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Re: British Ufology Has Been Reborn!

From: Jenny Randles <nufon@currantbun.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Oct 1999 20:54:23 +0100
Fwd Date: Sat, 23 Oct 1999 09:08:33 -0400
Subject: Re: British Ufology Has Been Reborn!

 >Date: Thu, 21 Oct 1999 21:55:06 +0100
 >To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>
 >From: Sean Jones <tedric@tedric.demon.co.uk>
 >Subject: Re: British Ufology Has Been Reborn!

 >>Date: Thu, 14 Oct 1999 13:48:38 -0400
 >>From: Andy Roberts <Brigantia@compuserve.com>
 >>Subject: Re: British Ufology Has Been Reborn!
 >>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>

 >>Sean Jones wrote:

 >Good Afternoon Andy


 >Andy, yes _we_ have learned a heck of a lot _BUT_ have _we_ got an
 >answer that satisfies all? No! Why's that? Because some UFO's have
 >not, or can not be explained to anyone. But when I was speaking about
 >solving the riddle that is ufology, I was talking generally Andy, not
 >individual cases.


I think the point is that all UFO cases are potentially
explicable. There is an answer to everything in the universe. We
just have not found   all these answers yet. That answer might
be a simple thing or an exotic solution but all UFOs will in the
end be IFOs by the process of identifying them.

Its also highly unlikely that any UFO solution will please
everyone for two key reasons.

1: UFOs are not a single phenomenon. There are multiple and
different UFO phenomena with a range of explanations.

2: Most people accept this but believe 'some' UFOs are -
substitute whatever your own pet theory is. There are many pet
theories and most (ETH, Time Travellers, All UFOs are IFOs) are
quite unprovable. It can only ever be a value judgement and
these can never please everyone.

What Andy is saying - and I agree with him - is that all UFOs
have the potential to be mundane IFOs - with none any exotic
phenomenon at all. You cannot, as you quote from  Sherlock
Holmes, eliminate all the possibles and thus leave an impossible
(i.e. aliens or whatever). The reason is that new types of IFO are
always feasible and may simply never have been thought of before
now. When they are thought of they can suddenly solve a
potentially baffling case. This is the nature of the
investigation process in ufology.

Our book 'The UFOs that Never were' makes this apparent. But its
easy to see by, for instance, the Williamette Pass case. Here
you can eliminate all the obvious possibilities. Its not a
plane, balloon, meteor, etc. So does that mean by your argument
it must be some exotic form of UFO? Many ufologists argued so
for years. I felt it did. But clearly it does not. The case
remained a UFO for 30 years until Irwin Weider solved it. He
solved it as an IFO nobody in the world had dreamed of as a way
to explain a UFO case (a road sign).

This conclusively shows that the Sherlock Holmes quote does not
work in UFO terms and that potentially any UFO case can become
an IFO.

You may feel some cases never will have mundane causes. I
actually agree with you. But its an opinion that we cannot prove
and the position Andy adopts (that ultimately all cases will
fall in down to earth terms) is perfectly defensible and at
least as plausible as the ETH, Time Travellers or any exotic
theory. This is not, as you seem to suggest, scepticism or
debunking. In fact its just another theory of UFO origin vying
like all the others for evidence to back it up.

Best wishes,

Jenny Randles

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