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Re: Sturrock Report

From: bruce maccabee <brumac@compuserve.com>
Date: Wed, 8 Jul 1998 00:02:32 -0400
Fwd Date: Wed, 08 Jul 1998 08:37:51 -0400
Subject: Re: Sturrock Report


>Date: Tue, 07 Jul 1998 13:33:05 +0100
>To: updates@globalserve.net
>From: John Rimmer <j_rimmer@library.croydon.gov.uk>
>Subject: Sturrock Report

>I am puzzled and not a little irritated by the increasingly
>triumphalist attitudes of the ETH proponents to the muted and
>entirely reasonable conclusions of the Sturrock Panel. As far as
>I can see the only difference between their conclusions and the
>Condon Report is that, unlike Condon, Sturrock feels that
>science *would* be advanced by further study of the UFO
>phenomenon. So do I.

>Why Jerry, Bruce Maccabee and the others feel that this is any
>sort of endorsement of the ETH is baffling. They say they found
>NO EVIDENCE of any extraterrestrial involvement in the cases
>they found puzzling. You really cannot be much clearer than
>this. Perhaps the real acheivemnt of Sturrock is to come up with
>a statement that both Jerry Clark, CSICOP and Magonia can agree
>with!


I don't recall saying or implying that the SSE panel result was
an "endorsement" of te ETH. I have said that my initial response
ranged from surprise/shock to anger to disappointment to learn
from the complete report in JSE that we haven't learned anything
since the Condon study. In particular, we haven't accumulated
enough data or analysis to convince a panel of scientists that
any UFO case is related to somethig unknown, to say nothing of
being evidence of ETH. I found myself asking "could I have done
better." After reading the report I concluded I probably
couldn't have done better in the face of such skepticism. I was
ready to write a very "depressed" letter to JSE. THen the media
reaction set. The media picked up on th idea that a scientific
panel said UFOs were worthy of study. This is a "nuance" that is
indeed opposite to what Condon wrote. From that point of view,
then, the SSE report is a "media coup" and it has forced CSICOP
to come forward with its wet blanket approach.

But, anyway, in relation to Rimmer's message, it is obvious that
the ETH profits by this only by virtue of the fact that the
panel said..."hey, go ahead and study with our blessing." From
that point of view the PSH also benefited from the panel.