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Information on the UFO phenomenon by and for professional scientists

Source: ufoskeptic.org editor - Bernard Haisch


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Debate over reported UFO phenomena has raged for over 50 years. All too often, the battle in this classic controversy has been conducted from the extremes: enthusiasts to the left, dogmatists to the right. Amongst the turmoil of claims and rebuttals, Bernard Haisch demonstrates positive skepticism in action.


This level-headed website opens with the following definition.

Skeptic - One who practices the method of suspended judgment, engages in rational and dispassionate reasoning as exemplified by the scientific method, shows willingness to consider alternative explanations without prejudice based on prior beliefs, and who seeks out evidence and carefully scrutinizes its validity.

Should professional scientists concern themselves with UFO phenomena?
When Prof. Peter Sturrock, a prominent Stanford University plasma physicist, conducted a survey of the membership of the American Astronomical Society he found that astronomers who spent time reading up on the UFO phenomenon developed more interest in it. If there were nothing to it, you would expect the opposite. The fact of the matter is, there does exist a vast amount of high quality, albeit enigmatic, data.

Politics and Secrecy Haisch does not claim to be an insider, but has concluded that there is remarkable information in existence. He has learned that it would be possible to maintain long term secrecy on this subject, and why this might be justified. Do certain mass sightings originate from SCI programmes, and has anything emerged from them?

Are UFO phenomena real? Haisch feels it likely that something, "not merely delusional, but real and important" is behind the UFO phenomenon.
"I propose that true skepticism is called for today: neither the gullible acceptance of true belief nor the closed-minded rejection of the scoffer masquerading as the skeptic."

"Advances are made by answering questions.
Discoveries are made by questioning answers."...       Bernard Haisch

UFOskeptic website: ufoskeptic.org
For a contrasting approach: The Klass Files - Online archive of Philip J. Klass' Skeptics UFO newsletter

...and from the other side: UFO Folklore!

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