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Meier Believer Fails To Prove His Claim

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Sun, 07 Mar 2004 11:51:33 -0500
Fwd Date: Sun, 07 Mar 2004 11:51:33 -0500
Subject: Meier Believer Fails To Prove His Claim 




Source: PRWeb

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March 5, 2004


UFO Believer Fails Challenge To Prove His Claim! Proponent
Unwilling to Provide Evidence to Back His Claim

The Independent Investigations Group and The Center for Inquiry-
West challenged the representative of the famous Billy Meier UFO
case to provide the evidence he claims to have of
extraterrestrial encounters. He refused.


Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) March 5, 2004 -- For the past three
years, Michael Horn, the self-described Authorized American
Media Representative for The Billy Meier Contacts, has been
claiming that The Center for Inquiry-West (CFI-West) has failed
to prove that the Billy Meier photographs are a hoax and
therefore the Billy Meier photographs are of real
extraterrestrial spaceships. This is, of course, a logical
fallacy. In addition, Michael Horn’s original challenge was to
“duplicate the effect” of the Meier photos, not to prove the
case a hoax.

On Wednesday, February 11, 2004, The Independent Investigations
Group (IIG) and CFI-West published a side-by-side comparison of
“fake” UFO photos taken by members of the IIG versus “real” UFO
photos taken by Billy Meier on the IIG website at
www.iigwest.com/ufopix.html. Having successfully completed
Michael Horn’s original challenge to “duplicate the effect” of
the Billy Meier photos, he then changed the challenge to include
having the IIG photos tested in the same manner he claims the
Billy Meier photos were tested. He also said that he had a piece
of metal that he claims to have come from an extraterrestrial
spacecraft that also proves that Billy Meier has had contact
with extraterrestrial visitors.

On Friday, February 27, 2004, The IIG and CFI-West challenged
Michael Horn to provide ONE original camera roll of negatives,
out of the approximately 1,200 supposed UFO photos taken by
Billy Meier, and a small piece of the metal he claims to have
come from an extraterrestrial spacecraft as physical evidence
for examination.

Less than two hours after receiving this challenge, Michael Horn
emailed back a refusal to provide ANY actual physical evidence
to back up his claim. CFI-West and the IIG suspect that any
physical material he would provide for testing would show the
Billy Meier case to be a hoax, and that Mr. Horn might lose
income selling DVDs and giving lectures about the Billy Meier
UFO claims.

This refusal to back up a claim with hard evidence is not new to
the IIG, whose business it is to investigate fringe science,
paranormal and extraordinary claims from a rational, scientific
viewpoint, and disseminate factual information about such
inquiries to the public. You can visit www.iigwest.com for
information on other claims that people have made to the IIG in
the past. To see the entire correspondence with Michael Horn and
his claims go to www.iigwest.com/horn.letters.html and to see
the comparison of photos taken by the IIG versus photos taken by
Billy Meier go to www.iigwest.com/ufopix.html.

The Center for Inquiry-West is the west coast home to the
Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the
Paranormal (CSICOP), publisher of Skeptical Inquirer magazine.
Visit our website at www.cfiwest.org, or call (323) 666-9797

For more information contact:
James Underdown, Executive Director
Center for Inquiry-West
(323) 666-9797 ext 101


[UFO UpDates thanks Norman for the lead]



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