Re: UFOnet: Obsessive Search for Answers
- Unfortunately investigation into the Phoenix lights is another dead end, for
the following reasons:
re- tv program Aliens and UFOs directed by John Borst: Ed Ashley a former
Aerospace employee, said that he contacted his friends in the aerospace
industry after the Phoenix light episode, and they told him that it was
'they' who were testing a new type of air craft.
Ed goes on to explain that it is USAF policy not to say whether what was
seen in the skies was a test air craft of theirs or not.
It is part of Pentagon policy to neither confirm or deny whether a UFO is a
test plane or not, because the mystique of 'it might being an alien ship'
covers up their Black Ops.
Some people think that test planes are based on alien technology. Who knows?
The USAF at a high enough level, know what exactly is in the skies, whether
it is a test craft or not, they also know whether they are using alien
technology or not. 'We' do not know, and so are left with idle speculations,
like speculating it is crafts based on alien technology or not. But all we
are left with in the end: is what we are told by 'those in the know' , and
if 'they' want to keep us in the dark then the dark is where we remain. (If
later they reach a stage where they decide to enlighten us, then we have
the choice of believing them or not. ) For now we stay in the dark, and
there is no way forward in this investigation. Ed Ashley may or may not be
telling us the truth, he may or may not be a reliable witness. But we are
left with the possibility that the scenario he proposes could be true, and
there is no way to prove or disprove it from our present methodology.
The whole approach to UFOlogy is wrong. There is no headway that can be made
with the approach that we have been pursuing for the past fifty years.
Possible scenarios can be proposed (similar to Ed Ashley's proposal) that
will always lead to dead ends. There is a different approach.
----- Original Message -----
From: Bobbie Felder <jilain@...>
Sent: Saturday, July 01, 2000 5:43 PM
Subject: UFOnet: Obsessive Search for Answers
> 'PHOENIX LIGHTS': OBSESSIVE SEARCH FOR ANSWERS
> In Close Encounters of the Third Kind, an Indiana suburbanite played by
> Richard Dreyfuss sees some kind of spacecraft and becomes so obsessed that
> quits his job to investigate.
> It turns out that doesn't happen only in the movies.
> A Paradise Valley physician who witnessed the ''Phoenix Lights'' from her
> mountainside home on the night of March 13, 1997, has put her career on
> devoted the past three years to research into the sighting and just
> 330-page book that contends conventional explanations don't wash.
> Her work included interviews with witnesses of the unusual lights, UFO
> experts, optical experts, military experts, former astronauts and
> in astrophysics and computer science. She's also studied reports of UFO
> sightings from around the world similar to the one here.
> She agreed to an interview if only her professional name, Dr. Lynne, were
> used. She was known that way appearing as a health consultant for two
> TV stations. Her husband of 28 years is also a physician.
> She started out as a skeptic, looking for logical answers and using her
> medical training to analyze information methodically. Although she doesn't
> know what lit the Arizona sky that night, she's ruled out ordinary
> Lynne is stepping forward now - two TV interviews will also air soon -
> largely because she believes the hundreds of witnesses of the Phoenix
> have been marginalized.
> ''They've been ignored or dismissed as unreliable,'' she said. ''They
> deserve to know that what they saw was real and unexplained. I don't know
> it was, but I know that it was, and I have evidence to prove it.''
> The lights that evening were spotted along a 300-mile corridor from the
> Nevada line through Prescott Valley and Phoenix to the northern edge of
> Tucson. Many witnesses saw a huge ''V'' formation flying silently over the
> state. Later in the night, a series of bright lights appeared on the
> southern horizon.
> Those two events ''constitute one of the most dramatic UFO sightings in
> past 50 years,'' said Peter Davenport, director of the National UFO
> Center in Seattle.
> Others, however, had less out-of-this-world explanations. The ''V''
> formation may have been a squadron of military planes, and the balls of
> could have been high-intensity flares dropped in a training exercise.
> Lynne says those contentions are not supported by eyewitness accounts,
> photographic evidence or optical tests.
