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Re: The Fermi Paradox

From: Jim Deardorff <deardorj.nul>
Date: Tue, 31 Jul 2007 11:16:24 -0700 (PDT)
Archived: Wed, 01 Aug 2007 09:59:18 -0400
Subject: Re: The Fermi Paradox

Another problem is the dogmatic insistence of UFO advocates that
the entire UFO problem must be solved all at once, or else none
at all. But this is not how science works. As much as some just
hate hearing this, science is fundamentally 'reductionistic', a
fancy word meaning the 'reduction' of a problem to its simpler
parts (not necessarily smaller parts, by the way, but _simpler_
aspects which could very well be physically larger).

UFO researchers sink their case by demanding that scientists
solve all of the UFO phenomenon all at the same time, including
the toughest cases right at the beginning, such as abductions
and CE III's, etc. This kitchen-sink approach is never going to
impress physicists at the American Physical Society or
astronomers at the American Astronomical Society. Don't come
back at me saying this has never worked, it will never work,
etc. It has never been tried before so you can't say that...

UFO-debunking scientists also make good use of the
reductionistic approach. They ignore all reported aspects of a
UFO sighting that suggest it was no mundane object, and just
concentrate on those aspects that indicate it could have been a
manmade or natural object/event. This is indeed a simple
approach. I prefer to hold back on any hypothesis that is not
consistent with all the available information that seems

Jim Deardorff

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