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Re: ETH [Extra Terrestrial Hypothesis] &c

From: Jim Deardorff <deardorj@ucs.orst.edu>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 1997 18:08:43 -0800 (PST)
Fwd Date: Sat, 15 Nov 1997 09:22:47 -0500
Subject: Re: ETH [Extra Terrestrial Hypothesis] &c

> To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>
> From: Mark Cashman <mcashman@ix.netcom.com>
> Subject: Re: ETH [Extra Terrestrial Hypothesis] &c
> Date: Fri, 14 Nov 1997 17:04:13 -0800

> >  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.

Hello Mark,

This reminds me that Bruce might have published his findings on a
bright-light UFO involving a couple photos, taken in Aug. 1956 by
a pilot flying over Alberta, in some peer-reviewed optical
journal, but I've lost track.

> 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.
> [...]

And this reminds me that one Dr. Levengood published a couple
articles on crop circles in some plant-pathology journal, but got
away with it because he didn't ever mention UFOs and instead
blamed it on "plasma vortices" that descend from the upper
atmosphere, do their thing, and then exit the scene.  A matter of
terminology!

But if the paper is narrowly tailored to one specific phenomenon
or event and if you assiduously refrain from using any UFO
terminology, you're right -- it's sometimes possible then to get
a paper on it accepted within a mainstream scientific journal.

Jim Deardorff



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