> ''I've tried to examine the evidence scientifically and remain open to any
> rational answers, but the evidence doesn't compute,'' she said.
> Her belief that the lights were not routine is reinforced by three other
> sightings of bright, amber orbs from her home. The images on her photos
> videotape don't look the same as pictures of flares or aircraft lights.
> Lynne hardly fits the stereotype of a UFO fanatic. She's highly educated,
> articulate and successful. She has no apparent motive for her
> other than to satisfy her intellectual curiosity. She says she's not
> interested in trying to convince anyone of anything.
> Although I don't find her evidence as conclusive as she does, I'm
> by her work. Even though I'm still inclined to think the lights came from
> world, she gives good reason to doubt past explanations.
> I don't believe ET and his pals were in the sky that night. But I'd feel
> better if we had a firmer fix on what was.
> Memo: Reach Wilson at Steve.Wilson@... or (602) 444-8775.
> Copyright The Arizona Republic (2000)
> STEVE WILSON, The Arizona Republic, 'PHOENIX LIGHTS': OBSESSIVE SEARCH FOR
> ANSWERS. , The Arizona Republic, 02-12-2000, pp A2.
> **coming to you live from deep in the backwoods of Mississippi**
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- At 10:32 PM 7/3/00 +0100, "Roger Anderton" <R.J.Anderton@...> wrote:
>The whole approach to UFOlogy is wrong. There is no headway that can be madeInteresting post. Can you explain what "different approach" you're talking
>with the approach that we have been pursuing for the past fifty years.
>Possible scenarios can be proposed (similar to Ed Ashley's proposal) that
>will always lead to dead ends. There is a different approach.
**coming to you live from deep in the backwoods of Mississippi**
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Life is but an empty dream!
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.~~~
----- Original Message -----
From: Bobbie Felder <jilain@...>
Sent: Tuesday, July 04, 2000 2:54 AM
Subject: Re: UFOnet: Obsessive Search for Answers
> At 10:32 PM 7/3/00 +0100, "Roger Anderton" <R.J.Anderton@...>
> >The whole approach to UFOlogy is wrong. There is no headway that can be
> >with the approach that we have been pursuing for the past fifty years.
> >Possible scenarios can be proposed (similar to Ed Ashley's proposal)
> >will always lead to dead ends. There is a different approach.
> Interesting post. Can you explain what "different approach" you're
Yes, the different approach (to what UFO investigators normally pursue) is
UFO investigation is really like trying to solve a detective whodunit case.
The greatest fictional detective was Sherlock Holmes, and we still follow
roughly his investigation method.
One of his sayings was something like : Whenever you eliminate the
impossible whatever remains no matter how improbable must be the truth.
It would be nice to pursue such an idealization, and list all the possible
answers to the UFO mystery and then prove one by one that they were not the
answer to the mystery, and leaving just one possible answer, no matter how
improbable as being the answer.
i.e. a process of elimination.
That would be then be very hard for sceptics to argue over, and most
sensible people would consider the answer derived from such a method as case
Unfortunately we are denied from being able to pursue it.
Everyone rushes off to solve the UFO mystery and gathers evidence :
witnesses statements, this and that. But they never stop to consider STEP 1
: What is possible?
Some people believe interstellar travel is possible, some people believe it
is not, some people believe time travel is possible etc. etc. How do you
determine what is possible? - which is STEP ZERO.
Everyone has rushed off to STEP TWO, THREE, FOUR or whatever and really we
are stuck at STEP ZERO.
We have not really properly begun our investigation.
People at STEP FOUR or whatever say here I have proven that this particular
UFO case cannot be explained by what we so far know. But we have not done
STEP ZERO yet. All we have when someone presents us with something that
cannot be explained, is 'something that cannot be explained'- in other words
we merely prove that a mystery is a mystery, and we do not solve it.
It is then the scientific methodology to ignore that which we cannot explain
by our present knowledge, in the hopes that it will be explainable later by
the new knowledge that we acquire.
So, far 50 years of UFO investigation has gathered worthless data. It
presents us with data we cannot explain, but we file it in a drawer and
forget about it. It does not provide us with an answer to progress from STEP