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Re: Request For Investigative & Remedial

From: Steven Kaeser <steve@konsulting.com>
Date: Sat, 15 Jun 2002 20:27:51 -0400
Fwd Date: Sun, 16 Jun 2002 13:15:28 -0400
Subject: Re: Request For Investigative & Remedial

 >From: John Velez <johnvelez.aic@verizon.net>
 >To: ufoupdates@virtuallystrange.net
 >Date: Sat, 15 Jun 2002 14:11:09 -0400
 >Subject: Re: Request For Investigative & Remedial Intervention


 >First... Dick Hall has posted _several_ excellent proposals for
 >a UFOlogical 'oversight' board or panel that have all been
 >uniformly ignored. A good place to start might be to go back in
 >the UpDates archives, dig up Dick Halls' proposals, and maybe
 >try to 'fine tune' and hopefully implement one of them. No need
 >to reinvent the wheel. Dick Halls' proposals are a great head
 >start on an already difficult task.

However, it was Richard's hard line approach to Ufology that
caused him to sever his involvement in the MUFON Journal. Much
of this field is driven by the profit motive or faith, and not
the pursuit of scientific integrity (which we probably couldn't
agree on anyway).

Bruce Hutchison wrote:

 >>It would be interesting though, if all published reports - books,
 >>articles, magazines, and even (...gasp!) TV 'documentaries'

John Responded:

 >Oh don't be such a snob, Bruce. Where else can the average
 >person get to see and hear the Mantell family? (For instance)
 >When hunting for information, _any_ source is a good one. TV
 >_can_ be every bit as useful and valuable for gleaning
 >information as print or any other media.

Of course the information you receive from that source is
filtered by a director and producer, who often make decisions
that help to increase viewers (and thus profits). I don't view
television documentaries as worthless, because (as you point
out) there is often no other way for the public to become
exposed to the stories being told. But I view them with
reservations and understand that I'm likely getting the
producer's view of 'reality'. You may recall the NOVA program
on Alien Abductions, and many of those who took part felt (to
some degree) betrayed when it took a very skeptical stance.

At this point, I know a number of researchers who are leery of
taking part in any documentaries, because they are often used
for material that profits the producer and does little to help
the genre. There is also a feeling that attempting to educate
the public, while the genre is primarily a form of
entertainment, is a waste of resources and time.

In the past, we've outlined goals that might help to lend
credibility to the field, but IMO there's little chance that you
could get two or three of us to agree on anything major. A
clear definition of the field, rules of evidence, and peer
review would help. But, they're unlikely at this point.

My 2-cents.


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