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Re: Death of Ufology - Fleming

From: Lan Fleming <lfleming5@houston.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 04 Jun 2002 13:45:34 -0500
Fwd Date: Tue, 04 Jun 2002 16:59:33 -0400
Subject: Re: Death of Ufology - Fleming


 >From: Malcolm McClaren <clandestine@moonshinehollow.com>
 >To: ufoupdates@virtuallystrange.net
 >Date: Mon, 3 Jun 2002 04:18:54 -0500
 >Subject: Re: Death of Ufology

 >Funded credible scientific research would address this matter
 >but as we know ufology has discredited itself therefore science
 >won't touch it with a barge pole.


I very much doubt that this is true. I think "funded credible"
scientists don't study UFOs because there is no way they can get
funded to do it. If the government were to provide grants for
UFO research, scientists would be stepping all over each other
trying to get them, no matter how much the subject is held in
disrepute by the scientific orthodoxy. There've always been a
legions of quacks peddling phony cancer cures, but that never
stopped medical scientists from working on real cures because
the money was always available for it in large quantities.

In the case of UFO research, what we have instead is a small
number of _unfunded_ but credible scientists devoting their own
time and money to the research simply because they find the
subject interesting and worthy of study. The "lunatic fringe"
are naturally attracted to UFOs like ants are naturally
attracted to a picnic. It's not the fault of the serious
researchers; there's really nothing they can do about it.

It would help if the news media were to report more on the good
researchers, but they prefer to focus on the lunatic fringe. I
think that one way for UFO researchers to improve the reputation
of their field of study is to cultivate relationships with
conscientious journalists. As for the funding problem, academic
and government funding sources are permanently blocked to the
study of UFOs. But researchers might consider trying to gain the
support of successful business entrepreneurs. Like the princes
of the Renaissance, they tend to support work they find
appealing without much regard for the latest academic fashion
trends or government funding policies. The National Institute
for Discovery Science, founded by a wealthy real estate
businessman, is the sort of thing that I'm thinking of here.




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