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Re: The 'Funny' Part - Friedman

From: Stanton Friedman <fsphys.nul>
Date: Sun, 7 Jan 2007 13:27:47 -0400
Fwd Date: Sun, 07 Jan 2007 12:36:42 -0500
Subject: Re: The 'Funny' Part - Friedman

>From: Kathy Kasten <catraja.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Sun, 07 Jan 2007 00:45:37 +0000
>Subject: Re: The 'Funny' Part

>>From: Robert Barrow <rbarr.nul>
>>To: ufoupdates.nul
>>Date: Thu, 04 Jan 2007 12:38:10 -0500
>>Subject: The 'Funny' Part

>>When a rural UFO sighting witnessed by a couple of people makes
>>news headlines, the debunkers ask why it's always some farmer in
>>the middle of nowhere who spots a saucer.

>>When a UFO pops up over one of the world's busiest airports,
>>witnessed by many, the debunkers suggest a weather anomaly.

>>You can't win.

>>How curious that we embrace our idiocy so fondly and so quickly
>>when we crave a solution to anesthetize the inquiring mind.

>The funny part is that when someone offers an opinion, if it doesn't
>meet the 'craft from elsewhere in the universe' the opiner is labeled
>a "debunker". Thereby, cutting off any dialog.

>Name calling will not produce a solution. This is one of the
>major problems with the investigation of anomalous phenomena.

>The name calling.

>Ufologists could take a clue from the astrophyicists who are
>enlisting scientists from many different fields to develop solid
>theories about possible life on other planets - to examine the
>evidence so far at hand.

There is a big difference between an informed opinion and an
opinion based effectively on pasting a bunch of possible
explanations on a dart board and seeing on which one a dart

The debunking in this case is hardly a demonstration of an
informed opinion. Presumably the latter should be based on the
facts of this case.

Weather phenomena of unknown type and origin?

Light without any known source reflecting off clouds to produce
a circular or oval gray object able to hover for some time?

Disregard the testimony of a number of airline related

Disregard past experience indicating that the FAA has indeed
supressed discussion of UFO sightings such as in the JAL case
described by Callahan?

Debunking would be an appropriate term. How else to describe the
consistently silly explanations from Joe Nickell, the paid
'scientific' (3 degrees in English) investigator from the newly
named Committee for Skeptical Investigation?

Stan Friedman

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