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Re: Science & The Failure To Investigate

From: Bob Young <YoungBob2.nul>
Date: Thu, 31 Oct 2002 23:37:55 EST
Archived: Fri, 01 Nov 2002 09:56:07 -0400
Subject: Re: Science & The Failure To Investigate


>From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
>To: - UFO UpDates Subscribers -
>Date: Thu, 31 Oct 2002 04:09:39 -0500
>Subject: Science & The Failure To Investigate Unidentified Aerial Phenomena

>http://www.freedomofinfo.org/news/science_research.pdf

>Science and the Failure To Investigate Unidentified Aerial Phenomena
>by
>Leslie Kean

>A Research Report

>Commissioned by SCI FI Channel

Friends:

Since Greer's effort just seems to have pettered out, it looks
like this is an attempt to do the same thing, again, just for
publicity.

What a piece of crap. It continues the BS approach of Sturrock
in the "Executive Summary" by not even mentioning the Colorado
Report, except in passing, but then later actually ignores it
again with, "There has been no independent Federally financed
scientific research conducted into these phenomena since 1969".
 Later in the body of the report it does mention the findings
and the NAS endorsement. Of course it does exactly what it
accuses Condon of doing: negative conclusions in the summary
which the press reads, ignoring the full report.

And then, "29 percent of the cases studied in the Condon Report
remain unexplained to this day," citing Sturrock, but mentioning
nothing published by skeptics on these cases since 1969.

When it get to the Sturrock Panel in the Executive Summary, it
also fails to mention its negative conclusion, which was similar
to the Condon Report. Only later in the body of the document is
its negative conclusion about the cases presented given. These
two identical treatments of scientific studies which reached
negative conclusions: mentioning positive statements in the
summary but burying the negative conclusions in the body of this
report certainly suggests a deliberate effort at deception, in
my opinion.

The COMETA group is discussed under the heading, "The French
Government". Of course this group was not a French Government
group, but a private group of UFO enthusiasts.

While mentioning the 1952 DC radar returns as a lead-in to the
Battelle Report #14, it never mentions the CAA study of those
very sightings determined a cause.

A scroll down through the 86 footnotes reveals that the only
skeptics listed anywhere for information in this report were
Carl Sagan and Thornton Page, for UFOs: A Scientific Debate, but
that this actually was for McDonald's paper reprinted from the
symposium. Also Gordon Thayer and William K Hartmann for two of
their Condon Report case studies.

Nobody could write this much about UFOs without running accross
any skeptical writing, unless this was all purged deliberately
in a cynical effort to give out something which most lazy
editors or reporters would take but never check out.

A statement such as, "Ridicule remains the predominant
mainstream media response to the subject, despite the fact that
those dismissing it have not looked at the evidence and are
uninformed," is positively breathtaking in its arrogance,
considering the scope of the information used for this report.

But then, what did I expect. It seems that it's real purpose is
simply to create a phony "campaign" whose purpose is to promote
a TV show.

X-Files Redux. Yawn.

Clear skies,

Bob Young

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