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Re: British Ufology Has Been Reborn!

From: David Clarke <crazydiamonds@compuserve.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Oct 1999 13:10:22 -0400
Fwd Date: Mon, 25 Oct 1999 00:43:38 -0400
Subject: Re: British Ufology Has Been Reborn!

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

 >>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>

 >Andy, I do not mean this as a personal thing, I really do wish
 >UFOIN the very best, I am only expressing my doubts as to the
 >results of the work, not the quality.

What an intriguing and revealing statement Sean.

If we are likely to produce quality research, ergo we are doing
a good job.

Therefore, if the results and conclusions reflect that quality,
then what is the problem?

I get the idea you are trying to imply that somehow any
conclusions we reach will be twisted towards debunking or
skepticism for its own sake.

Where is your evidence to back up this claim?

I can only speak for myself, but I certainly do not approach
cases expecting to solve them just to upset all the believers.

I use my training as a journalist and academic to follow where
the evidence leads. If that leads to a rational explanation,
then so be it.

If there is an explanation to be found, or which is thought to
be likely, then surely we owe it to everyone to say so.

If we fall back on ifs and buts and 'maybes' then we are harking
back to the age of superstition - belief in nebulous powers 'out
there' which ultimately lead us to abdicate responsibility for
our own actions in the real world (see for example the
witchcraft mania of the Middle Ages).

The ET explanation for UFOs is simply an artefact of the era in
which we live. Go back 500 years Sean and if we had email I
would venture to suggest you would be blaming UFOs on the
fairies and little folk.

What I'm trying to say is that opinions about the ultimate
origin of unknown UFOs are legion and ETs are just one tiny,
remote possibility, and are themselves a product of our Space
Age culture.

Everyone is exposed to this stuff, we can't escape it,. But if
we expect to be taken seriously by the real world then we need
at least to show we can be dispassionate when looking at the
evidence upon which we base those beliefs.

Speculation can only be based upon good evidence, and if cases
are investigated shabbily and by people who are driven by
beliefs to such an extent that the facts become distorted before
they reach us - then how can we make any definitive conclusions
about them?

UFOIN welcomes those who can investigate fairly and objectively
without allowing beliefs and prejudices to cloud conclusions.
Open minds are what we want - but not so open that the contents
dribble out!

All best wishes,

Dave Clarke

"The Skeptick doth neither affirm, neither denie any position;
but doubteth of it." -Sir Walter Raleigh.

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