Jan 04 2007
A Scientist Examines UFOs
Dr. Bernard Haisch, co-author of the paper I referenced in yesterday’s post, has an excellent site with statements and essays that resonate well with some of the things that we’re trying to say here. Haisch eloquently makes the case for changing how science looks at UFOs–or perhaps using it as it was intended, not as a way to bash others over the head with personal beliefs. I do not worship the scientific method as an answer to everything, but it is a very good tool to have in the box. As the western standard for intellectual currency, it is important to have science take on the UFO subject as something deserving of study in order to have it taken seriously by academia, the media and the public.
Take a look at this definition of skepticism from the site (ufoskeptic.org):
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.
How many people who call themselves “skeptics” actually follow those guidelines? Hence my efforts to get the term “fundamentalist skeptic” into the lexicon.
You may not agree with everything Haisch presents, but that’s one of the things that makes his site so valuable.
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