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Re: Skeptic Wanted

From: Steven Kaeser <steve.nul>
Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2007 14:08:00 -0400
Archived: Fri, 14 Sep 2007 16:36:14 -0400
Subject: Re: Skeptic Wanted


>From: Frank Warren <frank-warren.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2007 10:23:33 -0700
>Subject: Re: Skeptic Wanted

>Mornin' Steve, et el,

>>From: Steve Sawyer <stevesaw.nul>
>>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>>Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2007 02:04:28 -0700
>>Subject: Re: Skeptic Wanted

>>>From: Frank Warren <frank-warren.nul>
>>>To: ufoupdates.nul
>>>Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2007 09:10:16 -0700
>>>Subject: Skeptic Wanted

>>>Fellow Listerions,

>>>I would like to hear your thoughts on who might be regarded as
>>>a 'respected skeptic' (living) re. Ufology, specifically. Not a
>>>debunker - those who say, black to our white - rather someone
>>>who has done research and offers a good argument.

>>>Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated...

>>Interesting question. I sent you my recommendation off-List, but
>>it occurred to me to ask, why are you asking? Perhaps if you
>>filled us in on that, you might get more suggestions.

>Thank you for your input (off-List). To answer your question,
>I'm involved in a project that may require an opposing view if
>you will. I couldn't think of any names that fit the bill, so I
>thought that I would pose the questions to the List; I have
>done the same on another List which has garnered no responses
>whatsoever.


Hi Frank,

I think part of the problem is that the word "skeptic" is a word
that brings our strong emotions among ufologists, and I'm not
sure that one could be identified that they really didn't want
to tar and feather, so it doesn't surprise me that the only
recommendations were for one of the more moderate ufologists
(which, of course, doesn't meet your need).

At one brainstorming session there was some thought given to
presenting articles of interest on a web site and then following
up with "counter-point" responses from other researchers who
held a different viewpoint.  This is much of what we do here and
it would be good to formalize it and begin to establish a
foundation for this as a "science", but the idea never went any
futher and remains on the back burner for a couple of sites that
I work with.  If you're looking for opposing views, then you
shouldn't have to look far.  If you need a scientist who is
skeptical of the ETH explaination (but willing to discuss it),
you might contact CUFOS and see if they have any
recommendations.

I was intrigued by the question and the kind of reaction it
would evoke, and it appears that most reactions were
predictable.


Steve



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