Some of My Other Skepticisms
Besides being a great skeptic on the
existence of some supreme deity, I'm also a skeptic of the many things said
to be supernatural or unexplainable. People will jump to conclusions
and not bother to try and find out if there is some sort of logical explanation
behind them all. Below are many of the things I'm skeptical about and
my reasoning why.
| Loch Ness Monster
| Crop Circles
Since the 1940's, after the claim that
a UFO crashed in Roswell, N.M., a growing number of people have witnessed
unidentified flying objects in the skies above our Earth. Most claimants
state that these UFOs are not of this world; that they are visitors from
a planet far beyond our solar system. Some of these UFOs have even
been captured in still photographs, as well as video tape and motion picture
film. There have also been stories of people being abducted by some
of the beings that piloted these UFOs.
Besides the fact that most of these sightings
are based on hearsay, all the photos that have been taken are all blurry,
showing no legible detail; not to mention that most of them have been shown
to be hoaxes. But, along with the poor evidence that aliens have visited
us, I have my own reasons to believe that these UFOs aren't extraterrestrial
Because of the vastness of the universe, and
the number of stars that exist within, I seriously doubt that our little
piss-ant planet contains the only known forms of life. Our galaxy
alone contains somewhere in the neighborhood of 200 billion stars.
Of those 200 billion stars, at least a third of those are just like our
own sun. It stands to reason that some of those stars harbor planets
that are able to sustain life.
Although I believe there is better than a 99%
chance that there is other intelligent life inside our galaxy, I have no
reason to believe that any of them have visited us. There is not a star
in our galaxy that is less than 25 trillion miles from here. Unless
these beings have spaceships with faster than light speed capability, it's
illogical to think that they could reach us within an allowable amount of
First off, they would have to find us.
It's inconceivable that they would be able to pick out our planet, out of
the many that must be contained inside our galaxy, as having life.
If they were able to discern that our planet had life, I think they would
try contacting us by other means than flying their spaceships here.
As I said before, unless they have light speed capability, it would take
them hundreds, if not thousands of years to reach us.
Let's say that they do have the capability to
travel the speed of light; the closest star to us is almost 5 light years
from here. It would take almost 5 years for beings from that star system
to reach us. Would they come from that far, and travel for that long
just to give some redneck a quick peek, only just to high tail it back to
their planet? There have been hundreds of sightings of these so called
UFOs, and not once have they attempted to make any form of contact.
If these aliens did have faster than light capability,
then one would thank that they would have the intelligence and technology
to conquer this planet with great ease.
There are countless people, (especially
in the United States), that claim to have some sort of psychic ability.
A lot of these people have written books about their abilities, are seen
on talk shows, infomercials, and some even have their own T.V. program.
These "psychics" make claims that they can see
into the future, talk to the dead, read minds . . . And people will pay hundreds,
if not thousands of dollars to receive a reading, because they actually believe
in these frauds.
At the beginning of each year, news magazines
(i.e. The National Enquirer, The Star) will have a cover story of predictions
for the coming year by well known psychics. If you were to look back
at these magazines at years end, you will notice that 99.999% of these predictions
never come true. The "predictions" that do come true are usually the
outcome of some known event that will occur in that year, for example the
next president of the U.S., in which the so called psychic had about a 50-50
chance on getting it right.
I've often wondered why these so called psychics
never manage to predict tragic events, like . .
- The Challenger explosion
- The death of Princess Diana
- The death of JFK, Jr.
- An earthquake in Mexico
- The terrorist attack on the WTC
You would think that they (psychics) would see
something like these coming. Often psychics will claim that they did
predict such events, but not until after the fact do they come forward.
One of the most famous "predictions" of a tragic event was claimed by famous
psychic Jeane Dixon, on her prediction of President Kennedy's assassination.
She actually never made this prediction, but it was perpetuated by the media.
Some of Ms. Dixon's failed predictions include . . .
- Russian's would put a man on the moon before the U.S.
- Richard Nixon would win the 1960 presidency.
- World War III would begin in 1958.
