From: Larry Hatch <larryhatch.nul> Date: Sat, 07 Feb 2004 07:57:43 -0800 Fwd Date: Sat, 07 Feb 2004 15:04:23 -0500 Subject: Re: State Of Ufology - Hatch >From: Richard Hall <hallrichard99.nul> >To: ufoupdates.nul >Date: Sat, 07 Feb 2004 14:28:14 +0000 >Subject: Re: State Of Ufology >>From: Ray Dickenson <editor.nul> >>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul> >>Date: Fri, 06 Feb 2004 18:00:09 +0000 >>Subject: Re: State Of Ufology >>>From: Kenny Young <ufo.nul> >>>To: ufoupdates.nul >>>Date: Thu, 05 Feb 2004 03:14:46 -0500 >>>Subject: Re: State Of Ufology >>>If academia had not abandoned the UFO subject, the >>>snake-oil salesmen would not have stepped in to fill >>>the vacuum >This is a chicken or egg question. But one thing we know for >certain is that the snake-oil salesmen have stepped in to fill >the vacuum. Agreed. <snip> >.... "Academia" is not monolithic, and many members >do take UFOs seriously and work at it quietly. That is what interests me here. I suppose nobody has reliable percentages, but I somehow suspect that the number of closet UFO-interested mainstream types, scientists and even SETI people, is larger than one might guess offhand. In fields like Astronomy, where the number of talented and qualified candidates greatly outnumber the jobs available, any hint of interest in the 'paranormal' could spell doom. Imagine two projects competing for federal research funds; one headed up by a "UFO-nut", the other (equally qualified) by somebody looking to undercut the first .. and all this in the face of a government that is in total ufo-mess avoidance mode. How about college professors competing for tenure, or the next opening at a prestigious university? I was cataloguing UFO sightings for 10 or 12 years before I stuck my name out publicly, and I'm no high ranking academic. Honest skeptics aside; charlatans, mystics and airheads do everything imaginable to make this terrible situation worse. Who, with a scientific reputation to maintain, is going to publicly state their interest in UFOs, in a world where Bob Lazar can waltz out of Area 51 carrying 2 kg of element 115 and survive... where UFO cultists commit mass suicide... where snake-oil is more costly in volume? No. 'Le College Invisible' is what we have. Lets be glad for that, and I don't envision big changes any time soon. What I hope I see, are signs that some very bright people, some one might not expect, do take these matters seriously. I wonder if there is some way to estimate, however crudely, just how many closet UFO people there actually are within science and academia, in percentage terms. I don't need names, but I'd enjoy some rough numbers. Best wishes - Larry Hatch PS: Back in the 1950s when I was a kid, some well known UFO movie/documentary played on one of the 3 TV channels we had then. Afterward, I went outside to look at the sky. Right next door, was the hard-headed and very successful businessman who still lives there today! He was clearly doing the exact same thing. Over the 50 years since then, he never indicated the slightest interest in UFOs.
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