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Re: Occam's Razor and UFOs

From: bruce maccabee <brumac@compuserve.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Jun 1998 01:08:48 -0400
Fwd Date: Sat, 13 Jun 1998 20:49:58 -0400
Subject: Re: Occam's Razor and UFOs


>To: "UFO UpDates - Toronto" <updates@globalserve.net>
>From: "Jerome Clark" <jkclark@frontiernet.net>
>Subject: Re: UFO UpDate: Re: Occam's Razor and UFOs
>Date: Wed, 10 Jun 98 12:34:54 PDT

<snip>

>Bruce Maccabee, a scientist who is open about his UFO interests,
>tells some amazing tales of scientism's resistance to even the
>most thoroughly documented UFO data in his eye-opening paper
>"Still in Default," MUFON 1986 UFO Symposium Proceedings,
>131-60. The title, incidentally, harks back to McDonald's
>"Science in Default: Twenty-two Years of Inadequate UFO
>Investigations," in the Sagan/Page UFOs -- A Scientific Debate,
>52-122.
Jerry Clark<

Dear Jerry,

Since you are one of the most astute participants in this field I
am not surprised and of course I am pleased, that you mentioned
my paper of 12 years ago regarding my efforts to publish in
conventional science journals.   It seems to me that I emailed a
copy of this to Mr. Irving, but perhaps he didn't get it.

Regarding Jim McDonald's efforts, he spoke at numerous companies
and military bases about UFOs and built up a very public
reputation.

He also communicated with some of his closest associates in
atmospheric physics and weather modification.   In 1985 or so,
some 12-13 years after his death, I decided to try to contact
several of these people McDonald had communiucated with to find
out if they had (a) "been convinced" and (b) were still (or ever
had been) interested.

I actually communicated via letter and phone with several and had
lunch with Gordon McDonald (no relation to Jim) and Tom Malone.
I brought them up to date.   However, they were not interested in
pursuing the and apparently still believed it was "beyond the
pale" for open "conventional science" investigation.


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