Monday, June 11, 2012

Q&A: What happened on the night of the controversial "Phoenix Lights"?

Question by astrowulf2002: What happened on the night of the controversial "Phoenix Lights"?
Were there really "U.F.O."(s) in the sky over Phoenix, Arizona, USA, on March 13, 1997, or was it military flares (from the nearby military installation there), or etc.?

Please leave your comments!


  1. diaryofamadblackmanJune 11, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    There is a lot of speculation about that night. Some believe they were UFOs that hovered over the city for 3 hours I believe. The military version is that they were flares. Personally I have never heard of flares that can hover in a perfectly straight line for that period of time. Some say it was a secret military operation. It is a well known fact that the military does put out false info to cover their secret projects. The now abandoned area 51 was finally said to exist by the government after years of denying its existence. You be the judge.

  2. libertarian_atheistJune 11, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Many believers in pseudoscience like UFO's or creationism often use the "argument from ignorance." This logical fallacy is structured as, "we don't have an explanation for this phenomenon, therefore it was a UFO" or "...therefore, god did it." Put another way, it's saying, "I'm ignorant of the cause, therefore I'm going to believe it was the really cool-sounding mystical explanation." One of the problems with the argument from ignorance is that when a valid, supportable explanation _does_ come along, those holding the fantastical beliefs will not admit they were wrong, and go on continuing to believe in their wishful thinking.

    As the late great Carl Sagan so succinctly put it, claims require proof, and extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof. Don't be so quick to assume the most fantastical explanation out there. The truth--that it may have been just military flares--may be a lot less exciting, but it's a dangerous thing when explanations are determined by a popularity contest rather than by reason, logic, and hard evidence.