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Re: Saucers In The Sky - Maccabee

From: Bruce Maccabee <brumac.nul>
Date: Wed, 4 Jul 2007 10:09:13 -0400
Archived: Wed, 04 Jul 2007 10:38:15 -0400
Subject: Re: Saucers In The Sky - Maccabee

>Source: BBC News 24 - London, UK


>Wednesday, 4 July 2007

>Saucers In The Sky

>By Finlo Rohrer
>BBC News Magazine

>It's 60 years since the term flying saucer was coined and the
>most celebrated "extraterrestrial" episode - Roswell. Alien
>believers are dismissed as cranks, but even the earthly
>explanations of objects in the sky are fascinating.

>Sixty years ago Kenneth Arnold saw something which changed his
>own life, the life of millions of others and impacted on popular
>culture like a shockwave.

>Flying his plane near Mount Rainier in US state of Washington he
>observed a line of strange objects either crescent-shaped or
>disc-like, flying with the motion of a saucer skimming on water.

>Arnold's sighting, quickly picked up by the press, was followed
>a fortnight later by the revelation of perhaps the most
>notorious episode in the history of UFOs, at Roswell in New

It was also followed by hundreds of other sightings which have
been forgotten by the 'neo-ufologitsts' in their concentration
on the "big one" (Roswell). Forgotten are the sightings by all
sorts of people including Army Air Force, sightings which the AF
couldn't ignore even if There had been no crash at Roswell. Were
all these people reporting "saucers" because they wanted to
believe in extraterrestrial aliens? Hardly!

>Having announced it had recovered a "flying disk", the Army
>airfield backtracked and referred only to a weather balloon.

>What followed was perhaps one of the greatest conspiracy
>theories of all time, involving post-mortem examinations of
>swollen-bellied grey aliens, the cloning of sophisticated
>extraterrestrial technology and an epic cover-up. Or not, as the
>case may be.

>In the 60 years since 1947's first major wave of sightings,
>thousands of ordinary people have claimed to have seen
>inexplicable objects in the sky.

Probably hundreds of thousands to millions of people.

>When the Ministry of Defence released papers on its own
>investigations into the phenomenon in 2006, it was revealed more
>than 10,000 eyewitness accounts had been collected.

THis is just one (small) country!

>And for every sceptic who prefers explanations of weather
>balloons and freak atmospheric conditions there is someone who
>genuinely believes intelligent life is visiting the planet.

>Alien belief

>A national newspaper survey in 1998 suggested 33% of men and 24%
>of women thought aliens had already visited the earth.

>Such polls are testament to the powerful impact of six decades
>of media coverage, disputed science, heated mythology and
>Hollywood films. We have now completed six decades of projecting
>our hopes and fears onto the UFO phenomenon.

>David Clarke, a lecturer in journalism, has spent 30 years
>studying UFOs and the sociology of the flying saucer sighting.

>He is no believer in little extraterrestrial men, but believes
>mainstream scientists should recognise the rational explanations
>for sightings are themselves worthy of study.

>"They wouldn't touch it," he says. "It's got such a bad press.
>Anything that people don't have an immediate explanation for -
>it must be little green men."

Of course, the basis for the conclusion that some strange craft
are really flying around is not that there are sightings with no
_immediate_ explanation. The important sightings are the ones
that resist all reasonable explanations. The problem, of course,
is to define 'reasonable'. It appears that the skeptics assume
that almost any explanation is 'reasonable', even if it
conflicts with one or more acceptable details of the sightings.

See Prosaic Explanations: The Failure Of UFO Skepticism at:


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