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Eye of the Beholder: UFO Biases, from Footage to Fakery

Sometimes, even the best potential evidence of unexplained phenomena can run the risk of being cast to the wayside. For instance, one of the more recent standing arguments against the existence of UFOs (which, to me, remains indisputable when considering the wide variety of data pertaining solely to reports of unexplained objects seen in the skies) has to do with the prolific use of cell phones in the world of today. “If UFOs are real,” some might argue, “then by now somebody should have been able to film one with a cell phone camera, since virtually everyone has one these days.”

As it turns out, late last week this may finally have occurred… but rest assured, the very ones who would have made such a statement–regardless of whether the video is authentic or not–will now probably be the first to dismiss it.

I made a similar argument about this recently at The Gralien Report, where I divulged information about a pair of unique UFO videos (scratch that… now three separate videos purportedly showing a UFO hovering over the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount in Old Jerusalem) that appeared last Friday. If the separate pieces of footage do indeed end up coming from different sources, hence potentially corroborating with one another, could the much-hoped-for “cell phone” footage have finally arrived?

My guess is quite the contrary: despite there now being three videos from different angles that allegedly show dramatic footage of a UFO over the Old City of Jerusalem, I’d wager that those seeking to dismiss the footage will do so regardless of how many angles may crop up. Keep in mind, of course, that I’m not placing a firm endorsement of belief on this series of videos, nor do I advocate the idea they are outright fakes. Instead, the argument I hope to make is that no evidence, however convincing, will manage to convince everyone… this is because people’s preconceptions will almost inevitably cloud their assessment of information they are presented with. Much the same, if a UFO landed in Times Square or just outside Buckingham Palace tomorrow afternoon, confirming the existence of alien beings, some would still find ways to interpret the data completely differently. I would imagine some would argue that what was being observed represented not an alien intelligence, but instead a clever (and elaborate) deception by those plotting to form a one-world government or “new world order.” Still others would say the “aliens” were actually demonic minions of Satan. How would you interpret such events yourself?

In the meantime, rather than merely speculating, I’d be interested to see how Mysterious Universe readers will interpret the three videos that have now appeared on YouTube detailing an alleged UFO hovering over Jerusalem. You can read more about them here, and view them below:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QFToHU8Di4&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qhy8MuLkHPI&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adiQx8AGDQw&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

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Micah Hanks is a writer, podcaster, and researcher whose interests cover a variety of subjects. His areas of focus include history, science, philosophy, current events, cultural studies, technology, unexplained phenomena, and ways the future of humankind may be influenced by science and innovation in the coming decades. In addition to writing, Micah hosts the Middle Theory and Gralien Report podcasts.
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