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Re: ETH [Extra Terrestrial Hypothesis] &c

From: Mark Cashman <mcashman@ix.netcom.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 1997 17:04:13 -0800
Fwd Date: Fri, 14 Nov 1997 18:27:29 -0500
Subject: Re: ETH [Extra Terrestrial Hypothesis] &c

>  Date: Thu, 13 Nov 1997 21:49:44 -0800 (PST)
>  From: Jim Deardorff <deardorj@ucs.orst.edu>
>  To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>
>  Subject: Re: UFO UpDate: Re: ETH [Extra Terrestrial Hypothesis] &c

>  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.... .

Another problem, in my view, is that UFO studies are
interdisciplinary and require more than "a physics perspective"
or a "psychological perspective"... it requires cognitive and
perceptual psychologists, physicists, engineers, plasma chemists,
forensic analysts, and many other disciplines to cooperate. At
the current level of specialization in the sciences, a general
paper on UFOs would find it difficult to fit into the narrow
scheme of many journals.

But I suspect that one might be able to write narrowly tailored
articles (I believe Bruce M. has done this) for narrow journals.
Optics journals might take some papers where a UFO observation
could be clearly related to an important optical topic. Plasma
physics journals might be able to be interested in a paper which
demonstrated known plasma phenomenon in one or more UFO
observations... that sort of thing.

Ultimately, our hope and effort should be directed toward
maturing and increasing the readership of the home grown
journals, especially those, like JUFOS, which keep away from
non-UFO subjects. A copy of JSE with its articles on alternative
medicine and other more outre subjects is unlikely to find it as
easy to attain mainstream recognition, (here I suppose I differ
with Jim) and perhaps rightly so.

Specialization is required to do deep studies, and as has been
noted here many times, one of the failings of UFOlogy has been in
developing a central focus and boundary within which stable and
progressive work can be done.

Mark Cashman, creator of The Temporal Doorway at
- Original digital art, writing, and UFO research -
Author of SF novels available at...

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