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Re: MAGONIA ETH Bulletin #4

From: Jerome Clark <jkclark@frontiernet.net>
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 98 11:39:46 PDT
Fwd Date: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 18:14:16 -0400
Subject: Re: MAGONIA ETH Bulletin #4


> Date: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 09:46:07 -0400
> From: The Duke of Mendoza <101653.2205@compuserve.com> [Peter Brookesmith]
> Subject: MAGONIA ETH Bulletin #4
> To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>

> >To: "UFO UpDates - Toronto" <updates@globalserve.net>
> >From: "Jerome Clark" <jkclark@frontiernet.net>
> >Subject: Re: UFO UpDate: MAGONIA ETH Bulletin #4
> >Date: Sun, 28 Jun 98 15:14:48 PDT

> >I must deliver
> >to them some profoundly disappointing news: a panel of American
> >scientists, with no previous involvement in UFO research or
> >controversy, is about to weigh in with a public statement which
> >will deliver the needle to the Purely Speculative rhetorical
> >balloon.

> According to the Reuters report I was forwarded today:

> "    The 50-page review was being released later Monday in a
> publication of the Society for Scientific Exploration. The
> society was established by Peter Sturrock of Stanford
> University, who directed the inquiry."

> Neither Sturrock nor the SSE are consistent with the notion of
> "no previous involvement in UFO research or controversy". Who
> else was on the panel?

Sturrock merely brought the scientists together.  They had no
previous involvement in UFO study,  For their names, see IUR,
Winter 1997-98, p. 11.

> But at least, according to Reuters,

> "The study by an international panel emphasized that it had
> found no convincing evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence or
> any violation of natural laws, the Post said."

> So how does all this forward the defense of the ETH, or the
> disposal of the PSH? I ask myself, waiting with whiskers akimbo
> for a copy of the full report to hit cyberspace.

The panel was not formed, as I understand it, to study the
ETH but to consider the evidence for UFOs as a potentially
worthwhile subject of scientific investigation.  Why should it
endorse the ETH coming out of the gate?  None of the
panel's findings, which stress the puzzling and unexplained
physical dimensions of the phenomenon, is consistent with
the Purely Speculative Hypothesis.  It is, however, consistent
with the hated and dreaded ETH -- a subject to be taken up
in due course, but not for now, unless one wants to put cart
before horse.  One imagines a whole lot of weeping, hair-
pulling, and gnashing of teeth going on in all sorts of places
right now.  What a beautiful day this is.

Cheers,

Jerry Clark




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