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Re: UFOs are not BVM-acabras

From: Mark Cashman <mcashman@ix.netcom.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Jun 1998 15:52:34 -0400
Fwd Date: Sun, 21 Jun 1998 22:20:18 -0400
Subject: Re: UFOs are not BVM-acabras

> Date: Sat, 20 Jun 1998 06:15:54 -0700
> From: Larry Hatch <larryhat@jps.net>
> To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>
> Subject: UFOs are not BVM-acabras!
> What do I say to this not-so-hypothetical friend?

> Its not such an easy question as it may seem.

The argument from personal incredulity doesn't work on either
side of the UFO issue. Those who claim that BVM, sea serpents,
etc are the same kind of reports as UFOs have their work cut out
for themselves to prove that.

Just because certain things are equally strange doesn't make them
comparable.

My answer to that question was mentioned earlier, when I pointed
out that BVMs etc. don't leave validated trace evidence, don't
generate photos which remain unexplained, don't cause
instrumental traces corresponding to visual sightings, etc.

However, my answer really is that I don't study those fields so I
am not qualified to discuss how well grounded they are. In fields
where I have read reasonably well-grounded skeptical studies
(such as ESP), I tend toward skepticism, but I remain open to new
evidence or experiments.

Ask if your friend is willing to take on that level of
objectivity.

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Mark Cashman, creator of The Temporal Doorway at
http://www.geocities.com/~mcashman
- Original digital art, writing, and UFO research -
Author of SF novels available at...
http://www.infohaus.com/access/by-seller/The_Temporal_Doorway_Storefront/
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