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Re: ETH [Extra Terrestrial Hypothesis] &c

From: Jim Deardorff <deardorj@ucs.orst.edu>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 1997 21:49:44 -0800 (PST)
Fwd Date: Fri, 14 Nov 1997 11:12:41 -0500
Subject: Re: ETH [Extra Terrestrial Hypothesis] &c

> Date: Thu, 13 Nov 1997 09:29:26 +0200
> From: Jakes Louw <LOUWJE@telkom.co.za>
> To: updates@globalserve.net
> Subject: UFO UpDate: Re:  ETH [Extra Terrestrial Hypothesis] &c

> [...]
> I have no problem whatsoever with people who have had some
> experience, whether a sighting or abduction. How could I,
> and who am I to judge.

> HOWEVER: I have a problem with people who continually
> bitch about the fact that UFO "research" isn't taken
> seriously by the scientific community. Perhaps they
> should look at that statement. Apart from some
> questionable US government reports (Condon, Blue
> Book, whatever), where are the scientific papers?
> All we get are pseudo-scientific popular fiction
> novels: "My brain was removed by little green men".
> [...]


The problem is that there is no branch of mainstream science that
inquires about UFOs, and therefore no appropriate scientific
journal to which to submit a paper on the topic.  This is no
accident, of course, but is due to the ridicule factor that
developed from the early 1950s on, which in turn is due to.... .

The closest thing we have to it is the Journal of Scientific
Exploration, which however, only rarely takes UFO papers, and is
not generally known to mainstream science.  Then there's the
Journal of UFO Studies, but it is even lesser known within
science.  But then, with no branch of mainstream science existing
(in the U.S.) that deals with the UFO phenomenon, it is not
surprising that mainstream science is unaware of such journals.

There are a few journals that have included occasional papers
considering the possibility of spaceflight to other solar
systems, or the possibility of life thereupon, etc. --
astronomical related journals usually -- but they rarely accept
any paper that in any way suggests that UFO aliens could be aware
of us on Earth.  I got one such paper into the Quart. J. Roy.
Astronomical Soc. back in 1986, but to do so I dared not mention
the word UFO.  A peculiarity of the review process of my paper
was that, after the paper's potential acceptance, they didn't
send me the reviewers' reports with suggested changes, and didn't
even ask for changes.  The first I heard that it was accepted,
about a year later, was when the galley proofs arrived in the
mail.  Quite likely the reviewer who was responsible for it
getting accepted didn't want anyone even guessing who he was,
outside of the editor.

There was a paper in _Science_, U.S.'s most prestigious science
journal, by Kuiper & Morris in 1977 called "Searching for
Extraterrestrial Civilizations" which was quite good as far as it
went.  But the only way they could slip in a reference to UFOs
was in one sentence that went into an appendix.  There they were
discussing the possibility that ETs (they never used the ET
abbreviation unless it was within SETI) could visit Earth perhaps
for mining purposes or for extracting some other resource, and
how they could do that without us being aware.  They could do
this, the authors said, "with no more attention from us than a
UFO article or a missing person's report."  That's about as close
as you can come to discussing UFOs in a mainstream science
journal, unless it is in a mocking tone.

So if you submit a UFO article to a mainstream science journal,
you'll in all likelihood not even have it reviewed but just sent
straight back to you by the journal editor; or he may not even
reply to you.

Jim Deardorff

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