They say human beings don’t like questions without answers. If there’s a big unanswered question, someone answers it with a myth, a conspiracy theory, a lie, or a guess, forgetting I guess about randomness. (For a challenge read http://www.askamathematician.com/2009/12/q-do-physicists-really-believe-in-true-randomness/)
Take flying saucers, for example. One night about 1948 our family was watching a movie in a drive-in theater in Charlotte, North Carolina. I don’t recall anything being on the screen at the time, but a round fiery object appearerd from the right at about a 45 degree angle in the night sky and traveled to the left across the horizon, never veering towards earth. I’d guess it must have taken about 4-8 seconds to traverse the horizon. It wasn’t long enough for people to express their surprise by honking. My family all saw it and the next day in the newspaper it was reported that a number of calls had been made to some place like the airport, and they thought it was something like a weather balloon. It looked like a fireball, not like a meteorite. Maybe “they” were trying to sneak a peek at the movie without paying for a ticket? Now don’t get mad at me for spoiling the romance of this lovely d’verse night, but I don’t like unaswered questions myself.
The horse’s blinders
vaccine for insanity
humble and in awe.