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Re: Pilot Offers Earthly Explanation For UFO

From: Martin Shough <parcellular.nul>
Date: Sat, 28 Jul 2007 18:42:39 +0100
Archived: Sat, 28 Jul 2007 22:45:44 -0400
Subject: Re: Pilot Offers Earthly Explanation For UFO


>From: John Rimmer <j.rimmer.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2007 16:28:22 +0100
>Subject: Re: Pilot Offers Earthly Explanation For UFO Sighting

>>An Ottawa pilot thinks he has an explanation for a hovering disk
>>seen near Ottawa north of I-35 Sunday afternoon. However, an 18-
>>year-old Homewood man said he also saw exactly the same disk in
>>the same location - but a year before.

>If a pilot sees a UFO, his word is generally taken as gospel.
>Does the same apply if an experienced pilot offers a mundane
>explanation for a UFO sighting?

This story is no more than a few whisps of anonymous anecdote
about which there is nothing worthwhile to be said. But your
generalised point is interesting:

'Pelicanists' (if I may use a term that you embrace with good
humour) like to argue rationally that the appeal to 'expert
witnesses' or 'qualified observers' is one that has no weight;
but when a pilot "thinks he has an explanation" I sense rather
less sceptical pursing of lips and a readiness - even an
eagerness - to accept him as 'an experienced pilot' who surely
ought to know what he's talking about, even if what is being
talked about is unattributed rumour. This is something I've
observed (inexpertly) many times.


Martin Shough



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