From: Terry W. Colvin <fortean1.nul> Date: Mon, 4 Mar 2013 16:09:16 +0700 (GMT+07:00) Archived: Tue, 05 Mar 2013 05:34:58 -0500 Subject: The Scientific Study Of UFOs This is an extract of my college term paper: Hostile Skeptics and True Believers - A Fortean Approach Terry W. Colvin Western International University CAP 485 Integrated Capstone Professor -- Dr. Loyd Ray Ganey Jr. April 29, 2004 I now have a BA in Behavioral Science. Terry ----- The Scientific Study Of UFOs Careful reading of the full report reveals that 25-33 percent of the reports remained unsolved. Condon's personal views and his laissez-faire oversight contributed to the personality conflicts, hypocrisy, and incompetence of the work and to the overall negative tone of the report's executive summary (conclusion). Media reviewers read only the conclusion and scanned the numerous technical chapters thereby contributing to downplaying any need for further study. Case studies and a brief history of UFOs lead to the "scientific context" chapters, e.g. perception and reporting, optics, radar, sonic boom, atmospheric electricity and plasma, and balloons. Twenty-four appendices give the flavor of U.S. government handling of UFO reports from the late 1940s through the late 1960s. Critics such as Dr. J. Allen Hynek, USAF con- sultant on Project Blue Book, and Dr. James E. McDonald, a University of Arizona atmospheric physicist, stated the Condon Report was a setup to rid the USAF of its public relations nightmare and that some allegedly explained cases were actually unknowns, respectively. See web site: http://www.ncas.org/condon/ for the complete study on-line (Condon, 1969). "The 1968 Scientific Study of Unidentified Flying Objects is presented complete with graphics, equations and photographs. This was the final report of a US Air Force-funded university study per- formed by Edward U. Condon et al. It is sometimes called "Project Blue Book", named after the Air Force structure for handling UFO reports prior to 1966." [Published review of Terry W. Colvin in Fortean Times] The U.S. Air Force beat a hasty retreat out of the official UFO business following an independent evaluation of its work by the University of Colorado. Headed by physicist Edward Condon, the two-year Scientific Study of Unidentified Flying Objects drew three conclusions: 1) UFOs didn't represent a technology beyond the 1969 level of understanding; 2) they didn't threaten national security; and 3) continued study of the phenomenon probably wouldn't contribute anything to modern science (Condon, 1969). Statement by Dr. McDonald: "The Condon Report, released in January, 1968, after about two years of Air Force-supported study is, in my opinion, quite inadequate. The sheer bulk of the Report, and the inclusion of much that can only be viewed as "scientific padding", cannot conceal from anyone who studies it closely the salient point that it represents an examination of only a tiny fraction of the most puzzling UFO reports of the past two decades, and that its level of scientific argumentation is wholly unsatisfactory. Further- more, of the roughly 90 cases that it specifically confronts, over 30 are conceded to be unexplained. With so large a fraction of unexplained cases (out of a sample that is by no means limited only to the truly puzzling cases, but includes an objectionably large number of obviously trivial cases), it is far from clear how Dr. Condon felt justified in concluding that the study indicated "that further extensive study of UFOs probably cannot be justified in the expectation that science will be advanced thereby (Condon, 1969). Terry W. Colvin Ladphrao (Bangkok), Thailand Pran Buri (Hua Hin), Thailand http://terrycolvin.freewebsites.com/ [Terry's Fortean & "Work" itty-bitty site] 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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