You will never hear of a psychic's straight
forward predictions ever coming true. It is always their ambiguous
and vague prognostications that are remembered. For example, a psychic
may say, "A meteor will hit Los Angeles on June 17, and kill 20,000 people."
Predictions such as this never come to pass.
On the other hand, a psychic might say, "An earthquake
will hit a major city causing great loss of life." How many major cities
lay on earthquake faults? Hundreds. Anyone could make this type
of prediction and be almost guaranteed to get a hit. At the start
of a new year, write down 20 very vague predictions, and see how many come
true by years end. I'd be willing to bet that more than half of them
, a famous magician who has exposed many psychics as being frauds, offers
a $1,000,000 challenge to anyone who can prove they have psychic powers
under controlled conditions. Many have taken the challenge, all have
failed. All of your most famous psychics, such as Sylvia Browne, John
Edward and James van Praagh have all refused to take the challenge.
I wonder why? Although Sylvia Browne has accepted the challenge, not
once, but twice on the Larry King Live show, she has never gone through with
Astrology and psychics go hand in hand.
Astrologers claim that the stars, moon and planets control our lives from
the minute we are born, depending on what day and what month that may be.
There are some people who rely so much on astrology, they read their horoscope
first thing in the morning, just to be sure it is safe to get out of bed.
Look at your horoscope (I would be an Aquarius
by the way) from different newspapers or from other sources that provide
daily horoscopes and you will notice that none of them are even close to
being the same. I picked 3 online horoscope services at the time of
this writing, and you will notice that none of them say anything similar.
These were all horoscopes for Aquarius, for the same day. And for
the record, none of these were a depiction of my life for that day in any
A friend is in trouble and you pull out
all the stops today as well as going into your own bank account. You may
experience problems with appliances or electronics today, be sure to call
in an expert to service your valuable equipment.
This is going to be a good day to analyze
the different ways you can proceed toward your professional dreams. As a
first step, take stock of your resources, then figure out how you can use
them to best advantage. You would also find it helpful to interview others
who have the position you desire. Ask them how they got there, and see if
they can help you. Today you may learn a lot from others, so don't hesitate
to ask for and exchange ideas.
You may feel the need to take on too much
right now. Take it easy. You can do anything you set your mind on but you
have to pace yourself. Problems may arise with an authority figure that will
cause you to feel anxious. Be careful not to over step your boundaries.
You will have to be patient and understanding when dealing with your family
right now. Be careful of what you say.
If astrology is true, why don't all the
people born on, let's say, April 19, 1970 share the same fate? Shouldn't
they all live similar lives and then die at the same time and in the same
way? Why don't identical twins live virtually "identical" lives?
They are practically born at the same time.
Bigfoot (also known as Sasquatch) is said
to be an ape like creature roaming the Pacific Northwest, although it has
been reportedly seen in other parts of the North American continent.
There are also claims of similar creatures in the Himalayan region known
as the Abominable Snowman or Yeti. These creatures are supposedly
7' to 9' tall, walking on two legs, weighing in the neighborhood of 500
The only compelling evidence that these Bigfoot
exist are the many footprints that have been found, and said to have been
left by these ape like creatures. There have been literally thousands
of plaster casts made of these so-called footprints. Upon close examination
of these casts, one can see the diversity in all of them, almost like snowflakes.
With so many different kinds of footprints, one would think that these creatures
are so numerous, that many could be seen in a day's outing.
There have only been a handful of "eyewitness"
accounts, and maybe less than a dozen so-called photographs of this elusive
beast, most of which are blurry shadows against a backdrop of trees.
The most famous Bigfoot sighting to have said to have been caught on film,
is the Roger Patterson movie shot in 1967. This is the film that almost
everyone has seen of a supposed Bigfoot walking along a creek bed, turning
and looking into the camera, and then trotting off into the woods.
Although not actually proven to be a hoax, it is rumored by film director
John Landis, that the creature in this film is actually a man in a ape suit
created by special effects man John Chambers, the same person behind the
Planet of The Apes films. John Chambers has denied this
I have often wondered why, in all the many years
that Bigfoot footprints have been collected, not one of these brutes have
ever been captured or killed by someone. You would think that at least
one specimen would have been caught by now. So far, not so much as
a skeletal remnant has been found.
