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Re: Non-Investigated Flying Objects

From: Richard Hall <dh12.nul>
Date: Sun, 21 Oct 2007 10:16:15 -0400
Archived: Sun, 21 Oct 2007 13:45:38 -0400
Subject: Re: Non-Investigated Flying Objects

>From: Brad Sparks <RB47x.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Sat, 20 Oct 2007 20:36:21 EDT
>Subject: Non-Investigated Flying Objects

>Non-Investigated Flying Objects (NFOs) - Neither UFO or IFO

>I suggest naming the category of non-investigated or
>uninvestigated sightings "NFOs" or Non-investigated Flying
>Objects (NFOs). This is an indeterminate catchall category for
>initial incoming sighting reports prior to any Hynek screening
>or investigation. Most cases will fall into this category and
>never get reclassified as either IFOs or UFOs. The 'NFO' term
>falls nicely in between IFO and UFO alphabetically which is
>conceptually where it belongs.

>For simplicity I include all conventional explanations within
>the scope of the term IFO including cases where there is no
>object at all, such as some hallucinations and hoaxes. I don't
>quibble over hypertechnicalities of the 'flying' term, where
>purists complain that we usually don't know if the object is
>flying using aerodynamic principles, and celestial bodies are
>not 'flying' at all, etc. The traditional 'UFO' term uses the
>word 'flying' and everyone has a rough idea what 'UFO' and 'IFO'
>mean and they don't take it so literally. 'NFO' nicely and
>logically alliterates with IFO and UFO so it will suggest the


Brad & List,

I think this is an excellent idea and I heartily endorse it. Far
too much time is wasted on NFOs and far too much confusion is
created by not focusing more on true UFOs (well-investigated
former NFOs). This is a vitally important distinction that often
is not understood by either `believers' or `debunkers.'
Obviously this does not mean that you would ignore or fail to
consider promising NFO cases.

It would not be a label that implies a final answer or a final
categorization. It would be a `gray basket' categorization that
would include both potential IFOs and UFOs. From whatever
reported details are available on a case, we might strongly
suspect a resolution one way or the other based on knowledge and
past exoerience. But without careful investigation our
suspicions would remain only that.


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