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Re: Maussan Makes Prediction For 12-12-03 - Kaeser

From: Steven Kaeser <steve@konsulting.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2003 10:10:26 -0500
Fwd Date: Tue, 09 Dec 2003 09:50:14 -0500
Subject: Re: Maussan Makes Prediction For 12-12-03 - Kaeser


>From: Greg Boone <Evolbaby@aol.com>
>To: ufoupdates@virtuallystrange.net
>Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2003 11:22:40 EST
>Subject: Re: Maussan Makes Prediction For 12-12-03

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>I, for one, would love to see an UFOlogy board of ethics,
>standards, and reviews. Including only credentialed experts
>within and without the UFO community. It would help the
>processing of data to make it more palatable to experts, press,
>and public.

Great idea, and one that's been discussed among a number of UFO
researchers who've met recently. Unfortunately, some of the
"credentialed" experts in the UFO community are on the extreme
fringe and promoting their own beliefs and theories, so I'm not
sure how you would create a panel of "experts" that would be
acceptable. The Internet has been both a blessing and curse to
Ufology. It has created a level playing field where everyone can
be an expert and publish as much as they want for all the world
to read. Even if you have a place for vetted information that is
"approved" for publication, there are thousands of other sites
for the general public to go to.

<snip>

>Far as I'm concerned it's up to those scientists and researchers
>who value the standards and ethics of their fields to step away
>from these areas and perhaps then we'll get the raw data to draw
>our own conclusions instead of having them dished out by
>sensationalists.

Earlier this year the Sci-Fi Channel brought the three major UFO
research organizations together for a meeting with
representatives from NUFORC, NARCAP, NIDS, and CFI (along with a
few independant researchers) to discuss how to bring greater
scientific acceptance to the genre. One of the concerns
expressed was the lack of vetted information that we could point
both scientists and press to for well written and vetted
articles and information. In working toward that goal, the
website:

http://www.ufoscience.org

was set up and is now under construction.

Aside from the web site, the UFO leadership group (not an
official organization, but a consortium of sorts) has also
established a rapid case investigation process, that could
quickly get researchers and equipment to the scene of an
incident. As part of this, an analysis process has been
developed with scientists and laboratories that are now
currently involved in the field, so that proper independant
analysis of any material can take place. The SciFi Channel will
help to promote a UFO Report Form that we have on the web site
and that will be monitored constantly for any case that deserves
immediate attention. Let me add that we hope to work with local
investigators and assist them in their investigation. This is
all still in the implimentation phase, and will be modified as
needed.

I mention this to advise that there are some in the UFO research
community that understand the problem of un-vetted information
on the Internet and want to restore some measure of credibility
in the eyes of scientists that are not already a part of the
genre. How we educate the media is another matter, and as noted,
there's a problem in competing for limited space when there are
many other hard news stories available that are far more
acceptable.


Steve