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Re: Brad Sparks' 'Forthcoming' Roswell Revelations?

From: Rick Nielsen <nilthchi.nul>
Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2007 15:34:57 -0700 (PDT)
Archived: Sat, 25 Aug 2007 11:12:39 -0400
Subject: Re: Brad Sparks' 'Forthcoming' Roswell Revelations?


>From: Steven Kaeser <steve.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2007 17:55:57 -0400
>Subject: Re: Brad Sparks' 'Forthcoming' Roswell Revelations?

>>From: Rick Nielsen <nilthchi.nul>
>>To: ufoupdates.nul
>>Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2007 17:45:08 -0700 (PDT)
>>Subject: Re: Brad Sparks' 'Forthcoming' Roswell Revelations?

<snip>

>>The best way to move this study forward is to include open peer
>>review, with as little belittling as possible. Dick Hall has his
>>place, as does Brad Sparks. And so does everyone else.

>>Thanks to EBK, for keeping us all in touch!

>While Errol has his critics, I also believe this List is a
>valuable forum for many of us to review current thoughts and
>information.

>I'm not sure what you mean by "open peer review", and who you
>would expect to perform that "review" (or more importantly how
>much expertise they would have to properly review the facts and
>proposed theories). Open peer review by Internet posters in
>general isn't helpful, and I think we're at the point of
>disagreement over who is an "expert" in the field. I notice that
>you didn't use the word 'science' in your suggestion, and I
>sense that many are too frustrated with the limitations imposed
>by the scientific analysis.

>Steve

I appreciate your comment and contributions Steve.

The subject of 'peer review' has been discussed, even on this
List, several times before. But let me summarize at least my
understanding of it here, and take it one step further.

Peer review is defined at:

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/peer%20review

as "evaluation of a person's work or performance by a group of
people in the same occupation, profession, or industry" or "to
evaluate professionally a colleague's work."

Iím not aware of any professionally accredited organizations for
credentialing researchers in this field. In fact, most
published, on-topic authors do not have advanced degrees in
_any_ field.

But they all have a valid, and not always vested, interest in
this field. So I have concluded that every discussion of this
topic, formalized or otherwise, is a 'peer review'.

Obviously, any researcher with specific training will have an
advantage over another without that training. That advantage
will be shown in the quality of commentary, within any given
venue of peer review. On those two statements, I believe, we
agree.

But even posts to a List such as this, offer a valid peer
review, at least until something more formal, (i.e.,
accredited), is available. And this kind of forum also
contributes to that formalization.

Is anyone out there ready to obtain accreditation for this
field?

Yes, I'm serious.

I believe that there would be many benefits to humanity if this
field was formalized further than what current and past
organizations have done.

Those groups have indeed 'raised the bar' on investigative
practices, thus establishing a consistent quality in the data
which they have directly collected. But they have not brought
about much in the ways of a general societal benefit. Perhaps
that has to do with the limits of their intended scope.

Regardless, their established standards would best be included
in any curriculum of this new accreditation.

Without too much trouble I can think of several advantages to a
formal, accredited study of this field, including:

- achieving a better understanding of our place in the universe

- developing new technologies, physical and societal, which are
  beneficial to humanity _and_ our planet

- prevention of, or at least a better understanding of,
  abductions

I'm sure that other readers here have thought of even more
reasons to formalize this field. But for now, I think we have to
acknowledge _and_appreciate_ this peer review, made possible by
EBK and all those who post. Even we two.



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