I have a friend—actually, I have more than one friend. I have three friends. Perhaps I would have more than three friends if I showered more.
So, one of my three friends says that there is no life anywhere in the Universe except for Earth.
“Do you know how vast the Universe is?” I ask.
“Yup,” he says.
“And with the billions of galaxies containing billions of stars, which are suns, there isn’t another planet anywhere with life?”
“How do you know?”
“I just know.”
“So you don’t believe in flying saucers?”
“It’s all bullshit.”
“What about the ex-U.S. military men who have come forward and said, ‘I was part of a UFO crash retrieval unit.’ ?”
“They’re full of shit.”
“Why would they lie?”
“They want to sell books.”
“But some have not written a book.”
“Well, they’re full of shit anyway.”
“What about the UFO files that the U.S. government keeps? UFO researchers have used the Freedom of Information Act to obtain these documents. Often, the UFO researchers report that the documents are completely redacted. Why would the U.S. government keep files on something that does not exist?”
“Because that’s what governments do. It’s a bureaucracy, and they like to keep files.”
“On things that do not exist?”
“Listen,” he says, “I would believe in flying saucers if you can tell me who built them, how they were built, and how they travel through space to get to Earth. Can you tell me that?”
“How would I know? It’s an advanced alien civilization. How would I know how they built their flying saucers and traveled through space?”
“Exactly. Since you can’t answer my questions, then flying saucers don’t exist.”
“What? Let me make sure I understand what you are saying. Because I can’t tell you who built the flying saucers, how they were built, and how they traveled through space, then flying saucers don’t exist?”
“Do you realize what you are saying?”
“Yup. It’s common sense.”
So there you have it. It’s another excellent example of rational human reasoning.
By the way, I have noticed that all three of my friends have one thing in common: a poor sense of smell.