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New NIDS Paper From Jacques Vallee & Eric Davis

From: Colm Kelleher <nids@anv.net>
Date: Fri, 7 Nov 2003 10:50:07 -0800
Fwd Date: Fri, 07 Nov 2003 20:27:51 -0500
Subject: New NIDS Paper From Jacques Vallee & Eric Davis

For Ufologists and SETI people to ponder. Here is the abstract.
The full paper is on the What's New section of the NIDS website:


Colm Kelleher

Incommensurability, Orthodoxy and the Physics of High

A 6-layer Model for Anomalous Phenomena


Jacques F. Vallee and Eric W. Davis
National Institute for Discovery Science
Las Vegas, Nevada


The main argument presented in this paper is that continuing
study of unidentified aerial phenomena ("UAP"), including
"apparitions" of a religious or spiritual nature, may offer an
existence theorem for new models of physical reality.

The current SETI paradigm and its "assumption of mediocrity"
place restrictions on forms of non-human intelligence that may
be researched in our environment.

A similar bias exists in the ufologists' often-stated hypothesis
that UAP, if real, must represent space visitors.

Observing that both models are biased by anthropomorphism, the
authors attempt to clarify the issues surrounding "high
strangeness" observations by distinguishing six layers of
information that can be derived from anomalous events, namely

(1) physical manifestations,
(2) anti-physical effects,
(3) psychological factors,
(4) physiological factors,
(5) psychic effects and
(6) cultural effects.

In a further step they propose a framework for scientific
analysis of unidentified phenomena that takes into account the
incommensurability problem.