From: Colm Kelleher <email@example.com> 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: http://www.nidsci.org Regards Colm Kelleher NIDS Incommensurability, Orthodoxy and the Physics of High Strangeness: A 6-layer Model for Anomalous Phenomena by Jacques F. Vallee and Eric W. Davis National Institute for Discovery Science Las Vegas, Nevada Abstract 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.
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