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Re: Is Ufology Doing All Of Its Job?

From: Steven Kaeser <steve.nul>
Date: Thu, 29 May 2008 11:29:35 -0400
Archived: Thu, 29 May 2008 19:58:42 -0400
Subject: Re: Is Ufology Doing All Of Its Job?


>From: Eleanor White <ewraven1.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Wed, 28 May 2008 18:10:24 -0400
>Subject: Re: Is Ufology Doing All Of Its Job?

>>From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul>
>>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>>Date: Wed, 28 May 2008 12:04:11 +0100
>>Subject: Is Ufology Doing All Of Its Job?

><snip>

>>It strikes me that Ufology isn't doing all of its job. It's
>>surely part of Ufology's task to expose fake 'ridiculous
>>debunking' and to name and shame the culprits. Also - it seems
>>there aren't too many of those propagandists; i.e. most fake
>>'explanations' emanate from just a few sources. And I'm sure
>>most of you know those sources better than me.

>>So how about it?

>Hint, hint, David Cherniak and other producers.

>How about a documentary comprising, entirely, clips from the
>many past docs in which the debunkers gave their spiel, followed
>by current-day responses from ufologists which should have been
>in the originals but were left out?

>That'd be a good start.

That would be a start, but it wouldn't really change the
situation.

Ufologists don't have the resources to properly investigate good
cases in a timely and rational manner, so I'm not sure where
resources to investigate cases that are thought to be frauds
would come from.

There is actually a conscious effort to _not_ waste efforts
debunking the nonsense they believe to be faked.

I think it could be argued that many of the long-time
researchers have given up on trying to sway the public one way
or another, since the Internet seems to have taken over the
field and everyone is their own 'expert'.

With the media producing hours of documentaries, which grab
every expert they can get for free, most good researchers are
frustrated with how their information has been handled and so
many of the 'experts' we see quoted are unrecognizable as
Producers are forced to look elsewhere.

Taking a few cases and debunking the debunkers would be
interesting, but wouldn't reach too many people and wouldn't
change their stance. There seems to be some idea that there's a
tipping point at which everyone suddenly understands the
"truth", but I suspect that will take far more than words and
pictures.

Ufologists have an obligation to do all they can to support good
research, but that's difficult in a world where there is no
organization or scientific recognition. It's a very popular
subject with the masses, but the line between scientific
curiosity and entertainment is terribly blurred.


Steve



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