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Re: 50 Years Ago The Coniston UFO Photograph -

From: Steven Kaeser <steve.nul>
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2004 11:48:00 -0500
Fwd Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2004 03:44:11 -0500
Subject: Re: 50 Years Ago The Coniston UFO Photograph -

>From: Tim Shell <tshell.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2004 09:05:22 -0600
>Subject: Re: 50 Years Ago The Coniston UFO Photograph


>I've always been wary of admitted hoaxes. I guess I'm just a
>hardened skeptic who doesn't believe anybody, no matter what
>they say.

>I wonder why someone's admission of a hoax is so much more often
>readily accepted than that someone's initial claim. Particularly
>when it's proven they often have much more motivation to take
>back their claim after they've had a strong dose of unwelcome
>attention from the authorities and the fringies.

>Also (in a neat little bit of circular logic), if a person is so
>untrustworthy as to create a hoax, if they've shown themselves
>to be horrible liars, why do they suddenly become trustworthy
>when they admit it?

>I guess we're much more likely to believe people when they're
>telling us things we want to hear.

I think the issue is that no one has the ability to listen with
a completely open mind and uses their own beliefs, faith and
training to filter all information they absorb. Unidentified
events that don't fit the expected pattern are viewed with
skepticism, while the later admissions that it was all a hoax
would tend to let it fit those expected norms.

In the early days of ufology there were a number of researchers
who began the process of testing the public by creating hoaxes
to see how they would react. In the end (for some of them) their
area of interest evolved from the identification of unknowns to
the public's reaction to them. Gray Barker was one such
researcher, and his work is today considered suspect because he
became involved in hoaxing UFOs.

IMO, there's probably value in testing public perceptions, and
how our view of reality impacts our ability to view data with an
open mind. Unfortunately, UFO researchers seem to have their own
areas of interest and most are leary of opening that
psychological can of worms.


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