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Re: The Ten Cases

From: Mark Cashman <mcashman@ix.netcom.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Jun 1998 01:25:46 -0400
Fwd Date: Fri, 12 Jun 1998 06:56:16 -0400
Subject: Re: The Ten Cases

> Date: Thu, 11 Jun 1998 22:13:09 -0500 (CDT)
> To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>
> From: Dennis Stacy <dstacy@texas.net>
> Subject: Re: UFO UpDate: Re: The Ten Cases

> But that's exactly the rub, isn't it? And Cashman is right to
> hint that you need ten cases in ten categories.

> But why should that be the case? After all, if every reported
> abduction were accompanied by an implant, missing fetus and time,
> scoop mark, burnt ring of grass in the backyard, radar
> confirmation, multiple independent witnesses, dramatic
> acceleration to high altitude, unconventional physics and so on
> -- all routinely captured on 35mm film and videotape -- then we
> probably wouldn't be having this discussion, would we?

True. But, then again, if we had 15 billion years, we wouldn't
have to try to piece together where the sun, white dwarf stars,
T Tauri stars and Cepheids all fit in the scale of stellar
evolution. If we had 3.5 billion years, we wouldn't have to
piece together how fossils imply evolution - we'd be watching

> So is the ET hypothesis the result of even ten consistent cases
> over time, or merely an afterthought based on some sort of
> collective body of evidence, specific examples of which may or
> may not be related to one another, and therefore may or may not
> be indicative of extraterrestrial origin(s)?

Well, the point is that most cases have more than one feature.
For instance, Valensole has beings, sample gathering, unusual
traces, and the startling performance normal to UFO cases. The
Moreland case has unusual luminosity, sequential behavior of
that luminosity, beings, and departure to altitude.

One could go for a number of different ways of approaching the
"best cases". Some might say the best cases are those which
contain the most indicators of OEH, ETH or whatever. Others
might say that exemplars which are the clearest representatives
of a particular aspect of the phenomenon are the best.

I suppose, unconsciously, I leaned toward the latter as a better
method of illustrating the suggestion of ETI in UFO reports. I
tend to think of the first approach being better for OEH. But of
course, both have their points.

> For example: the ability (or is it liability) of UFOs to be
> detected by Earth-based radar was once thought to be one of the
> weightiest pieces of evidence in favor of their extraordinary
> nature. But times and technologies change. Now it's almost an
> axiom: if you don't want to show up on radar, you don't have to.
> So one might just as well make the following contorted argument:
> it's only those cases in which UFOs *don't* show up on our radar
> screens that indicate true advanced intelligence, viz., anyone
> who had already solved the problem of interstellar travel would
> long before that have solved the problem of an unwanted radar
> return.

Actually, one can certainly state that there are many cases from
all eras where UFOs were stealthy. And in some cases, for
instance where height-finding radar was unavailable, UFOs could
not be correlated with radar returns.

Considering the radar reflectivity of the lenticular disk is an
interesting problem which I can't say I am qualified to solve.
But my best guess is that in some orientations, it is pretty
stealthy, and in others, it has an overstated signature compared
to an aircraft with a wingspan the diameter of the disc. Given
the UFO propensity for wobbling and violent manuvers, there can
be no doubt that the radar returns would be odd at best. Then
there is the possible plasma sheath around the object, which
certainly should have some effect on radar signals.

Mark Cashman, creator of The Temporal Doorway at
- Original digital art, writing, and UFO research -
Author of SF novels available at...

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