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Re: Participation In Psychology Dissertation Study

From: Joe McGonagle <joe.mcgonagle.nul>
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2012 02:21:43 +0000
Archived: Fri, 13 Jan 2012 08:29:26 -0500
Subject: Re: Participation In Psychology Dissertation Study

>From: Don Ledger <dledger.nul>
>To: post.nul
>Date: Tue, 10 Jan 2012 14:34:03 -0400
>Subject: Re: Participation In Psychology Dissertation Study

>>From: Joe McGonagle <joe.mcgonagle.nul>
>>To: post.nul
>>Date: Sun, 08 Jan 2012 23:07:26 +0000
>>Subject: Re: Participation In Psychology Dissertation Study


Apologies for the large snip, it isn't because it isn't relevant,
or interesting (it is both), but I don't think it needs to be
repeated in the context of this reply.

I can sort of understand where you are coming from based on your
analogy, but I still think you, Jerry and Ray have jumped the
gun and made assumptions about the study which are unfounded.

As I understand it (and I have completed the questionnaire which
was painless and even fun), the study is about attitudes to the
paranormal (which like it or not, most people see ufology as
being a part of).

I can think of all sorts of potentially useful output from such
a study. How widespread is the interest? Is it gender and/or age
sensitive? How much is the interest driven by
media/religion/superstition/technological advances et c.? Why
are a large proportion of society totally disinterested in it?

If the study is repeated periodically, it may help to identify
things like why interest levels fluctuate - is that due to
bad/good press, differences in education standards, new
discoveries, space technology activity, rise or decline of
religious participation, un/availability of official records,
political dis/trust, military tension, economic climate and so

What I struggle to see is what damage this can do to Ufology,
which is why I don't understand the apparent revulsion and/or
suspicion expressed by the three of you.



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