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Re: UFO Photographs And Film

From: Robert Powell <rpowell.nul>
Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2012 10:44:06 -0600
Archived: Wed, 19 Dec 2012 06:59:47 -0500
Subject: Re: UFO Photographs And Film


>From: John Donaldson <John.Donaldson.nul>
>To: <post.nul>
>Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2012 10:46:07 +0000
>Subject: Re: UFO Photographs And Film

>>From: John Donaldson <John.Donaldson.nul>
>>To: <post.nul>
>>Date: Mon, 27 Aug 2012 15:48:09 +0100
>>Subject: UFO Photographs And Film
>>I am a PhD student in philosophy at the University of Glasgow

><snip>

>>I look forward to any and all responses, which I am happy to
>>receive off or on-list
>Dear List-Members,

>In August I posted with some queries about the strength of
>photographic evidence for the ETH. I received a number of very
>helpful responses, with which I engaged in some correspondence,
>before promising to post a general response to the list. Various
>other commitments postponed that response until now:

>I present some initial thoughts on some of the key evidence
>taken by many to support the ET hypothesis (and perhaps other
>non-prosaic theses). I assess such evidence from the perspective
>of the neutral who does not have any inside knowledge of the UFO
>phenomenon, has had no UFO experiences, and merely wishes to
>decide, based on the evidence presented by ufologists, whether
>or not the ETH is true. It seems to me that the non-prosaic
>theses remain unproven, but not to such an extent that belief in
>them is completely un-warranted.

>I focus on the two strongest types of witness case, (1) visual-
>photographic, and (2) visual-radar cases. On the former I think
>the jury will remain out, at best, but on the latter I think
>there is some prospect for settling the case one way or the
>other.

<snip>

>I hope that the members of this list find these thoughts
>worthwhile.

John,

The crux of your reasoning seems to boil down to the old adage:
incredible claims require incredible proof. Fair enough. But my
concern is that there is a mindset that says, "Without the
incredible proof we will not even investigate an incredible
claim". Unless the UFO phenomenon is properly researched then it
will always be a mystery and we will never solve it.


Robert




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