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Re: Participation In Psychology Dissertation Study

From: John Harney <magonia.nul>
Date: Mon, 9 Jan 2012 16:23:34 -0000
Archived: Mon, 09 Jan 2012 15:45:07 -0500
Subject: Re: Participation In Psychology Dissertation Study

>From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul>
>To: <post.nul>
>Date: Sat, 7 Jan 2012 17:49:45 -0000
>Subject: Re: Participation In Psychology Dissertation Study

>>From: John Harney <magonia.nul>
>>To: <post.nul>
>>Date: Fri, 6 Jan 2012 20:17:17 -0000
>>Subject: Re: Participation In Psychology Dissertation Study

>>This study is obviously about what people do or do not believe
>>about UFO reports, which seems a perfectly reasonable idea to
>>me. I can't express any opinion about whether it is likely to be
>>useful or not, as I have not seen the questionnaire and, unlike
>>Jerry and Ray, I find it rather difficult to pass judgement on
>>something without knowing all the relevant details.

>John, a harsher person than me would say those are weasel words
>(deceptive euphemisms), as we can see by looking at the original


>"Request for participation in Psychology dissertation study
>(University of Northampton) on UFO belief Participants are
>requested for a Psychology dissertation research study, exploring
>how our beliefs affect the way we process new information.

>This is a new study which will hopefully develop further
>understanding in UFO belief, specifically with regard to some
>UFOs having an extraterrestrial cause. Whether you believe, are
>sceptical, or are unsure.this study is for you!"


>Clearly the psychologists wanted three easily-labelled cohorts:
>'believers' 'skeptics' and waverers. It's also clear that the
>'investigation' was not at all interested in actual UFO evidence
>or its credibility.

You just don't get it, do you? This is a survey about attitudes
to UFO reports, presumably to find out what people do or do not
believe about them. It's about _psychology_, not about
collecting and evaluating evidence about UFOs, although it is of
course possible that any findings from such studies could be
used to assess the reliability of UFO witnesses.

There are, of course, some reports which are unexplained, or
which have no generally agreed explanations, and for which the
psychological aspects seem unimportant. The study of these is
obviously (to me, at least) not relevant to a psychological
study. As the purpose of this study is plainly not to pronounce
on whether or not some UFOs are - to use a ufological buzz-
phrase - truly anomalous, I can't see why it should provoke such
indignation from - how shall I put it? - some not-so-sceptical

John Harney

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