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Re: Is Ufology 'Anti-Science'?

From: Richard Hall <dh12.nul>
Date: Sun, 14 Oct 2007 12:47:56 -0400
Archived: Sun, 14 Oct 2007 14:21:05 -0400
Subject: Re: Is Ufology 'Anti-Science'?


>From: Eleanor White <eleanor.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2007 16:27:32 -0400
>Subject: Re: Is Ufology 'Anti-Science'?

>>From: Dick Hall <dh12.nul>
>>To: ufoupdates.nul
>>Date: Fri, 12 Oct 2007 17:25:34 -0400
>>Subject: Re: Is Ufology 'Anti-Science'?

>>There is not a single real physical or social science out there
>>which has no budget, and no cadre of professionals to carry out
>>the research and provide peer review.

>That's not Ufology's 'fault'. As another poster mentioned,
>if cosmology is a science, then ufology is too. And ufology's
>_methods_ do match the definition put forth by Claude Mauge.

>Nowhere in Claude Mauge's definition is level of funding a
>criterion.


Sorry, I dodn't realize that Claude Mauge was citing Holy
Scripture. There is a great deal of confusion evident on this
List about science and scientific method, what they are (or
should be), how they are `defined.'

Philosopher that I am, I am going back to the beginning and
disputing the underlying premise of this entire thread about
whether ufology is or is not a science. Clearly it is not by
most any measure. Proto-science; it could be thought of in
those terms meaningfully.

Think of this: Do we need or want a new `science' for each and
evey unexplained phenomenon of nature? I say No. Do we need
ballightningology? bigfootology? ghostology? anyothetrology? Or
do we simply need the scientific community supported by society
to get busy applying all the skills and knowledge of their
specialties to thorough study of UFOs?

Physical trace cases, radar trackings, photography, E-M effects,
burns, etc. obviously could be studied systematically by
physicists, biologists, meteorlogists, and many other scientific
specialties. Also by engineers, psychologists, and sociologists.
What is lacking is the recognition of UFOs as a reality with
important potential implications and the requisite funding.

Some time ago I laid out a program of how science could study
UFOs in The UFO Evidence: Vol. II. When I get the time I will
excerpt that and post it here on this list.


Dick


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