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Re: Is Ufology 'Anti-Science'?

From: Rick Nielsen <nilthchi.nul>
Date: Tue, 2 Oct 2007 19:04:41 -0700 (PDT)
Archived: Wed, 03 Oct 2007 11:12:30 -0400
Subject: Re: Is Ufology 'Anti-Science'?

>From: Claude Mauge <claudemauge.nul>
>To: UFO UpDates <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Mon,  1 Oct 2007 08:41:03 +0200 (CEST)
>Subject: Re: Is Ufology 'Anti-Science'?

>>From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul>
>>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>>Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2007 23:52:20 +0100
>>Subject: Re: Is Ufology 'Anti-Science'?

>>>From: Isaac Koi <isaackoi.nul>
>>>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>>>Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2007 22:27:41 +0100
>>>Subject: Is Ufology 'Anti-Science'?

>>>Is ufology either a "pseudo-science" or "anti-science"? If you
>>>think so, why? If not, why are such views expressed?

>>Science is all about logical questioning, so is ufology;
>>therefore ufology is science.


>For the time being, I think it is premature to decide that
>ufology is a science (where is experimentation, on a global
>scale?), or a pseudo-science (although it have some features of
>it), or an anti-science (does not the word applies better to a
>state of mind rather to a discipline?), or a proto-science (a
>science on the making: only the future will say). A parascience
>could be the best term.

Excellent discussion Claude, Ray and Isaac!

But I'm thinking about the fields of forensics. In these
bonafide sciences, the dots are connected, conclusions are
drawn, with extremely minimal information.

Granted the realm of forensics is tied to mostly criminal
investigations, at least in the mass media, and the burden of
proofs is linked with concepts like preponderance and "beyond
reasonable doubt." But surely, ufology would qualify as a
forensic science. Wouldn't it?

And hasn't this been discussed in this venue many times before?

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