From: Bruce Maccabee <brumac.nul> Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2012 11:56:39 -0400 (EDT) Archived: Thu, 20 Sep 2012 14:08:22 -0400 Subject: Re: Lord Martin Rees "Only Kooks See UFOs" >Source: HuffPo.Com >http://tinyurl.com/8rrk7cx >09/19/2012 >Lord Martin Rees: Aliens Fascinate Everyone, But Only Kooks See UFOs >Lee Speigel >Astronomers - the men and women who study the stars, galaxies >and beyond - have an almost universal agreement that there's >nothing of scientific interest when it comes to the subject of >UFOs. >In fact, many professionals who gaze into the heavens actually >speak about UFO sightings with disdain - even though countless >military officials, heads of state, newsmakers and commercial >pilots have said they've seen unidentified flying objects. >"No serious astronomer gives any credence to any of these >stories," said Lord Martin Rees, the official U.K. astronomer >royal. >[More at site... ] The following listed papers pertain to both the Kooks discussion and to the Pseudoscience discussion (Can some "non-believers" be characterized as "kooks" doing pseudoscience?) Rees is not the first to refer to UFO witnesses as "kooks". Edward Condon of the Condon Report - Scientific Investigation of Unidentified Flying Objects, 1969 - was not as blunt but did refer to witnesses as "poor observers". However, years later I ran directly into the "kook" characterization of witnesses when I submitted my report on the New Zealand sightings (December 31, 1978) to the refereed technical journal Applied Optics. This journal, late in 1978, published an article that suggested that at least some UFO reports of lights in the sky were actually reports of "glowing insects" - made to glow by electric discharge from their antennae and legs! Because this article was published in Applied Optics I thought that there was a possibility that AO might publish my report on the optical analysis of the 16 mm color film obtained during part of the Dec. 31 sightings. Ultimately what I wrote was published but not before the real opinion of the editor, John Howard, was clearly stated to me in a letter: UFO believers are "99 and 44/100 percent kooks". For more amusing details about "kooks", the articles that were published and plenty of "pseudoscience" by "non-believers" see: www.brumac.8k.com/NEW_ZEALAND/NZSB.html www.brumac.8k.com/ChallengeParadigm/Challenging%20the%20Paradigm.htm and also the last major section of the following (skip to Non-Publication of Scientific Papers) www.brumac.8k.com/Still%20In%20Default/Still%20in%20Default.html 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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