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Re: British Ufology Has Been Reborn!

From: Sean Jones <tedric@tedric.demon.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 26 Oct 1999 22:49:30 +0100
Fwd Date: Wed, 27 Oct 1999 12:43:52 -0400
Subject: Re: British Ufology Has Been Reborn!

 >Date: Sat, 23 Oct 1999 13:10:22 -0400
 >From: David Clarke <crazydiamonds@compuserve.com>
 >Subject: Re: British Ufology Has Been Reborn!
 >To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>

Hi Dave

 >>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.

Thank you.

 >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?

None, _providing_ _all_ possible answers are given a fair and
reasonable hearing.

 >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 have none, yet. Only time and your results will tell. I am only
voicing my concerns.

 >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.

And when it leads to a non-rational explanation, what then?

 >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.

Does that include ET?

 >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.

Your statement here dictates your train of thought before you
investigate any case. You have already pre-determined that ET
and his cousin ALF do not exist. If you would like I can provide
you with copious amounts of historical sighting reports and
these go back further than a mere 500 years.

And speaking of fairies and little folk, some researchers believe
these are historical accounts of ET anyway.

 >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.

In your opinion. And as for one tiny remote possibility, there
was one tiny remote possibility that life existed on Mars. Now
there's proof.

 >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.

By dispassionate, do you mean: UFOIN will automatically look for
a mundane explanation because the public does not like the ETH?

 >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?

And you are being different because you are expecting to find a
mundane answer to all UFO cases?

 >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!

You have practically stated that your opinion is  a closed mind
to the ETH, so does this not prejudice your investigation?

 >All best wishes,

And the same to you.

    In an infinite universe, infinitely anything is possible.
                         Sean Jones

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