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Re: Scientists: UFOs Warrant Study

From: Jim Deardorff <deardorj@proaxis.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 17:58:59 -0700 (PDT)
Fwd Date: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 21:32:59 -0400
Subject: Re: Scientists: UFOs Warrant Study


>Date: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 09:01:01 -0700
>From: Terry Blanton <commengr@bellsouth.net>
>To: updates@globalserve.net
>Subject: Scientists: UFOs Warrant Study

>           STANFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS RELEASE

> Embargoed until June 29, 1998

>       STANFORD CONTACT:
>David Salisbury, Science Writer, Stanford University News
>Service, phone: 650-725-1944

>SOCIETY FOR SCIENTIFIC EXPLORATION CONTACT:

>Marsha Sims, Executive Editor, Journal of Scientific
>Exploration, phone: 650-593-8581, fax: 650-595-4466

>FOR COMMENT CONTACT:

>Prof. Peter Sturrock, workshop director, phone: 650-723-1438

>Prof. Von R. Eshleman, panel co-chair, phone:  650-723-3531

>Dr. Thomas Holzer, panel co-chair, phone:  303-397-1567

>Scientific panel concludes some UFO evidence worthy of study

>Stanford, CA, June 29, 1998 --- In the first independent review
>of UFO phenomena since 1970, a panel of scientists has concluded
>that some sightings are accompanied by physical evidence that
>deserves scientific study. But the panel was not convinced that
>any of this evidence points to a violation of known natural laws
>or the involvement of an extraterrestrial intelligence.

>[...]

The conclusions of this panel are cause for a small celebration,
I think. Although they are couched in very cautious words, and
they failed to recommend taking any witnesses' reports into
consideration, and they went out of their way to downplay the
likelihood that UFOs are piloted or controlled by intelligent
creatures not from Earth, it's still an advance towards opening
scientists' minds. The discovery in recent years of extra-solar
(large) planets probably played a role in giving the panel the
courage to go as far as it did. It should cause the "giggle
factor" to be used just a bit less frequent and to be less
threatening. But of course members of CSICOP and other
debunker-types will attack the panel and its conclusions
strenuously, as usual.

Jim Deardorff




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