From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul> Date: Mon, 9 Sep 2013 10:15:13 +0100 Archived: Mon, 09 Sep 2013 19:23:26 -0400 Subject: Gullible Sceptics Hello List Have to beat this drum again, because recent posts show that some gullible folk are still repeating the MSM mantra that "there's no firm evidence of sightings". I'm willing to pass over or even discount all the ancient historic reports, because such folk would say "They spoke a language of metaphors in those days, and most are probably hear-say myths anyway". But there are many reports from a more recent time when well educated folk were already doubting superstition (including religion) but still they saw things they couldn't explain. Here's one from Casanova, in the mid 1700s (his memoirs are adjudged "the most authentic sources of the customs and norms of European social life during the 18th century"). At the time he was rather broke and so walked overnight from Castel-Nuovo to Rome (maybe 15+ miles on the Via Flaminia). [Quotation Begins] "I must not forget to mention here a rather peculiar circumstance, which, however ridiculous it may be in reality, will please many of my readers. An hour after I had left Castel- Nuovo, the atmosphere being calm and the sky clear, I perceived on my right, and within ten paces of me, a pyramidal flame about two feet long and four or five feet above the ground. This apparition surprised me, because it seemed to accompany me. Anxious to examine it, I endeavoured to get nearer to it, but the more I advanced towards it the further it went from me. It would stop when I stood still, and when the road along which I was travelling happened to be lined with trees, I no longer saw it, but it was sure to reappear as soon as I reached a portion of the road without trees. I several times retraced my steps purposely, but, every time I did so, the flame disappeared, and would not shew itself again until I proceeded towards Rome. This extraordinary beacon left me when daylight chased darkness from the sky. ... I must candidly confess that, although somewhat versed in physics, the sight of that small meteor gave me singular ideas. But I was prudent enough not to mention the circumstance to any one." [Quotation Ends] Full extract and references at: www.perceptions.couk.com/casanova-sighting.txt And an even more informative sightings report was made in 1883 by Jose Arbol y Bonilla, Director of the Observatory of Zacatecas, Mexico, of what happened when he was attempting to record sunspots. [Quotation Begins] "On August 12, 1883, at 08:00 am, I began to draw sunspots when I suddenly saw a small light entering the field of the lens, seen on the paper that I used to reproduce sunspots, and, crossing the solar-disc, it then looked like a shadow almost circular. I had not recovered from my amazement when the same phenomenon was reproduced again, and then again, so often that in a space of two hours I could count up to 283 bodies across the solar disk." [Quotation Ends] Full report and references (and a photo) at: www.perceptions.couk.com/bonilla.html Those reports are from a time when there were no UFO cults and no motivation - financial or otherwise - to make-up such stories. Most importantly there was no Government censorship of science. Samples of other sighting reports from scientists and other educated observers are at: www.perceptions.couk.com/fortre1883.html which also has links to more extensive data. Cheers Ray D Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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