From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul> Date: Wed, 26 Oct 2011 10:41:53 -0500 Archived: Thu, 27 Oct 2011 10:04:30 -0400 Subject: Re: Book 'Exposed, Uncovered, And Declassified' >From: Kathy Kasten <catraja.nul> >To: <post.nul> >Date: Tue, 25 Oct 2011 18:11:16 +0000 >Subject: Re: Book 'Exposed, Uncovered, And Declassified' >>From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul> >>To: <post.nul> >>Date: Tue, 25 Oct 2011 08:30:47 -0500 >>Subject: Re: Book 'Exposed, Uncovered, And Declassified' >>>From: Kathy Kasten <catraja.nul> >>>To: <post.nul> >>>Date: Mon, 24 Oct 2011 19:21:53 +0000 >>>Subject: Re: Book 'Exposed, Uncovered, And Declassified' <snip> >>As usual, we seem to be on opposite sides of the issue. You >>don't think that some witnesses to UFO events tailor their >>report to fit what they think will be acceptable to the UFO >>Reporting Center or UFO researcher? >>Have you any evidence of that? Or is this the sort of wishful >>thinking that makes conversations with debunkers so frustrating >>to more open-minded inquirers? >>One thing we do have evidence of, from a whole lot of witness >>testimony, is of what Allen Hynek called the "escalation of >>hypotheses," proving that as a whole witnesses do the opposite >>of leaping to the most extreme conclusions about what they've >>seen. >>The most extreme case of witness tampering I've ever seen was in >>an exchange between debunker Donald Menzel and fellow astronomer >>Seymour Hess. Hess had seen a UFO, and Menzel engaged in a >>letter-writing campaign intended to persuade him - it escalated >>into bullying - into endorsing Menzel's fanciful explanation for >what the man saw. Suffice it to say Menzel didn't succeed. <snip> >There are people who want a couple of seconds of fame, ending up >as part of some hallway conversation at a conference. The >conversation would include an exchange of the most "interesting" >cases and the witness would become part of somebody's list. The >case would never be solved. Just used as an item of conversation >or published list. A much larger reality, sadly, is witness silence. Ridicule is the enforcement mechanism of a society that demands people keep their mouths shut about their unacceptable experiences. The number of people bold or foolish enough to talk openly about such comprise only a small, surely a tiny, minority of witnesses. >Me? I like to make note of my own experiences and wait. Because, >I know that someday the solution will present itself. As it >usually does. Well, Kathy, perhaps in your, not necessarily everybody's, experience. I recall my own encounter (on three occasions in the summer of 2000, the last of them in the company of my wife) with a phantom quadruped and my (in retrospect) hilariously na=EFve belief that I could find a prosaic explanation for it. I wrote about that revelatory experience in an essay, "Among the Anomalies," for the Journal of Scientific Exploration in 2005. Cheers, Jerry Clark Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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