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 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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