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Re: Participation In Psychology Dissertation Study

From: Eleanor White <ewraven1.nul>
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2012 18:50:52 -0500
Archived: Sat, 14 Jan 2012 05:12:30 -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>

>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 etc.? 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
>on.

>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.

As a 16-year activist working to expose and stop another deemed-
by-psychologists/psychiatrists as an "all in the head"
phenomenon (organized stalking and electronic harassment,
OS/EH,) I really understand Don's and others' reluctance
regarding a study about beliefs. _Really_ under- stand.

My thoughts on such a study as suggested by Joe above are that
it could be done in such a way that it might not discredit the
hard work of serious UFO researchers.

First - there must be _zero_ association with either psychology
or psychiatry. Psychologists and psychiatrists have been
damning our members for years with the same crap, that if you
report harassment by more than one perpetrator, you are mentally
ill. They are _toxic_ to truth, period, and they themselves
have earned that status with their own behaviour. No one has
unfairly labelled them.

Second - if such a survey were done by a commercial polling
company, that would demonstrate distance from serious UFO
research, and psychologists/psychiatrists as well.

Periodic commercial polls could well provide data of interest, I
suggest, without harming ufology in the public's eye.

There may be some academic arenas where such surveys would not
be harm credibility - a faculty of journalism, for example.
Sociology? Not so sure. Astronomy would be a good host
discipline for such surveys, and with all these Earth-like-
planet statistics popping up, astronomy faculties might be more
inclined to look favourably on such surveys than in the past.

So I think there are ways to get the data of interest without
being all that harmful to serious UFO research.


Eleanor White



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