UFO UpDates
A mailing list for the study of UFO-related phenomena
'Its All Here In Black & White'
Location: UFOUpDatesList.Com > 2003 > Dec > Dec 2

Re: Ufology - Ten Questions - Maccabee

From: Bruce Maccabee <brumac@compuserve.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2003 10:07:59 -0500
Fwd Date: Tue, 02 Dec 2003 10:57:13 -0500
Subject: Re: Ufology - Ten Questions - Maccabee


>From: Roy Hale <roy@thelosthaven.co.uk>
>To: <ufoupdates@virtuallystrange.net>
>Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2003 23:23:15 -0000
>Subject: Ufology - Ten Questions


Amusing set of questions.

>1: If after many years in Ufology, you arrive at the fact, that
>ET has arrived here on this planet, should you be considered
>someone who has a 'Closed Mind'?

No, as long as you are open to the possibility that all your
previous analysis and hence conclusions could be wrong.

But, if you do have a "closed mind" then, you must have some
defensible reasons for closing your mind after concluding that
ET has arrived here. For example,

(a) there are sightings of (objects, lights, phenomena) which
cannot be explained by conventional means (e.g., multiple
witness, relatively long duration, visual+ radar, recorded on
film,movie,video,landing traces, physical effects, effects on
animals, etc.)

(b) some of these unexplainable sightings involve descriptions
(photos, video) of what appear to be objects "xxxufactored" (I
hesitate to say "MANufactured") by intelligences, not just
previously unrecognized natural (read that as "unintelligent)
objects or phenomena

(c) some of these unexplainable sightings involve descriptions
of "creatures", humanoid or other type

(d) some people seem to have directly interacted one or more
times with "creatures" associated with unexplainable objects

The question can be turned around and written as "If after many
years of study you conclude that there are no ET cases among the
_Unexplained_ sightings, do you have a "closed mind"? Even more
basic is the question, "If you conclude that there are no
Unexplained/Unexplainable sightings, do you have a closed mind?"

Skeptics generally say that they could be convinced with the
right sort of "hard evidence." Does this means skeptics have a
closed mind?

Or does it simply mean that proof is in the "mind of the
beholder?"

>2: If yes to the above, does this mean that the choice of being
>a sceptic is the only one available to UFO research?

I answered with a qualified no. However, everyone should be
skeptical regarding any particular sighitngs until heshe has
seen evidence which is in some way convincing, preferably
convincing to experienced analysts of such sightings.
(Experienced skeptical analysts will, of course, be harder to
convince... if at all.)

>3: If you believe ET has arrived, does this make you less of a
>person to debate with?

One can always debate individual cases. Of course, if one has
concluded that ET (or whatever) has arrived, then one
approaches the debate with a point of view. But in a debate the
other side presumably has the opposite point of view. Does that
make the non-ET person less of a debater?

>4: How closely should UFO researchers align themselves with
>Government agencies?

not too closely... whatever that means!

>5: Should censorship play an important role in closing debates,
>if answers are not forthcoming?

With censorship the debate would not start in the first place.
What answers are not forthcoming? Answers to the question, are
ET's (or Other Intelligences - OI) here?

>6: Is UFO research a subject for _free_ thinkers, or is there a
>line to toe?

How "free thinking" one can be depends upon what aspect of the
subject one is researching and publishing. As a case
investigator I would like to see people bound their free
thinking... aka speculation... by what is reported in actual
events (sightings, adbuctions, etc.) rather than making stuff
up.

>7: Who patented UFO thought as non-ET related?

Huh? Dunno. Who?

>8: How far should one use, web stats tracking as evidence of
>inquiry?

Reading the web is like reading a novel. You know there are
facts somewhere in the story.... but unless you are an expert
you can't find them. (Note: my book, Abduction In My Life, is
different; a novel with a built in fact book so that you know
what is factual and what is fictitious, unlike any other book on
the market, UFO or other type.)

>9: How far should personal prejudice play a role in your UFO
>research?

Probably "personal prejudice" should play no role investigation
and publication. But, of course, it is likely to play some role,
especially if one has arrived at a conclusion regarding ET/OI
reality or non-reality.

>10: Should any researcher, be treated as an unreliable
>candidate for UFO research DATA if they have used illegal drugs
>- past or present?

Depends upon whether or not they are affected by the drugs at
the time of investigation, writing, publication. In any case,
reliability of an investigation or publication (data) depends
upon whether or not statements made by the investigator can be
confirmed (say, by re-interviewing witnesses).