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Re: MUFON On Kinross & F-89 'Find' - Clark

From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
Date: Tue, 6 Mar 2007 08:55:51 -0600
Fwd Date: Tue, 06 Mar 2007 10:47:47 -0500
Subject: Re: MUFON On Kinross & F-89 'Find' - Clark

>From: Robert Gates <RGates8254.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Mon, 5 Mar 2007 23:25:38 EST
>Subject: Re: MUFON On Kinross & F-89 'Find'

>What we generally see is someone come forward and foist some
>incredible UFO-related story. Naturally some people in the UFO
>community are breathlessly waiting to be the first to put the
>story out over the radio, internet and other means. Naturally
>these same people are so eager to unload the story, that they
>don't bother to do things like fact checking, verification of
>people and their claimed back grounds etc etc.

>Naturally when the story and or the person can't be verified,
>these same people never step up to the plate, say that it
>appears that they got duped swindled or whatever and they
>apologize for passing around seemingly bogus information.
>Instead they either stonewall it and never talk about it again,
>or they rationalize everything away by claiming that even though
>nothing can be verified, that in and of itself is proof that the
>so called evil government was covering something up.

You make some good points, Robert.

I'd just like to add, first, that MUFON deserves to be commended
for its commitment to honest inquiry, wherever it leads. That's
what UFO research should be about - the determination of truth,
not an effort simply to validate a desirable conclusion.

Second, to your last point, it is surely true that some people
won't (or can't) admit error, though that's as much human
failing as ufology's. I suppose, though, that one would prefer
to have a champion of a manifestly bogus claim or idea lapse
into silence (even if unprefaced by mea culpa) rather than - as
occurs regrettably often - continue to defend the indefensible
at ear-splitting rhetorical volume.

Jerry Clark

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