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Re: Answering Public Questions On UFOs & Aliens

From: Lan Fleming <lfleming5.nul>
Date: Sun, 25 Nov 2007 09:50:16 -0600
Archived: Sun, 25 Nov 2007 12:39:37 -0500
Subject: Re: Answering Public Questions On UFOs & Aliens


>From: Stuart Miller <stuart.4.nul>
>Date: Fri, 23 Nov 2007 11:35:58 +0000
>Archived: Fri, 23 Nov 2007 10:02:05 -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

>>With all the buzz this week about UFOs and the call for an
>>investigation into what the government is hiding from us about
>>extraterrestrial aliens, we thought we would ask a NASA official
>>in charge of dealing with the public about such matters, and
>>that is NASA scientist David Morrison. Read on for how Dr.
>>Morrison handles such queries as "where are you hiding the alien
>>bodies?" and other such matters.

>I think the responses to this have been a bit off kilter. It is
>certainly true that there is scientific dishonesty and a degree
>of waywardness about the article content but no more so than for
>example in this from the List yesterday;

>John F. Kennedy knew of extraterrestrials and wrote a memo to
>CIA to release information just 12 days before his assassination
>http://www.care2.com/c2c/share/detail/540748

>Is it alright for Ufologists to spout bunkum but not others or
>is it that somehow we have implied licence but expect more from
>scientists?

Stuart,

I couldn't find the original UpDates message where this Kennedy
article was cited, but it seems to have had something to do with
the MJ-12 documents and the claim that Kennedy was assassinated
because he was going to go public with what he supposedly knew
about UFOs. The MJ-12 documents have been hotly debated
frequently on the List here. Other UFO claims are too silly and
too lacking in evidence to comment on and so quite justifiably,
nobody wastes their time debating them. I certainly wouldn't
bother arguing about whether Kennedy "knew too much" and had to
be silenced.

This seems a bit different situation than the almost total lack
of skepticism among self-styled skeptics regarding dubious
assertions that fit their beliefs, such as those made by
Morrison. And Morrison is a revered NASA scientist who gets paid
to "enlighten" the public, not just some guy with a web page. It
seems to me that he should be held to a higher standard than
free-lance JFK conspiracy theorists.

Everybody probably has a tendency to be less critical of claims
that support their own beliefs, but some of us at least try to
fight this human failing. People like Morrison and members of
skeptics' clubs seem to think they are free of biases and so do
absolutely nothing to keep them in check.


BTW: I noticed that Morrison, repeating his story about Buzz
Aldrin, ignores the fact that Aldrin said in the debriefing
shortly after the mission that the object he saw on the way to
the Moon was not the same shape "at all" as the booster rocket
adapter panel that he now says, 4 decades later, was probably
what he saw.  Aldrin's original statement has been ignored so
often and so studiously that it apparently has died from
neglect.



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