Bomb The Moon!!

Tomorrow morning at 7:31 NASA’s Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite will crash its Centaur upper-stage rocket into the lunar surface. A mere 4 min. later, the main body of the LCROSS will follow, plummeting through the debris cloud caused by the first crash. It will collect and relaying information back to Earth before crashing into the Cabeus crater close to the south pole of the Moon. The concept behind this excercise is to look for the presence of water in the polar soil.

Already there are people foretelling doom and gloom. The conspiracy theorists are suggesting that the reason we are “bombing” the moon is that we found some sort of technology there years ago. One is also stating that the shapes of various space agency insignia has something to do with the technology that we supposedly found on the moon.

According to one of these people, they think that there will be tidal waves and earthquakes caused by this. There is absolutely no reason to think this will be the case. The Moon suffers impacts almost daily and yet we have no changes here.

The person in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ggc1-jB2lhQ: clearly is NOT using deductive reasoning. His arguments are based in misinformation, conspiracy theory and fallacy. There are SO many logical fallacies in his argument that I cannot begin to name them.

This IS an excellent example of one of the formats of “Appeal to Consequence of a Belief”, though.  Here’s an idea. See how many logical fallacies you can find in his argument and post them here.

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Seeing Is Believing

There is a type of logical fallacy called “Appeal to Belief”. It has a basic pattern of:

1 – “Most people believe that X is true”

2 – Therefor X is true

For instance,

“Most people believe that unidentifiable lights in the sky at night are UFOs”

Therefor “Aliens have visited Earth”.

Roswell and Area 51 is a perfect example of the “People believe it therefor it must be true” school of logical fallacy. Of course there will always be True Believers out there. We can only keep giving them information and hope that eventually it will stick with them.

Yes. Area 51 DOES exist. People commute by plane back and forth daily to the complex. Area 51 deals with research and development. You can read about the history of the place, why the airspace is restricted and some background here: http://science.howstuffworks.com/area-5113.htm

It has been shown repeatedly that what people thought was a UFO was nothing more than a weather balloon. BUT because people believe that a UFO crash landed there and “credible” witnesses claim that bodies were removed, then aliens MUST have crash landed there.

It all goes back to using your skeptical thinking processes. Can this be real? What does the evidence say? Is this really a credible source for information on this subject?

Question everything. It’s the Skeptic’s Way.

If you want to read more about what the possibilities are of humans being alone in the Universe, pick up a copy of Phil Plait’s book “Death From The Skies” There’s a chapter in there on aliens and their evil machinations on Planet Earth.