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Re: Sturrock Panel

From: Greg St. Pierre <StrmNut@aol.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Jul 1998 20:04:03 EDT
Fwd Date: Fri, 17 Jul 1998 08:47:56 -0400
Subject: Re: Sturrock Panel

>From: Steven Kaeser <steve@konsulting.com>
>To: "UFO UpDates - Toronto" <updates@globalserve.net>
>Subject: Re: UFO UpDate: Re: Sturrock Panel
>Date: Thu, 16 Jul 1998 06:57:21 -0400 >>

Steve, you wrote:

>Getting scientists to admit that there are phenomena that they
>simply can't explain with traditional scientific explanations is
>a good step forward.

Agreed. But getting them to care about it may be even more of a
challenge. Take the recent discovery of "sprites" and "jets"
filmed above thunderstorms in the American midwest. They
represent a genuinely new (to science) and unexplained natural
phenomenon. They generated quite a bit of excitement, no one
questioned their existence, they were filmed numerous times, they
were shown on TV and presented in magazines and newspapers all
over the world. Now, nobody cares, they remain unexplained and
relatively unstudied. This is due in part to their elusive
nature: not all thunderstorms generate sprites and
jets...probably fewer than those that produce tornadoes. So, I
speculate that the difficulty in studying them has led to a
decline in interest and funding. Let us hope that the same fate
does not await ufology's future...scientists briefly show genuine
interest, then disgard the subject for more mundane pursuits,
like the mating habits of rodentia.