An Interesting Observation - UFO Conjecture(s)

Rich Reynolds has a pair of posts centering on a charming case from the March/April 1978 issue of the Beyond Reality/UFO Update! magazine. Rich's psychology background informs his temptation to see a sighting by a pair of young brothers of an aerial object that "had legs all over it" as folie a deux. But he notes that that phenomenon is rare in children. Commenter Jean suggests a different source for the brothers' report, as a misperception of the planet Venus, and adduces a couple of sources to back up this theory. In The Venus Meme Rich considers Jean's diagnosis and believes it's not the answer. Reynolds then evaluates the common skeptical explanation for UFO sightings as the planet Venus misperceived. Reynolds offers strong arguments for rejecting this explanation. (WM)

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