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Re: Skeptic Wanted

From: Bruce Maccabee <brumac.nul>
Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2007 10:42:14 -0400
Archived: Thu, 20 Sep 2007 18:09:08 -0400
Subject: Re: Skeptic Wanted


>From: Steve Sawyer <stevesaw.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2007 00:15:52 -0700
>Subject: Re: Skeptic Wanted

>>From: James Molesworth <jtmol1.nul>
>>To: ufoupdates.nul
>>Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2007 14:33:26 +1000
>>Subject: Re: Skeptic Wanted


>>Your statements regarding the best ufologists being the best
>.>skeptics was indeed precisely my contention - if ufologists are
>>doing their job properly, there is no need whatsoever for
>>'skeptics' to be involved. The issue of bias is entirely beside
>>the point, as researchers in all fields are permitted to be
>>biased, so long as their research is nonetheless conducted in a
>>proper, rigorous manner.

<snip>

>>On a more useful note for the purpose to which this thread was
>>originally posted, I do have a fairly large collection of papers
>>written by scholars in fields such as sociology and psychology
>>on the topic of UFOs and abduction etc. in which a considerable
>>amount of research appears to have been undertaken despite the
>>'skeptical' views of the authors. if it would be of any
>>assistance, I would be happy to reproduce the titles and authors
>>- perhaps one of them would be willing to act as a skeptic in an
>>investigation?

<snip>

>I, for one, _would_ like to see some of the names, and related
>titles of cogent papers, of those you consider among the very
>best, skeptical in the truest sense, and scientifically legit
>presentations and statements of some of the, say, top 10, of the
>pantheon you cite above, on the UFO subject.

>We all could use a more objective understanding of and reality
>check about the philosophy of science as actually conducted and
>in relation to the UFO phenomenon. So I endorse and request your
>further comment and specific recommendations. Others? (thanking
>you, also, in wordy humility, in advance...)


You may be interested in a paper that contains a discussion of
ufo skepticism:

Prosaic Explanations: The Failure Of UFO Skepticism

at:

http://brumac.8k.com/prosaic1.html


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