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Cultural Taboos & Prejudices [was: UFO Photos The

From: Martin Shough <parcellular.nul>
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2007 09:07:55 -0000
Fwd Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2007 09:42:14 -0400
Subject: Cultural Taboos & Prejudices [was: UFO Photos The

>From: Lan Fleming <lfleming6.nul>
>To: UFOUpdates <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2007 12:44:22 -0500
>Subject: Re: UFO Photos The Future

>>From: Martin Shough <parcellular.nul>
>>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>>Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2007 14:52:21 -0000
>>Subject: Re: UFO Photos The Future - Shough


>>But it would be monstrous to conclude from a
>>perceived conflict between ambiguous UFO evidence and several
>>centuries of scientific method that the latter comes off worst
>>and is reduced in the encounter to a wreckage of arbitrary and
>>subjective prejudices. Let's keep a sense of proportion.

>As anyone familiar with the history of the Condon Report knows,
>when it comes to UFOs, the officially sanctioned 'science' is
>precisely that: a wreckage of arbitrary and subjective
>prejudices. Of course that's not true of subjects of inquiry
>generally accepted as legitimate, but the cultural taboos
>against UFO research are just too strong.

Of course the Condon Report was a flawed study of UFO reports.

That's very different from the claim made that the scientific
world-view and its methods of discovery are in an equivalence
class with fairy tales and any arbitrary belief system.

The point that the CR contained some bad science merely
highlights the fact that good science is what we feel entitled
to expect.

Yes there are cultural taboos and prejudices, on all sides of
the question, and I dare say the weight of bad science is not
entirely on what you call the "officially sanctioned" side of
the balance either. But one side's failings can't be allowed to
become an excuse for the other to claim that the whole thing is
a crock of fairy-tale BS.

Martin Shough

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