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Re: Sturrock Panel

From: Mark Cashman <mcashman@ix.netcom.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 1998 23:25:46 -0400
Fwd Date: Wed, 15 Jul 1998 23:40:21 -0400
Subject: Re: Sturrock Panel

> From: Greg Sandow <gsandow@prodigy.net>
> To: "'UFO UpDates - Toronto'" <updates@globalserve.net>
> Subject: RE: UFO UpDate: Re: Sturrock Panel
> Date: Wed, 15 Jul 1998 10:42:24 -0400

> Note once more that the entire thrust of the report is on the
> need for further study. The purpose of the workshop was not to
> evaluate rival hypotheses. It was to determine whether further
> study was needed. The answer to that question, in the panel's
> opinion, was "yes."

And rightly so. We all have seen what happened to the Condon
Committee, which couldn't resist the temptation to attempt to
prove MHH (misperception, hoax, hallucination hypothesis),
following in the well-trodden footsteps of the Air Force.

BTW, some people are of the opinion that Condon's people tried
to prove ETH. That is not accurate, even though Saunders would
have liked it. What happened was that, in lieu of determining
appropriate discriminators for ETH, the committee decided to try
to prove that UFOs were MHH, and if they failed, they might
conclude that ETH was proven.

This is, of course, flawed. Not least by the fact that Condon
was never going to admit even the OEH (objective existence
hypothesis), despite the failure of the committee to identify
more than a quarter of the cases which they examined. But
further, because disproving MHH, which has been more than
adequately done by the AF, is not proof of anything more than

Sturrock's panel summary seems contradictory. On the one hand,
they conclude that

"It may be valuable to carefully evaluate UFO reports to extract
information about unusual phenomena currently unknown to

but then

"The review panel was not convinced that any of the evidence
involved currently unknown physical processes or pointed to the
involvement of an extraterrestrial intelligence."

It is difficult to understand how they came to the first
conclusion in light of the second. But I'm glad they didn't take
any specific focus on any specific hypothesis.

Mark Cashman, creator of The Temporal Doorway at
- Original digital art, writing, and UFO research -
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