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Re: Answering Public Questions On UFOs & Aliens

From: Bruce Maccabee <brumac.nul>
Date: Sun, 25 Nov 2007 16:23:58 -0500
Archived: Mon, 26 Nov 2007 08:13:28 -0500
Subject: Re: Answering Public Questions On UFOs & Aliens


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

<snip>

>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.

This is precisely the problem I tackled in my paper Prosaic
Explanations: the Failure of UFO Skepticism. running in UFO
magazine in two parts and also at my web site.

When I realized that skeptics propose and other sKeptics accept
without discussion 'garbage' explanations for sightings, I
became (gulp!) skeptical of the skeptics!!




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