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Re: Debunkers' Guidebook - Randles

From: Jenny Randles <nufon@currantbun.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2001 21:29:55 +0100
Fwd Date: Sat, 21 Apr 2001 04:38:43 -0400
Subject: Re: Debunkers' Guidebook - Randles


 >Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2001 01:22:17 -0300
 >From: Don Ledger <dledger@ns.sympatico.ca>
 >To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@sympatico.ca>
 >Subject: Re: Debunkers' Guidebook


 >>From: Jenny Randles <nufon@currantbun.com>
 >>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@sympatico.ca>
 >>Subject: Re: Debunkers' Guidebook

 >Now if you are on quicksand already with the first sighting then
 >47 years later, I think it's a mistake to start writing off
 >another sighting [number 2] stating the faulty reasoning of the
 >first as a precedent. Again this is a case of the outside agent
 >second guessing the witnesses, and very credible and reliable
 >witnesses at that... with considerably more experience than the
 >"experts" at describing and encountering aerial phenomenon.

Hi,

I appreciate that point, of course.

But - pilots may be experts at flying. They are not experts at
seeing fireball meteors as these are rare enough for most air
crew never to see one.

And ufologists have an expertise at dealing with witness
testimony and how human perception experiences a visual
stimulus.

So in this case - yes, I respect the abilities of the pilots and
they are indeed very credible witnesses. But that doesn't mean
they should have been any more aware of what happens when  a
fireball meteor whizzes past you in mid air.

In this case it was the l995 sighting that I investigated. I saw
the Chiles-Whitted case as an interesting precedent and it was
Allen Hynek's expertise on this that I trusted to. He was an
astronomer and a very experienced investigator and certainly not
a skeptic.  But the Chiles-Whitted case was not the reason I
regard the l995 incident as solved.


Best wishes,

Jenny Randles





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