From: James Alexander <email@example.com> Date: Mon, 03 Jun 2002 20:30:23 -0400 Fwd Date: Mon, 03 Jun 2002 23:13:08 -0400 Subject: Re: Death of Ufology - Alexander >From: Steven Kaeser <firstname.lastname@example.org> >To: <email@example.com> >Date: Mon, 3 Jun 2002 08:15:29 -0400 >Subject: Re: Death of Ufology >>From: Malcolm McClaren <firstname.lastname@example.org> >>To: email@example.com >>Date: Mon, 3 Jun 2002 04:18:54 -0500 >>Subject: Re: Death of Ufology >>>From: Wendy Connors <FadedDiscs@comcast.net> >>>To: UFO Updates <UFOUpdates@virtuallystrange.net> >>>Subject: Death of Ufology >>>Date: Sun, 02 Jun 2002 00:21:21 -0600 >Malcolm >I would tend to agree with most of what you've said, but believe >the credibility of ufology has been stymied by more than it's >own failings. CISCOP often shows the same tendancies of >expressing facts based on faith and belief, as oppsed to >evidence and data, so we find that both sides (in some ways) >suffer the same failings. The sad fact is that for most people >this is a form of entertainment, and not a pursuit of scientific >truth. For others the genre has become a ray hope for a better >future, which is similar to that of may religions. >There are those who would pursue this from a scientific >perspective, but it's difficult to gain attention when the noise >level is so high and both sides in the debate have already >convinced themselves of the "truth". Hi Steve, Malcom (& Everyone else) I agree with this too. I've been noticing that the word 'Truth' is bandied about as if it were a matter of Faith. I don't subscribe to that idea. I regard Truth as being the same as Fact. Those who investigate this phenomenon (Stanton Friedman, Chris Rutkowski and so on) are ones I regard as being ones who are more likely to come up with valid findings based on real investigation rather than those post wild speculation (both UFO believers and debunkers fall into this later group). I suspect theres not going to be any easy answers for the credibility problems. The fakes, hoaxers and skepti-cult-like debunkers have been around for years and it will probably take just as long to ditch the "kookery" that surrounds the UFO subject.
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