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Re: Request For Investigative & Remedial

From: Bruce Hutchinson <bhutch@grassyhill.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Jun 2002 23:04:49 -500
Fwd Date: Sat, 15 Jun 2002 03:04:58 -0400
Subject: Re: Request For Investigative & Remedial


 >From: Kevin Randle <KRandle993@aol.com>
 >To: ufoupdates@virtuallystrange.net
 >Date: Fri, 14 Jun 2002 09:51:29 EDT
 >Subject: Re: Request For Investigative & Remedial Intervention

Kevin, List and Readers

<snip>

 >This, I believe illustrates one of the points I have been trying
 >to make about peer review. Here is a case that is solved and yet
 >we are discussing it again.

<snip>

Now that everyone can be a 'publisher' on the 'net, I predict
that this case will still be hotly debated, and figure
prominently in many an 'Authoritive UFO Casebook', 50 years from
now - despite all efforts to  debunk the story.

The fact that "The Cookie Recipe" urban myth is still
circulating, and many will vouch for it's authenticity, speaks
volumes for the refusal of a good story to go away.

I have mentioned this before, but professional UFO investigators
have to distance themselves. There are thousands of barrack-room
lawyers out there, and they will always attract a certain
segment of the population. Yet the legal profession has
established a *certain* amount of credibility (...well, OK! So
maybe this was a bad example!:) ) through a professional
certification board.

Some sort of Professional Association or Committee to establish
professional guidelines and credentials is urgently needed.

Kevin's notion of a "peer review"... that I think will be
difficult. There is an awful lot of noise, and the signals just
get lost. Look at all the other Case Review boards that have
analyzed UFO reports over the years. Each has managed to use a
different signal/noise filter, and ended up being castigated by
large segments of the UFO Community for their choices, and their
conclusions.

It would be interesting though, if all published reports - books,
articles, magazines, and even (...gasp!) TV 'documentaries'
would submit to a peer review before publication. But given the
present climate of funding and egos, I doubt that will ever
happen.

Regards,

Bruce Hutchinson



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