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Re: The Ten Cases

From: Mark Cashman <mcashman@ix.netcom.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Jun 1998 15:14:35 -0400
Fwd Date: Fri, 19 Jun 1998 19:26:18 -0400
Subject: Re: The Ten Cases

>Date: Thu, 18 Jun 1998 22:36:10 +0100
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>
>From: John Rimmer <johnr@magonia.demon.co.uk>
>Subject: Re: UFO UpDate: Re: The Ten Cases

>Why is the cry "he had nothing to gain from a hoax" almost
>invariably proposed as evidence that a particular incident could
>not have been a hoax. Apart from a certain smug satisfaction that
>one of the great unwashed has got one over on smug would-be
>scientific-type investigators who can't belive that anybody who
>does not have their  level of academic achievement could *ever*
>fool their massive intellect, (what Peter Rogerson has dubbed the
>'Herr Professor' Syndrome) what does *anyone* gain from a UFO
>hoax? There must only be a tiny minority of hoaxes where the
>perpetrators *have* 'gained anything' from them, and quite a few
>where they have ended worse off as a result. So let's drop this
>silly argument.

>Most hoaxes are done for the hell of it.

Well, there's a scientific pronouncement. Actually, no, most
hoaxes are done for some form of psychological gain, which was
the gain to which I referred. This is true even when the hoax
leads to financial gain. I have never seen a study as to the
proportion of hoax acts, even in the UFO field, which led to
financial gain as opposed to those which were done to attain
psychological satisfaction. But I am certainly willing to accept
that no sign of a motive to attain psychological or financial
gain through one's UFO report is ONE of the hallmarks of the good
witness and the good report.

And let's not forget that even the AF couldn't ascribe more that
2% of their cases to hoaxes, a finding which I believe can be
reproduced by most UFO organizations as well.

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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