Loch Ness Monster
It is said that a large creature, probably a plesiosaur, resides in Loch
Ness in Scotland. The legend of the Loch Ness Monster has probably been
around as long as the legend of Bigfoot. The first recorded sighting
was was approximately 1500 years ago by the Irish monk, St. Columba.
It really didn't grab the public's attention
until 1934, when a photograph taken by Dr. Robert Kenneth Wilson, a
London physician, showing what appeared to be a plesiosaur like beast
with a long neck emerging out of the murky waters. It was revealed many
years later that this photo was a hoax. The image in the photo was
actually that of a toy submarine doctored up to look like the legendary
Unlike Bigfoot, who has a large habitat range
of thousands of square miles, the Loch Ness Monster is confined to one
small lake in Scotland. OK it's a BIG lake, but still small in
comparison to the vast wilderness that a creature such as Bigfoot can
hide in. It seems to me that that a lake such as Loch Ness could easily
be combed (which it has, with no results) to find a creature the size
that the Loch Ness Monster has been claimed to be be, (Roughly 40 feet
The only evidence that we have that this
creature exists, are people's testimony that they saw something in the
lake bobbing up and down, along with countless photos of things that
could be anything from a wake to a log. After all these years, we still
don't have one specimen or part of a specimen, nor do we have one
unambiguous photograph or video footage showing the thing.
Crop Circles are intricate geometric patterns found in
fields of wheat, corn, alfalfa, etc. People believe
that these circles are messages from aliens of another planet. In 1991,
Doug Bower and David Chorley admitted to hoaxing approximately 250 circles
over many years. Other hoaxers have shown their technique on the BBC.
Some people have claimed that the circles are too complex, and appeared
too quickly (literally overnight) to be made by humans. The hoaxers
easily showed that with careful planning, an elaborate and complex crop circle could be made in a
matter of hours.
Because I'm not a believer in the afterlife, I certainly do
not believe in ghosts. Ghosts are supposed to be the
manifestations of the dead. Some people believe that when a person
dies, that person's spirit or soul leaves the body and then journeys to
the afterlife, where ever that might be. A person's soul may go to
Hell or get stuck
here on Earth. If the soul gets stuck on Earth, then it becomes a
ghost, and is able to walk through walls, play mischievous pranks, and
scare the living daylights out of some people.
Just how would a soul get stuck here on
Earth? Wouldn't a person's soul get drawn into
Hell by forces
they couldn't overcome? Does the soul of a person retain its
just decides to hang around? Wouldn't a person be able to stay out
of Hell if they
decided to stick around as a ghost instead?
There are some people who believe that their loved one has gone to
Heaven to be
with the Lord after they have died. These same people also believe
that this loved one is haunting them in some fashion...Like moving
objects, causing electronic equipment to come by themselves, or what
have you. If a person is in
Heaven, then how
could they be down here on Earth haunting the place? Do they get a
free pass to leave
Heaven and come
down to wreck havoc with their love ones?
People have made claims that they have actually seen
ghosts. They may describe seeing a woman standing on a staircase,
wearing a red dress. Some folks have claimed to have seen
Confederate soldiers who were killed during the American Civil War.
They knew it was a Confederate soldier because of the gray uniform that
the ghost was wearing. Why would ghosts be wearing clothing?
Even if a person does have a soul that would become a ghost after their
death, the clothing they were wearing at the time of their death would
not have a soul. Ghosts, if they existed, would be naked.
Photographs of ghosts are proof positive of their
existence say believers. However, photographs of ghost are easily
explained. In most cases the photographs are forgeries, by double
exposing the film to make it look as if there is a ghostly image in the
photo. The most common photos depicting "ghosts" are that of
glowing orbs; balls of light that appear in the photo, but were not part
of the subject when the photo was taken. These glowing orbs are
nothing more than out of focus bits of dusts, insects or water droplets.
These orbs are so easily explained, that most modern "ghost hunters" do
not even accept them as images of ghosts.
© 1999 Derrick Miller