What is your take on extraterrestrial intelligences, have you seen "UFO"s , or even been in one if you lucky and caught by a surprise ? Have you met any people from other planets ? Or simply if you have not, what are your thoughts about the topic, and would you like to have an experience ?
Do you believe in the existence extraterrestrials ? (Belief is based on faith or trust without looking at the evidence, data, mathematical models, that is because your friend saw something, and you trust your friend, without research, that is belief)
Do you understand the existence of extraterrestrials ?
(Understanding is based on collecting data , evidence, mathematical models such as drake equation, astrobiology research etc and deriving a conclusion)
Do you know the existence of extraterrestrials ?
(That is when you have had your own personal experience, scrutinized it to be legitimate experience, as well as comparing your experience with other's evidence data and so on)
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As a dear childhood friend suggested 40+ years ago, 'we have too many brain cells, this makes us unsettled, morose, and easily concerned about the unknown that surrounds us, and can penetrate us at any moment...'
Ah, but the liberal application of alcohol can greatly reduce that burden.
Here you go, James - this should solve that surplus brain cell problem of yours --
My hyena pack!? No one on this site has vowed any loyalty to me.
Interesting thing about hyenas, they'll turn on their leader if they happen to smell blood - loyalty isn't their strong suit.
it's a pastime enjoyed by almost everyone here, including yourself until recently, so it seems.
You've never known me to attack anyone who's defenseless and in need of empathy and compassion - I am not, nor will I ever be, one of you.
Probably the most intellectually profound statement I've ever known you to make.
Sometimes just talking to someone who understands and has "been there" is enough to feel better.
I'd go even further and say sometimes just listening helps. I haven't had PTSD, but I've been in housing and group therapy with PTSDers, even a Navy Seal who had horrible, life-changing stories. One of the biggest impediments to recovery is the feeling that you can't even talk to anyone about how you feel.
But PTSD can affect skeptics too.
In this case it didn't affect a skeptic. But I get what you're trying to say, and I know you're a good person.
We can agree to disagree and still be friends ;)
I'll agree on that.
I applaud everything you've said, Belle - I can only assume there those here who haven't evolved sufficiently, to be able to figure that out yet.