Re: UFOnet: Obsessive Search for Answers
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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