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Re: Review Of 'Sight Unseen' By Hopkins & Rainey -

From: Gildas Bourdais <gbourdais.nul>
Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2004 15:42:28 +0100
Fwd Date: Mon, 02 Feb 2004 16:19:55 -0500
Subject: Re: Review Of 'Sight Unseen' By Hopkins & Rainey -


>From: Luis R. Gonzalez <lrgm.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Sun, 1 Feb 2004 12:22:18 +0100
>Subject: Re: Review Of 'Sight Unseen' By Hopkins & Rainey

>The recent spate of laudatory comments about Sight Unseen has
>prompted me to put it at the top of my reading list. I got it
>last Christmas, read the dust covers, leafed through it, and put
>it back behind some other titles like Howe's Glimpses... (I
>finally decided to get them after the recent debate about that
>alleged Brazilian abduction's photos). But I disgress.....

>Those who have read my posts here would suspect (rightly) that
>my opinion about Sight Unseen is not as positive. Nevertheless,
>I will give you a detailed review when I finish it... if you are
>interested in my humble opinion, of course.

>But, taking advantage of Katharina Wilson's presence, I would
>like to learn more about her "airport incident".

<snip>

>The important point here is not if aliens really exist and use
>(or not) a recognizable technology. The real point is that Carol
>did not do her homework properly and _her_ extrapolations have
>no logic. After a succinct glance, the same can be said about her
>other proposals in the book. This is why I do not consider this
>book valuable in advancing a scientific Ufology.


To Luis and all,

Thank you for your critique, on the tentative explanations
proposed by Carol Rainey. You may be right, and her exercise may
be a bit short.

In turn, I don't understand clearly you critic on the supposed
invisibility of Katharina. You say that other people should have
bumped into her, but she explains that she could see them, so
she could avoid them. I don't understand either your critic of
the missing time : people waited for her one hour and so it is a
well established fact. The other troubling time problem is that
she apparently crossed the O'Hare airport in no time. That's
another problem on its own !

However, I have a more general remark on you post. The merit of
that book, it seems to me, is that it dares present and discuss
"high strangeness" cases. Until now, such cases were treated by
authors with a more esoteric approach, such as John Keel, or
authors with a more cultural and skeptical viewpoint. The
originality of this book is to try a more rational approach on
such cases. It is a risky game, and Carol Rainey and Budd admit
it. At the end of the chapter "Behind the scenery", in which
Carol Rainey talks about quantum physics, non locality and the
like, she concludes : "It's also possible that not one of those
scientific constructs comes close to explaining  the source of
what our witnesses saw and experienced".

It is going to be easy to demolish the book, if you want to. But
I feel that it goes in the right direction. To be sure, there is
still a long way to go!


Gildas Bourdais


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