Saturday, March 24, 2007

Gov. Symington believes he saw an extraterrestrial

This short blurb in today’s NY Times fills me with wonder and awe.
Former Gov. Fife Symington trotted out an aide dressed as an alien 10 years ago to spoof the frenzy surrounding mysterious lights in the Phoenix sky. Now, he says he saw the lights, too, and believes they were extraterrestrial. He said he did not acknowledge his encounter at first because he did not want to cause a panic. He discussed the sighting with a documentary filmmaker and in interviews this week. He told CNN that the craft he saw March 13, 1997, “just felt otherworldly.” The Phoenix lights, which appeared in a V shape as they moved across the sky, were widely explained as flares dumped by a military training flight.

I can understand a strong emotional reaction to seeing something mysterious in the sky at night. I have a harder time understanding an elected government official publicly scoffing at beliefs he privately holds. But what I find utterly beyond comprehension is that an adult, educated American could conclude that he saw a spaceship that had come from somewhere else in the universe to Earth simply because of an emotional reaction he had, an "otherworldly" feeling, to seeing something he did not recognize in the night sky. This strikes me as such a bizarre leap of logic I am tempted to declare that I find it more likely that Gov. Symington is an extraterrestrial than was whatever caused those lights in the sky.

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