to a plausible conspiracy theory, proposed by historians, which does not have any evidence to prove it, such as the Princes in the Tower). The New World Order plotting to establish a world government, drug companies withholding cures to dread disease so that they can sell more drugs or aliens controlling our minds, these are all PCTs and they have one thing in common: paranoia about a powerful cabal plotting against the population of the Earth.
These statements by Louw have all the hallmarks of a PCT:
They assume that they are right.
PCTs assume that their beliefs are correct and that those who don’t see things the way they do have been duped or that they need to open their minds.
This stance is an argument from ignorance (see: argumentum ad ignorantiam). They place the burden of proof firmly on their opponents; whose position is wrongly assumed to be to disprove the theories. In fact the PCTs’ position does not change even if their theories are disproved: there’s always a way of reaffirming their position.
There is usually little or no real evidence to back their theories. Instead, PCTs rely on retrospective analysis: logic and reason don’t matter; everything can be twisted to fit the plot. Events are simply interpreted to match the theory.
Their theories cannot be challenged.
PCTs do not treat their theories the way a historian or scientist treats theirs, which is to welcome challenges to their theory which will either strengthen it or refute/amend it.
PCTs vehemently oppose any challenges to their theories. The first line of defence is to issue personal attacks (see: ad hominem) against their opponents. These are generally in the form of ridicule; their opponents not having the ability to see “the real truth”.
The theories of PCTs are often unfalsifiable, such as: UFOs exist but the government is suppressing the evidence. Any counter-argument citing an official source is instantly dismissed, and any real evidence that refutes their claims is classed as contrived or planted by those “powers that be” who are out to fool us.
Any evidence will do
Any evidence that lends credence to their theories will be uncritically accepted as truth. Any evidence that opposes their theories is dismissed out of hand. The quality of evidence is not important as long as it supports the conspiracy theory.
From “What are conspiracy theories” by the UK-Skeptics
Louw’s statements fit these parameters almost perfectly; inter-dimensional aliens with unimaginably advanced technology (the shadowy cabal) are visiting Earth to carry out genetic experiments on humans. The public are being duped by the government into not believing that this is true (silly sheeple) and Louw and his eight buddies are in possession of the truth.
Louw’s hypothesis is absurd, and his “evidence” (scientists say there are lots of dimensions and anything is possible / the bible says so) is as sturdy as a three legged race horse. This is a garden variety UFO-PCT, it is a prime example of irrational thinking and should not be given ANY airtime on a major national news site.