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Re: Press Release SSE/UFOs

From: jared@valuserve.com (Andromeda.net- Anderson, Jared)
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 1997 18:50:52 -0700
Fwd Date: Wed, 15 Oct 1997 01:41:32 -0400
Subject: Re: Press Release SSE/UFOs

> From: Patricia Mason <pmason@ee.net>
> Date: Sat, 11 Oct 1997 08:35:06 -0400
> Fwd Date: Sat, 11 Oct 1997 10:27:31 -0400
> Subject: Press Release SSE/UFOs

> Sorry, I don't have a date for this. It was sent to me courtesy
> of Robert Collins <fidelio@ix.netcom.com>.

> -----

> Press Release

> There may be more to UFO evidence than just verbal reports of
> what people see in the sky.

> Some UFO evidence may be worthy of scientific investigation.

> This is the tentative conclusion of a panel of scientists
> convened by the Society for Scientific Exploration to examine
> this matter.

> The panel of nine scientists met at a conference center near New
> York from September 29 to October 3.

> The panel reviewed evidence presented by eight UFO investigators,
> and will issue a report within a few months that summarizes the
> workshop activities and makes recommendations for further
> research.

> The panelists were drawn from France, Germany and the United
> States.

> The investigators came from France, Germany, Norway and the
> United States.

> The strong representation from France is due to the fact that
> France is the only country that has an unclassified on-going
> official investigation into UFO reports.  This program, at CNES
> the French Space Agency in Toulouse,  is headed by Jean-Jacques
> Velasco who was a participant in the workshop.

> Velasco described damage to soil and vegetation associated with a
> strange object that was seen to land at a farm in
> Trans-en-Provence in France, departing within about one minute.
> This evidence has been analyzed by scientists in France on behalf
> of CNES.

> Other evidence presented and critically reviewed at the workshop
> included photographs, video records, spectroscopic data, radar
> records, reports of malfunctions of automobile and aircraft
> equipment, material specimens, and radiation-type injuries to
> witnesses.

> "We made no effort to solve the UFO problem," said Von Eshleman
> of Stanford University and Thomas Holzer of the High Altitude
> Observatory, Co-Chairs of the Review Panel. "We had a far more
> modest goal.  We were here only to inform ourselves about claimed
> evidence, and to try to decide if further scientific study of
> such evidence is likely to significantly advance the resolution
> of the UFO problem."

> The "UFO problem" was defined by Peter Sturrock of Stanford
> University, direct or of the workshop, as the problem of
> understanding the cause or causes of UFO reports.

> "Honest people report strange observations.  Not all reports have
> obvious explanations. So what are the not-so-obvious
> explanations? I would like to see scientists play a more active
> role in helping to unravel this 50-year old mystery.  I see the
> workshop as a small step in this direction."

> Other members of the panel were Randy Jokipii of the University
> of Arizona, Francois Louange from France, Jay Melosh of the
> University of Arizona, James  Papike of the University of New
> Mexico, Guenther Reitz from Germany, Charles Tolbert from the
> University of Virginia, and Bernard Veyret from France.

Being unfamiliar with the Society for Scientific Exploration, I
was intrigued by this press release. Any possibility for
organized scientific investigation of the UFO phenomenon at the
University level should leave the UFO community falling all over
itself with delight.

I don't live that far from Stanford University so I called Prof.
Sturrock to collect some information about this group of
scientists and their aspirations.

According to Sturrock the jury is still out with the overall
picture of UFO evidence and the conclusions of SSE regarding
whether the sum of available evidence constitutes a neccessity
for serious scientific study. however, the prospect looks very
high. Although my conversation with Sturrock was brief, his
descriptions of SSE's direction and the information in the
litertaure he sent me about the organization revealed that they
are indeed taking a serious look at not only the UFO issue but
some other areas that sit at the edge of scientific
understanding.  It looks like Sturrock may be planning to
re-analyze the Condon report which has already been done by
several UFO organizations and independant researchers, but has
never been done at the University level with the calibre of
scientists in the SSE bios. Marsha Simms told me they are looking
forward to "replacing" the Condon report with their own.

Observe:
http://www.jse.com/index.html


Jared



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