From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul> Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2012 22:03:53 -0000 Archived: Sat, 14 Jan 2012 05:10:38 -0500 Subject: Re: Participation In Psychology Dissertation Study >From: Joe McGonagle <joe.mcgonagle.nul> >To: post.nul >Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2012 02:21:43 +0000 >Subject: Re: Participation In Psychology Dissertation Study <snip> >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. Hello Joe, Your wish for a wide-ranging and informative check of 'interest, knowledge and representation in the population' does you credit and is entirely admirable. Calmly looking at the proposal let's see if they plan to a) use a true cross-section of the population; b) impartially check interest, knowledge and conclusions about UFOs in the population: "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!" - We can see that the answer is "NO" to both questions. a) they could more reasonably have divided the population into i) informed pro-UFO folk; ii) un-informed pro-UFOers (believers); iii) informed skeptics (debunkers), iv) un-informed skeptics (disbelievers). Instead they've chosen to class all who've formed a pro-UFO conclusion as 'believers' (perhaps hinting at an assumption that "UFOs don't exist"); that's an agenda to label all pro-UFO folk regardless of the source of their conclusions. b) they only intend to "explore how our beliefs affect the way we process new information". Therefore, given that they have purposely mis-labelled half of the pro-UFO cohorts as 'believers' (see above), you can only expect further misrepresentation from _any_ testing under that protocol. If they continue with that plan then, using my 'test' for outcomes - http://www.ufoupdateslist.com/2012/jan/m10-001.shtml I suggest we will see only a skewed and uninformative set of partial results lending itself (purposely?) to media misrepresentation. Cheers Ray D 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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