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Debunkers' Guidebook

From: Richard Hall <hallrichard99@hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2001 20:40:23 -0000
Fwd Date: Sat, 31 Mar 2001 09:40:32 -0500
Subject: Debunkers' Guidebook

Debunkers' Guidebook

(First Draft)

How to debunk UFOs and Discredit UFO Proponents:

1. Point out that very large percentages of things reported as
UFOs turn out to have conventional explanations (but don't talk
about individual observers' varying abilities or how believers
screen and investigate cases).

2. Always refer to them as UFO believers or ETH believers,
implying that their position is faith-based.

3. Argue that any given case could have been something
conventional and we will never know because we never have all
the facts (but don't acknowledge that well-qualified observers
have reported unexplained craft-like objects displaying
extraordinary performance totalling in the hundreds or

4. (Corollary to 3): Avoid any mention of the patterns of
appearance and behavior in unexplained cases worldwide for many

5. Focus on the well-known problems and limitations of human
perception (but never mention that people are incarcerated on
the basis of eye-witness testimony, that our court systems could
not function without it, and that if human perception were as
inadequate as claimed, nobody would dare to cross a busy street
or fly an airplane).

6. Comment regularly on human credulity and wishful thinking, in
a desire for saviours from space (just don't mention that it
applies only to cultists on the fringes of ufology, nor that
close encounter cases typically scare the pants off of the
witnesses rather than inspire them).

7. Always act as if no one before you has really conducted a
thorough investigation in classic UFO cases so that it's only a
matter of time and diligence before the answers will be found
(but avoid mentioning that the suggested answers you propose
either have already been found wanting or fail to account for
the salient features of the case).

Richard H. Hall,

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