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Re: Participation In Psychology Dissertation Study

From: Joe McGonagle <joe.mcgonagle.nul>
Date: Sun, 08 Jan 2012 23:07:26 +0000
Archived: Sun, 08 Jan 2012 18:34:17 -0500
Subject: Re: Participation In Psychology Dissertation Study


>From: Don Ledger <dledger.nul>
>To: post.nul
>Date: Fri, 06 Jan 2012 13:45:42 -0400
>Subject: Re: Participation In Psychology Dissertation Study

>>From: Joe McGonagle <joe.mcgonagle.nul>
>>To: post.nul
>>Date: Thu, 05 Jan 2012 23:12:14 +0000
>>Subject: Re: Participation In Psychology Dissertation Study

<snip>

>>I think any academic attempt to study aspects of ufology are
>>worth encouraging.

>More psycho social babble, Joe. Consider the topic; Psychology
>Dissertation Study.

>Once you posit the belief aspect you are opening the door to the
>prospect of all witnesses having a psychotic event each time
>they have seem something odd in the sky.

Only if you think that there is only one explanation to all UFO
reports.

>Let's not forget that we are always dealing with a group of
>licensed individuals who are working with a pseudo-science that
>has no scientific constant. Catch as catch can is the name of
>the game so there is no sense in introducing this subject as a
>viable aspect to the phenomenon.

In this case we appear to be dealing with a student attempting to
write a UFO-oriented dissertation.

>I really don't care what group Andrew is working with. They are
>not dealing with hard-core cases; they are attempting to stain
>it by intro- ducing a mental aspect to it-regardless who are
>reporting, what they are reporting- in what detail they are
>reporting and what is backing up the report.

So you maintain that there are zero cases which have a "mental
aspect" to them? I would argue the opposite - all cases have a
"mental aspect" to them - whether that aspect is around
perception, predisposition, or any number of "mental" processes
a witness goes through in an attempt to identify what it is they
are observing or experiencing.

>Any damn fool can find the nut cases out there and lump them in
>and poison the whole data pool.

Ah, so you already know that that is what Andrew is attempting to
do? Next time you look into your crystal ball, please can you
send me next Friday's winning lottery numbers?

>And cut the poor-mouthing Joe; your not fooling anyone. If I ever
>see anything positive/upbeat come out of your postings, it will be
>a day of wonder.

Perhaps you should review your own input on this list for the
last 3 years or more before you criticise me for being
"downbeat". When there is something worth being upbeat about,
then I will happily post it - like an academic taking an
interest in ufology, for example.

Ufologists often bemoan the lack of academic interest in
ufology, then when there is some their reaction hardly
encourages further interest.


Regards,

Joe



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