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Re: Answering Public Questions On UFOs & Aliens

From: Robert Salas <rsalas.nul>
Date: Wed, 21 Nov 2007 18:57:11 -0800
Archived: Thu, 22 Nov 2007 14:50:30 -0500
Subject: Re: Answering Public Questions On UFOs & Aliens


>Source: The Skeptics Society - Altadena, California, USA

>http://www.skeptic.com/eskeptic/07-11-14.html#feature

>Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

>Dr. David Morrison is Senior Scientist of the NASA Astrobiology
>Institute. He is a recent recipient of the American Astronomical
>Society's Carl Sagan Medal honoring his efforts to explain
>science to the public.

<snip>

Mr. Morrison:

I read your report to the Skeptics Society on UFOs and Aliens
with great interest.

Since it was published by the Skeptics Society in an open forum
I would like to reply to some of your comments in an open forum.
But I would be happy to receive any further comments from you
directly.

In the first paragraph of your reply to the question you state:

"stories you have heard are not true" I am sure you will agree
that s very sweeping statement. I am curious to know how you
back that up? Even if you meant to only refer to stories
involving NASA programs, have you been involved in the
determination of the truth of all of these stories or are you
simply discounting them out of hand? You further state:

"If any of these stories were true, or if there were any
scientific evidence for aliens, you would see it all over
reputable newspapers and TV news shows."

You mean everything for which there is scientific evidence is
reported on reputable newspapers and TV news shows? This is news
to me. Then why is the government spending billions of our
dollars every year to keep the secrets of scientific evidence of
black programs from the public? In fact, why has NASA recently
been ordered by a court to reveal the classified documents they
have on UFOs? You further state:

There is a tremendous amount of misinformation out there,
especially on the Internet. I know of no simple rule to separate
the truth from the lies, except to learn which sources are
trustworthy.

And how do you go about determining which sources are
trustworthy? Is there some NASA test for that? And, is
trustworthy sufficient to determine the truth? As a scientist, I
would think you would want to do some research of the facts, get
opinions from other scientists, and test hypotheses as in any
good scientific research before declaring something as
misinformation .

Since you write at some length about Buzz Aldrin s experience
regarding a questionable UFO during Apollo 11, I suppose you
consider astronauts to be trustworthy. I wonder if you
considered speaking to former astronaut Edgar Mitchell. He
states, in great detail, how he encountered a UFO while an Air
Force fighter pilot in Europe. Maybe you can include that in
your analysis. But then, if he claims to have chased and seen a
UFO you might not consider him trustworthy . You further state:

But there has been no comparable flood of good videos of UFOs or
aliens.

I suppose this means you discount all the video footage taken by
ordinary citizens of Mexico City showing a multitude of UFOs.
Did you actually study and evaluate all the videos of UFOs that
have been offered as such? Or is this just another of your
sweeping (under the rug) statements?

Frankly, I don t think Carl Sagan would have approved of you
receiving an award with his name. I think he would have expected
you to act more like a scientist.


Robert Salas




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