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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Crop Circles: Real or Made up?

  Ever since people started saying aliens left weird patterns (crop circles) in their fields, there have been just as many people saying those people made the patterns themselves.  So, who should you believe?  Some people might tell you it depends on how much you want to believe in aliens, but it doesn't.  Can you imagine how many people would start losing interest in aliens if everyone thought the crop circles were real and then they found out that they weren't?  I guess it doesn't always work that way -- at least, not in the near term -- but for every person whose interest in alien life survives the disappointment of finding out not ALL people who claim to have seen aliens are telling the truth, there are ten more that decide aliens aren't even out there. This leads to people lying harder, and making really outlandish claims about the aliens.  This makes for good storytelling, but does it help us answer the basic question, of are aliens real?  You can probably tell I'm a bit of a skeptic, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't like for the aliens to be here...

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