On Confirmation Bias and the Dangers of Certainty

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I was reading a great article by Kevin D. Randle over at his website, A Different Perspective. In the closing paragraph, the author writes something that every UFO researcher (and aficionado) should bear in mind. Here’s the quote:

In the world of Ufology the side you take up is usually the one that falls under your own belief structure. Sometimes it has less to do with evidence and more to do with what you wish to believe.

So true, and so often ignored. But why?

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Reminder: Hangar 1 is Back!

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Don’t forget that MUFON’s hit television show Hangar 1 has returned for its second season! The show is now on the History Channel, after moving from it’s slot on H2. New episodes premiere Fridays at 10:00 (9:00 central).

Use the comments section to discuss the show.

MUFON Georgia Investigation: Massive Flying Triangle UFO

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Date: November 19, 2013
Time: 6:20 PM
Location: South Central GA; near Valdosta

Two witnesses, each with over 30 years of experience as military aircraft maintenance technicians, reported that on November 19th, 2013, at 6:20pm (near dusk) they observed a huge triangular flying object moving 500 feet above them, from north headed south. The surface of the object was not clear, and had a rippling effect like “a heat mirage down the road on a hot summer’s day.” There were no anti-collision lights that should be on all aircraft. The nose was “rounded” and had a pinkish-reddish glow, as did the two trailing corners.

The witnesses said the object had a wing span larger than a C-5A cargo plane (~223 ft) and flew slowly at 10 – 15 knots (12-17 mph) allowing an examination of the underside of the object. The underside was seen to have a “fabric”-like appearance, and out towards the ends, “ports” or openings of some kind. The object flew silently with absolutely no sound. As it was slowly passing by, the rear of the object displayed a row of white pulsing lights. These lights did not light up the exterior of the object but were set back, or surrounded by a shroud (which was the case was hard to tell).

As it got further out away from them a very small drone-like object was noticed flying alongside on the left. The “drone” had red and white lights resembling regular aircraft lights. The large object was seen to bank to the southeast, allowing the witnesses to see clearly the triangular shape of the object. The two drawings below were made by one of the witnesses displaying the object from two different angles, as well as the drone with the red/white rotating lights.

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MUFON Georgia Investigation: Fireball Wave

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Date: July 4, 2010
Time: 10:30 PM
Location: Hoschton, Georgia

The evening of July 4, 2010 was a remarkable one in the field of UFO study as MUFON received, from across the US, a large number of reports of red and orange “fireballs” or “balls of light” flying overhead. Many of those sightings could not be explained by MUFON investigators.

An excellent example of those sightings took place near Hoschton, Georgia, which is located about 35 miles ENE of Atlanta’s I-285 beltline. A couple in their 40s and their son, age 12, were driving home after watching a nearby fireworks display. At about 10:30 PM local they were driving eastbound along GA Hwy 124 towards the intersection with GA 332. At about 150 yards from the intersection, Mrs. G (pseudonym) noticed what she at first believed was a tethered, red, lighted balloon ahead and slightly off to the right of their line of travel. It appeared initially to be stationary. As they watched it began to move to their left, northward, toward their line of travel. After stopping at the red light for Hwy 332 and seeing it continue to approach, coming directly towards them, they turned left and then quickly turned right into a shopping center parking lot, between a hamburger-chain restaurant and drugstore. All three family members immediately jumped out to watch, and Mrs. G and her son began recording video using their cell phones.

As can be heard on the video files and as the witnesses later confirmed, no sound was heard at any time from whatever was approaching. The witnesses used the term “fireball” to describe this unidentified light. It looked to be roughly the size of a beach ball or exercise ball, perhaps two to three feet across, spherical, and glowing red-orange. The fireball seemed to be either pulsating, or rolling, as a lighter yellow-white color can be seen changing position on the red-orange ball as the object moves across the sky. The astonished family watched and video-recorded the fireball as it glided steadily across the full width of the sky, moving from roughly due south to due north. Again, no sounds were coming from the fireball, though the three were listening intently for clues.

About the time Mrs. G closed her cell phone to end the video recording, Mr. G yelled out “Hey here comes another one!” Immediately Mrs. G and her son both began video-recording this second fireball, seen to be coming from just the same direction as the first. Its appearance was identical to the first fireball, as were its movement characteristics: flat-level, smooth, steady, and “controlled,” using the witness phrase. Eventually, the second fireball passed out of site after becoming obscured by trees blocking the view to the north. In all, the witnesses estimated a duration of about 7 to 8 minutes from the time the first fireball began moving, to the second fireball passing out of sight.

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MUFON Georgia Investigation: Triangle UFO in Blue Ridge

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Date: January 21, 2009
Time: 8:00 – 10:30 PM
Location: Blue Ridge, Georgia

Four witnesses watched a brightly lit globe with lights emanating from it for long periods totaling two and one-half hours. The object had a triangular upper section which rose and fell from the lower round base giving the appearance of a ball transforming to an inverted cone then back to a ball again. This action continued with small colored lights (red, green and yellow) orbiting the lower circular section. The entire object pulsated, irradiating light. It was about the size of a quarter dollar held at arm’s length.

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During the sighting the object was observed while outdoors from two different locations with the naked eye, binoculars, and a Meade telescope, remaining stationary until about 10:30 PM. At that time, the object moved to the left about 5 degrees then came directly toward the reporting witness passing overhead moving from south to north. It traversed the distance from its standing location to the loss of visible contact in about one second. No sound was heard at any time.

While the distance to the lighted object is unknown, the distances between the two viewing locations versus the object’s similar azimuth-line position in the sky suggests a distance closer than one mile, where the presence of other homes could have led to more reports. If the UFO was about one-half mile distant, the globe-shaped object would be about 110 feet across; if one-quarter mile, 55 feet.

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