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Re: Sturrock Panel

From: "Steven Kaeser" <steve@konsulting.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Jul 1998 06:57:21 -0400
Fwd Date: Thu, 16 Jul 1998 08:49:44 -0400
Subject: Re: Sturrock Panel


>Subject: UFO UpDate: Re: Sturrock Panel
>From: Mark Cashman <mcashman@ix.netcom.com>
>Date: Wed, 15 Jul 1998 23:25:46 -0400
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>

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>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
>science."

>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.

Getting scientists to admit that there are phenomena that they
simply can't explain with traditional scientific explanations is
a good step forward. It's also important to note that being
labeled an unknown because the evidence can't be explained by
traditional science is different than being listing "unknown"
because of insufficient evidence (although some might argue that
the latter leads to the former).

On the other hand, I suspect that any kind of ETH hypothesis will
require far more conclusive evidence than has been found thus
far.  The "leap of faith" (and/or "paradigm shift") that would
have to accompany that theory would be very difficult for the
scientific community to accept without some sort of "landing on
the White House lawn" (so to speak).  Until there is absolute
proof that a "natural phenomenon" explanation is out of the
question, no other theories are likely gain popularity among the
scientific community.

Steve