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Re: State Of Ufology - Young

From: Kenny Young <ufo.nul>
Date: Thu, 05 Feb 2004 03:14:46 -0500
Fwd Date: Thu, 05 Feb 2004 08:56:15 -0500
Subject: Re: State Of Ufology - Young

>From: Richard Hall <hallrichard99.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Tue, 03 Feb 2004 22:13:19 +0000
>Subject: State Of Ufology

>Okay, here goes! The "State of Ufology" begins with the
>oxymoronic use of a term that implies that science is being
>done. In all likelihood, more science is being done here on this
>List and by a handful of private individuals than by the formal
>scientific community in its entirety. But (reflective of society
>in general) all too much of the discussion here and elsewhere
>consists of gullible acceptance of unverified information at
>face value, illogical opinionizing, and wild surmise. So, the
>state of Ufology is pretty pitiful.

>Why is this so? Two primary reasons: (1) Very little (almost no)
>money is available to support truly scientific projects by
>attracting well-qualified people; (2) kooks, con-men, and ax-
>grinders who form exploitative organizations and put on pseudo-
>scientific conferences continue to dominate the scene and to be
>what skeptical journalists and others see as constituting
>"Ufology". It's that simple.

I appreciate and agree with this post.

I'm sure most folks on this list realize that 'pseudoscientific
conferences' happen because that is what is marketable. Most on
this list also agree that there are some 'snake oil salesmen'
involved in the UFO subject and their appearances at the various
conferences are usually due to business reasons. In blunt
honesty here, money talks. And as a former conference organizer
myself, I know.

I think it is fair to say the public is to blame, and there are
many reasons for their complacency and hypnotic gullibility. But
let's not pretend academia is entirely innocent in this whole
tragedy. If academia had not abandoned the UFO subject, the
snake-oil salesmen would not have stepped in to fill the vacuum,
hypnotize the masses and keep the topic alive, in many cases.

 - KY

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