From: John Donaldson <John.Donaldson.nul> Date: Mon, 27 Aug 2012 15:48:09 +0100 Archived: Mon, 27 Aug 2012 15:57:22 -0400 Subject: UFO Photographs And Film Dear List Members, I am a PhD student in philosophy at the University of Glasgow and I have recently begun to take some interest in the UFO phenomenon, and I would be very grateful if any member of this list would be willing to assist with the following query. Philosophers, especially those in the Western analytic tradition, are known for having naturally sceptical minds (be they novices or not), and I like to think that I do not break that mould. Nevertheless, I do find quite compelling much of the testimony which constitutes UFO reports, as well as the various radar-visual, and physical trace cases as reported in the work of MacDonald, Hynek, Clark and others. Such evidence, it seems to me, is tantalising, and is sufficient for a reasonable case to be made in support of the ETH. However, I am also struck by the apparent paucity of the hardest of hard evidence, which should include photographic and film evidence of an entirely unambiguous nature, it seems -- particularly given the frequency of striking UFO reports, the many years during which the phenomenon has persisted, and the increasing world-wide dissemination of personal devices which allow both photography and filming. Why, then, is such evidence absent? It seems to me that among the (not mutually exclusive) possible responses are: (1) It isn't absent, and here it is! I would be very grateful if anyone could point me in the direction of the sources where such evidence might be found. I am already familiar to some extent with such classic cases as the 1950 McMinnville and 1971 Lago de Cote photographs, and an initial search of the archives of this list has revealed others of more recent provenance such as the 2004 Whittlesea photograph. I recognise that judging the quality of such evidence is difficult, especially given the noise that the best cases need to be distinguished from. However, as interesting as the best cases are, I think even the most charitable interpretation of them would fall short, somewhat, of entirely lacking in ambiguity. Moreover, there seems to be even less film evidence of anything like the quality of the apparently relatively scarce photographic evidence. (2) It isn't absent, but the public can't access it. It has been argued by some that the best evidence is in the possession of various authorities, and withheld from public view. I do not think that this is by any means an absurd position to hold, but even a defender of it must recognise that there are some arguments against it which possess prima facie force -- it would require at least every government in the developed world, or very powerful groups within those governments, to track down and confiscate every single piece of unambiguous evidence; that would require a consistent level of competency and power which most organised groups of people rarely exhibit. (3) It is absent, but there are good reasons why. Two potential explanations were given by MacDonald in his statement to the House Committee on Science and Astronautics, namely that those who experience UFOs are often stunned into inaction by the experience, and that most people just don't have a camera to hand all the time. Perhaps the first argument still stands, but the second one has been considerably weakened over time, especially since the rise of Iphones and all the rest. Moreover, given that the UFO phenomenon has persisted for at least 50 years, the following thought is surely not entirely unreasonable: someone, somewhere, must have gotten unambiguous photographic, or film footage by now. I realise I am very much a new kid on the block, and I apologise if my query seems naive or ill-informed. I look forward to any and all responses, which I am happy to receive off or on-list, depending on whatever the responder judges is most appropriate. Best wishes, John Donaldson Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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