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Re: Review Of Sight Unseen - Miller

From: Stuart Miller <Stuart.Miller4.nul>
Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2004 17:27:53 -0000
Fwd Date: Tue, 03 Feb 2004 13:54:00 -0500
Subject: Re: Review Of Sight Unseen - Miller


>From: Luis R. Gonzalez <lrgm.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2004 00:08:05 +0100
>Subject: Re: Review Of 'Sight Unseen' By Hopkins & Rainey

>>From: Gildas Bourdais <gbourdais.nul>
>>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>>Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2004 15:42:28 +0100
>>Subject: Re: Review Of 'Sight Unseen' By Hopkins & Rainey


Gildas, Luis and List,

With respect gentlemen, I think you are missing the point here.

I am not suggesting that the book should not be subjected to
analytical review, but by the very nature of the subject matter,
it will inevitably fall down on that score. I am sure there are
countless holes in it that can be picked till they bleed.

I regard the book, which I enjoyed enormously, as a very brave
attempt by the authors to take the subject of abduction one
stage further. And in doing so I think Hopkins and Rainey have
taken a massive and admirable gamble with their professional
reputations.

If Hopkins is convinced of the veracity of a witnesses testimony
(and as he revealed, he has various means of checking) and yet
the story falls outside even the parameters of the extremely
broad boundaries that this subject already imposes, then what is
he to do? Given his intellect and experience, he will attempt to
offer some "reasonable" explanation, and that is exactly what he
and Carol have done. All that Carol, on the science side of
things has done is to pull together a number of both existing
and original ideas, as well as solid facts, put them together in
a reasoned and thought out manner, and then say, "This is what
might have happened". She's not saying, "This is definitely what
happened".  It's placed before you gentlemen for your reasoned
and considered opinion. As I read it, they don't want you to
take what they say as fact. These are ideas, intelligently
posited and thoughtfully constructed and laid before the reader
to think about. Of course, it is your choice to reject or
accept.

Hopkins admits that it took him, as I remember, close to two
decades to get his thoughts in order on this. He's aware of the
risk he's taking, and it appears, not without some discomfort. I
for one applaud his and Carol's bravery. I think it is a
landmark book and, as I mentioned in my own review, I think
their ideas will gradually, over time, gain acceptance and
filter through into mainstream thinking. Rip it apart,
gentlemen, by all means, but I will not be looking at the detail
too closely. My preference is to stand back and take a broader
view.


Regards

Stuart Miller




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