From: David Clarke <email@example.com> Date: Tue, 12 Oct 1999 15:45:31 -0400 Fwd Date: Wed, 13 Oct 1999 10:38:59 -0400 Subject: Re: British Ufology Has Been Reborn! >From: Roy J Hale <firstname.lastname@example.org> >Subject: Re: British Ufology Has Been Reborn! >Date: Sun, 10 Oct 1999 13:58:45 +0100 >To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <email@example.com> >>From: Jenny Randles <firstname.lastname@example.org> >>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <email@example.com> >>Subject: Re: British Ufology Has Been Reborn! >>Date: Sat, 9 Oct 1999 13:51:00 +0100 >Well Jenny I applaud your efforts to start such an organization, >but you seem to be missing a point here. >Let's talk about how far certain people within this new >framework that you propose would be willing to bend their views >on selected aspects of UFO research. Now you have listed some of >the people who will sit on this new team of yours, and I have >one simple question: Having read some of the views expressed by >these researchers over the last 2 years' can I be assured that >my opinions someone who has Pro-ETH views could and would be >taken on board by such researchers? You might be surprised to find, Roy, that Jenny and several other members of the UFOIN team have expressed pro-ETH views on a number of occasions; Jenny certainly did so on this list very recently. There is no prejudice against anyone with ETH views - it is only where those beliefs are allowed to distort evidence and interpretation of that evidence where problems arise. I would be quite willing to "bend my view" as you, so delightfully, put it if we found evidence in support of the ETH. I keep looking for it. But after nearly 20 years as a field investigator I haven't found any yet. And after investigating hundreds of cases I've found lots of evidence of some very odd human beings, even stranger natural phenomena and supernatural phenomena, but no ETs. What UFOIN is looking for are investigators who are not belief-driven, but who are able to put personal beliefs to one side and evaluate cases in an objective fashion, on their own merits. So no matter how rabidly ET anyone is, if they can submit a balanced case report which takes other possible explanations into account, and they adhere to the Code of Practice and hypnosis ban, then they would be welcomed. Despite what you may think I have no axe to grind either way - I would love to find hard evidence for ETs. But there are many other possible explanations for Unexplained UFOs, some of them far more challenging than the simplistic and naive ETH. Unfortunately, the problem we seem to have here is that not all of us share the same definition of what constitutes evidence; but if we can agree to differ and still work together then we are getting somewhere. But perhaps I'm being wildly optimistic.
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